I have one thing to say about right-hand position on the banjo: if it hurts don’t do it! If someone tells you you should hold your hand in a certain way and it hurts don’t do it! If someone says this is the way Earl did it or J.D. did it and they are great banjo players so their way must be the right way and their way hurts you don’t do it!
And now I’ve said more than one thing, but the sentences all end the same way so it really is just the one thing, said three times in different ways in case you didn’t get it the first time: If it hurts don’t do it!
I don’t care what anybody says you do NOT have to keep both fingers (ring and little) down on the head. Nor do you have to have a great deal of arch in your wrist. There is NOT NOT NOT only one “correct” way to hold your right hand. There are many “correct” ways to hold your right hand (that’s the hand with the picks on it [unless you play left handed 🙂 ] ), and you have to find the one that is right for you. And once you’ve found something that works and is comfortable, stick with it. Don’t be changing your hand position just because someone tells you to.