Just starting to make another run at the banjo after a very long (decades) lay-off. I’m a lefty who plays right-handed and is short on natural talent. First near-term goal is to learn Angeline the Baker well enough to play decently with some friends at a reasonable tempo. (When I played in the past, it was always alone – strictly a closet picker, with all the attending issues).
So, my question has to do with the first note (second string, first fret) following the pinch (first string, second finger; second string, first finger) in measures 7 and 15. The TAB specifies use of index finger, which I don’t have any problem with until playing along at or close to 220 BPM, especially after I’ve been going at it for a while. It starts to get hard for me to hit that note quite on time and with good force, which then usually affects the hammer-on carrying into the next measure. Sometimes I can do better picking it with my thumb, but I’m concerned that might contribute to forming a bad habit. Maybe I just need to have more patience with building speed.