Learn To Play Clawhammer Banjo - Video 1

Bob Carlin

Lesson One: The Basics

60-minute Video, includes tab file on pdf
  • Code:DLCARBJ21
  • Skill Level:Novice (1)

Grab your five-string banjo and get ready to frail! Bob Carlin covers all the basics of the traditional clawhammer styles, teaching the chords, scales, tunings and right-hand essentials you'll need to figure out almost any tune.

The core of this style is in the right hand, and Bob demonstrates, in detail, how to get the real old-time clawhammer sound. He shows you easy renditions of four traditional banjo pieces, then adds hammer-ons, pull-offs, and other embellishments that create style and complexity. Within minutes, you'll be playing Shortenin' Bread and Cripple Creek in G tuning. Bob introduces Liberty in double-C tuning, which features double thumbing the fifth string, a slightly more advanced right-hand approach. The well-known fiddle tune Soldier's Joy rounds out the lesson, with Bob adding a variety of slides to the other skills you've learned.

Each song is played at a moderate tempo, and then broken down, section-by-section, to highlight crucial left-and right-hand techniques. This video offers all the skills you need to get started in this exciting style.


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