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      Avatar of banjoboyjeffery Nichols

      Hello banjo players, I’m having a problem picking the high G string to hard.It makes the sound like it is strung on the sharp side but is in proper tuning. I’m trying to pick it lighter with little or no success. I have also changed to a plastic medium pick which hasn’t helped much. I’m now considering stringing with a different string? Any advice or opinions would be appreciated.

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      My guess is it will just take some more conscious effort and practice. This is a very common issue though many people have (myself included).

      Instead of trying to “quiet down” your thumb, you could try the opposite approach for a while, bring up the volume of your index and middle finger to match your thumb.

      Once you get all three fingers the same volume you could then work on turning the overall volume “up or down.”

      It’s hard to say without seeing the banjo but it’s possible you’re hitting the string too hard which is making it sound “sharp.”

      – Mike

    • #126851
      Avatar of banjoboyjeffery Nichols

      Thanks for the advice, I will try that.

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