August 23, 2006
If hybrid-picked pick-and-fingers patterns such as the one Robot employs here seem at all alien to you, or are hard for you to play fast, warm up on some basic banjo rolls in which the pick, middle, and ring fingers are each assigned to pluck one string [Ex. 2]. Then, evolve the approach—take inspiration from Jones and Robot by having your pick and middle finger trade off on plucking the same string within a phrase, as in Ex. 3. This technique is exactly what propels Robot’s trophy-winning lick in Ex. 1.