Before we get really get into ear training on the banjo, let’s talk about the picking hand.
This ear training course is designed for banjo pickers in any style of 5 string banjo. Therefore, not everyone will make the same choices about how to pick the strings on the banjo.
If you are an experienced picker, looking to transition from sheet music to playing by ear, I recommend sticking with whatever finger picking system you have been using.
If you are pretty new to banjo then one way to approach the picking would be:
• Use your thumb for strings two through five
• Use your middle finger for the first string
• fret notes on the fifth fret with your ring finger