6/3/2022 3:57:55 PM
I might be the odd man out, but I don't use picks when playing banjo. Guitar - yes! Banjo - no! Did once upon a time back in the 60's & early 70's (3-Finger picking). I don't with clawhammer, PS's Basic Strum, Double-thumbing & a bunch of misc. fingerpicking styles I use of 3/4 & 6/8 tunes.
6/3/2022 4:53:16 PM
I started out on the banjo religiously following Pete’s guidance in his book “How to Play the 5-String Banjo “. In it, he described using three finger pick. The first two, on the index and middle finger, facing inward, and the last one on the ring finger, facing outward, covering the nail. That reverse pic he used for the down stroke on his Basic Strum. He also describe using a thumb pick. But, over the years, I discovered that Pete rarely if ever used a thumb pick. Many times he didn’t use any pick. One of the things that banjo instructions seemed never to discuss was the common practice of growing your fingernails on the ring, middle, and index finger of your right hand and picking with your natural nails. I have never achieved that, though 45 years after following Pete‘s pick instructions religiously, I decided I would try to learn clawhammer, and was able to grow the fingernail of my middle right finger for the the down stroke. If you start using pics on the thumb index and middle finger, while adding a third pick in reverse on the ring finger, and you play Seeger style, you will easily be able to use those picks should you decide to go to Scruggs style, though the ring finger pick will be unnecessary.