What you do next depends on what type of music you want to make.
If playing that way makes you happy, then there's no compelling reason to do more. If this is what you choose to work on, you'll probably be on your own. I'd call what you're doing two-finger bum-ditty. It's picking that somewhat imitates clawhammer and sounds to me not too far from one way that Pete Seeger played. You might find some guidance in the Pete Seeger book.
It's how I played for the first month or so when I picked up the banjo in spring of 1972 before starting lessons and learning proper 3-finger technique.
If you want to play bluegrass or play melodies in a style that sounds more banjoistic, then you need to learn Scruggs style-3-finger. You can do that on your own with books or videos or with the help of a personal teacher or online membership program.
Ken’s exactly right. If playing what is a very legitimate folk/traditional style works for you, then go for it. That’s a good style for singing. If you want to play bluegrass, then that’s a whole ‘nother thing.
Well at the very least I'm doing something... I used it on a few times at a gig last night.."this land is your land" etc, and it sounded like I knew what I was doing. Think I'll persevere and learn some rolls, I want to play like Scruggs .after all that's why I bought the 5 string..thank you all for all the input, it is really appreciated..marty
...who is recommended online as a good teacher, I want to start at the beginning . . .
What Ken H said about John Boulding and Jim Pankey. They both teach privately via Skype. They also both have posted free online video instruction. In john's case, over 100 videos.
If you don't want private one-on-one lessons, you could subscribe to either Tony Trischka's banjo school at Artistworks.com or Banjo Ben Clark's school at his own website. Artistworks almost always has a discount coupon going, so search for that before paying full fare.
Tks everyone . It nice to have some people to reach out to , especially when it comes to music info. Music has been a major part of my life and it's great therapy.especally in trying times. one of the reasons I picked the challenge of the five string.u cannot be thinking negative stuff when your thying to play an upside down enverted forward backward roll lol. Tks to u all.peace