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Going back to the beginning again with the banjo! Here’s a question. You “plant” your little finger (pinkie to you) on the soundboard. I find that quite restrictive to begin with. Coming from finger picking with a guitar where you “plant” your index middle and ring fingers to play an arpeggio, or pluck a chord. I couldn’t play a classical piece if I planted my little finger on the soundboard of the guitar. Now with the banjo of course you are only using the index and middle finger. Should I try to retrain my hand with keeping the little finger down. What are the advantages? Any disadvantages?