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Stability of the right hand

Posted by Mario Rimoldi on Friday, March 25, 2011

I'm about seven months in to playing the banjo and I am learning so much, sometimes there seems like so many things to learn and different methods that you have to pace yourself. I bought so many things , dvd's etc. and I am actually on my second banjo since the first one was an entry level one that I can't really play any more. When I set up my right hand I anchor my pinky since the ring finger automaticly moves with the middle finger and I also try to arch my wrist a little but it always seems to bend back in when I am playing , I was wondering if this is just a learning curve or if anyone has any suggestions in practicing this technique. Thanks.

3 comments on “Stability of the right hand”

Texasbanjo Says:
Friday, March 25, 2011 @10:41:46 AM

I wouldn't worry about it. Many people only anchor the pinkie because the ring finger seems to be "attached" to the middle when you're picking. Some people overcome the problem, others don't.

As far as arching the wrist, as long as your picking isn't suffering, I wouldn't worry about that, either. I pick with an almost straight wrist and it doesn't affect my picking at all.

tgaryc Says:
Friday, March 25, 2011 @11:30:52 AM

I see many good players that plant only one finger (either the pinky or ring finger) and it doesn't seem to effect there playing. I try to plant both and can if I play easy and relaxed but if I get excited or try to hard the ring finger will move and bounce around. I put most of the pressure on the arm guard for stability and that works for me. I think you have more control with both fingers planted but I think what ever works for you is what is right.
best of luck

Augie Says:
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 @11:44:49 AM

When I started out I couldn't keep my ring finger down. It was all over the place. I had heard that you should anchor it, so I velcro'ed my ring and pinky together. I practiced like that for quite a while and then removed the velcro and found that now my ring finger is anchored and the pinky has a mind of it's own. I quit worrying about it. I do try to keep an arch in my right wrist and keep my fingers curled up overthe strings like Murphy shows and that seems to be working. Now if I can get the left hand under control. I'll be good enough to play in the nursing homes. They say they enjoy most near enything.

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