The Right Hand
The foundation of playing clawhammer banjo is
the "bum-ditty" strum. The bum-ditty will be described in more detail in a separate tutorial. For now though, if you are a beginner, just try to
become comfortable with the basic right hand position. Take some time to play the melody arrangements without strumming, while practicing holding the notes correctly with your
left hand. As you practice the melodies, try holding your right hand similar to the picture. Use either your middle finger or index finger
(whichever feels more natural) to pluck the correct string with a downward motion, using the back of your fingernail. This seems somewhat awkward at first but becomes very
natural after practicing it for a while. Your plucking finger should be held in the same position and the movement should be in your wrist.