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Hi Andy, you could try changing your playing style, many years a go I had the privilege of spending the day with the late William Ball at his home in Bristol and I noted that he played with a floating right hand. As a consequence, all the heads on his banjos were in pristine condition. I tried this myself, tucking my 4th and 5th fingers into the palm of my right hand, as I played. Having very large hands, I found that this suited me very well and that's how I've played ever since....Steve.