- The thumbpick
- The fingerpicks
There is also something to be said about how far you put the fingerpick down on your finger. There’s no correct way to do it – it will vary depending on your preference. But some experts recommend pushing it down in such a way that only a bit of the fingerpick will stick out from the finger, about one-eighth of an inch. Some players prefer to have more of the pick blade showing beyond the fingertip. You can then bend the portion that sticks out so it is more curved. This can give you a much clearer tone and results in less noise from the fingerpick. Doing this also allows you to play more cleanly.
One thing you can do is twist the fingerpick slightly to one side, this will allow you to play the banjo strings more easily. When your hand is in its position for playing, it usually rests at an angle, and your fingers would normally strike the banjo strings at a specific angle as well. But this can result in noise from the pick and a less full or clear tone while the pick is straighter on.. However, when you twist the fingerpicks, you can lessen this issue. Good luck, and happy playing!