Playing Irish banjo with a thimble
Further to my post some years ago on this subject, I recently discovered 2 tips to facilitate smooth and consistent playing when using a thimble. Not infrequently when playing my thimble would momentary for a mili second stick on the string, usually in the middle of a triplet thus impeding slightly flow and rhythm. I was removing some scratches on the barrel of one of my thimbles and finished the process with 1000 grade wet and dry. The result was amazing in terms of the thimble gliding smoothly from string to string and also cut down some of the usual additional noise one gets with thimble playing. I used the same method on thimbles with no visible signs of scratches with the same result. Don’t use wet and dry however on the blade of the thimble, use medium sandpaper for this.
Second tip is to ensure the tip of the index finger is no more than about 3 mils from the striking end of the thimble. Hope this is useful to someone