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Nov 22, 2023 - 9:51:14 AM
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2282 posts since 4/18/2006

One of the most common things I get asked about are my thoughts on right hand technique and how to develop better technique.  I made this video with my thoughts.  I hope this is helpful to some!

Nov 22, 2023 - 10:14:48 AM
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278 posts since 12/12/2021

Thanks Gabe. Much appreciated!

Nov 22, 2023 - 12:04:09 PM

4200 posts since 7/12/2006

One thing i notice about many beginners is that they want to play fast right away. and that causes their right hands to tighten up and lose that fluidity that must always accompany speed. I cannot stress enough to beginners to SLOW DOWN and keep that right hand relaxed and in that letter ,"C" look and a avoiding the "fly away fingers" habit.
Play no faster than you can think is a good motto to go by. ( i may have to slow waaaay down lol)

Nov 22, 2023 - 12:23:47 PM

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5725 posts since 12/7/2006

Very thorough and clear.  And shows how all the parts function together.


Nov 22, 2023 - 1:58:17 PM

3614 posts since 4/5/2006
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Excellent synopsis Gabe. Stress-free technique is what it's all about. Thank you for the presentation.

Nov 22, 2023 - 4:27:19 PM



102 posts since 7/28/2022

Thumbs up Gabe, yes this video was very helpful. Thanks for sharing.

Nov 22, 2023 - 8:11:23 PM

56 posts since 2/5/2023

Thanks Gabe! Very helpful.

Nov 23, 2023 - 5:33:26 AM

6869 posts since 10/13/2007

Thank you for the new thoughts and for sharing your insight & experiences.
I hope you have a happy Thanksgiving.

Nov 23, 2023 - 8:03:03 AM
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4027 posts since 11/8/2010

I never thought about the third pivot you explained. I do sometimes hit the head with the thumb pick (despite using a very short thumb pick). When that happens, I will think about your advice! Thanks a lot!

Nov 23, 2023 - 8:53:23 AM

9487 posts since 8/30/2004

Hi Gabe,
Listened to your advice about using your  R. H. and other advice. Excellent tutorial Gabe. The thumb hitting the head is always bound to happen once in a while. Look at most of the Pros banjo heads. Always a thumb scrape or two...Thanks a lot Gabe...Jack Baker

Originally posted by banjo1930

One of the most common things I get asked about are my thoughts on right hand technique and how to develop better technique.  I made this video with my thoughts.  I hope this is helpful to some!

Nov 23, 2023 - 6:15:20 PM

44 posts since 9/9/2022


Thanks for sharing all your insights, it is an invaluable help to me beginning this banjo journey. As a guitar player (not classical) I always anchor my left pinky and have been struggling with the 2-finger anchor. I had read that it's not necessary to use 2 but this help me validate the that using my pinky is ok. Your insights are a treasure to this community.

Nov 28, 2023 - 8:41:38 AM

2282 posts since 4/18/2006

Thanks all!

Nov 30, 2023 - 12:53:43 PM

1 posts since 6/6/2023

How did you deal with that injury? I have been dealing with pain and tightness in the same spot you pointed to, but in both my first and middle finger. It's been about six months since the first major flair up. Now that I'm paying a lot more attention to tension, it's not nearly as bad as it was in the first two months, but I'm worried it will never completely go away.

Dec 4, 2023 - 10:33:14 AM

2282 posts since 4/18/2006

My injury took many many years for me to stop feeling it in any way. I will still get aching if I'm not careful and play too much without a break. Early on when I first got the injury I rested my hand for several weeks and didn't play. After the pain went away I focused a lot on my technique and found that if I played for too long I would feel an ache there. When I felt the ache again I would take a break. As the years went along I would feel the aching in that joint less and less and the flare ups would be fewer and further between.

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