Home Position

Right Hand Home Position

One of the most important beginning skills is the development of a natural feel for string location in the right-hand.

I call it the “Home Position” or 3-1-5. Place the thumb on the fifth, the index on the third and the middle finger on the first. Make sure the blades of your fingerpicks are touching each string flush. With a short grasping motion, play each of the three strings together listening for balance. Each string sound should be present and at an equal volume. Put an equal amount of energy on each string so that a perfect three-note chord is produced.

Strive to play this exercise with as little movement as possible. The right-arm or wrist should not touch the banjo head. The mid-arm anchors on the armrest and the ring and little fingeres are planted close to but not touching the the bridge. This forms a flat-plane of activity over the strings.  All motion comes from the knuckles of the fingers.

After getting the feeling of this position proceed to Right hand Warmup #1