I've been jamming at festivals for years, on the guitar, that is. I know how to build a solo on the fly. So, when I started the banjo I got kinda good kinda fast. To make a long story short, I have screwed myself up royal! My right hand has become a real mess! I've tried to play too fast too soon. Now, like a bad golf swing I've got to un-learn my right hand and start over, which is really a shame 'cause I can improvise pretty darn good.
Help me a little: I play slowly not allowing myself to play any faster than good technique will allow. Playing quietly seem to be a good thing too. I still feel very tight and constricted (I'm sure thinking about it too much, making it feel tight). If I let myself "go" I quickly go back into bad technique (thumb out of control, every thumb knuckle moving everywhere, that is) and all hell breaks loose.