Carroll Best is not as well known as some banjo players, thanks to a career that wasn't aimed toward the national spotlight. But the lack of widespread fame is not a true reflection of his talent. The banjoist, whose full name was Hugh Carroll Best Jr., was a founding artisan of finger style banjo playing, or the melodic style. The early stages of his greatly admired technique were inherited from his family in North Carolina. It was a technique, Best was quoted as saying, that was passed down from one generation to another, beginning with his grandmother's mother. His father became a three-finger stylist, while his mom was accomplished as a clawhammer player. A desire to play the banjo hit him hard and early. By the time he'd turned 10 years old, Best was performing at regional square dances. There he took particular note of fiddlers such as Tommy Hunter, who played hornpipes that caught Best's attention and sparked a desire in him to play similarly on his banjo.