Any good tips that have helped you folks get “faster and more fluid” with banjo- of course I do know with everyone its different some may have nimbler fingers than others , there are times I feel I am making good progress then I listen to Ben’s rendition and am like, man… I am only 50% of the way there! Even after I have practiced (Cripple Creek) for a year now.
I don’t claim to have a whole lot of speed, but here are some thoughts.
Practice with metronome, keeping the speed of it to where your playing is good and clean. Don’t raise the speed before whatever you’re playing is really clean.
Good curl on the fingers.
Make sure the neck is not resting on the side of your palm.
Good thumb pressure on the back of the neck.
Anchor your finger or fingers in whatever way is most comfortable. (Some will take issue with that).
Hope that is useful.
@shirecommercial, please consider posting a video of your right hand while playing. I may be able to point some things out that will get you going pretty quick!