Oldtime/Clawhammer Banjo 1

Jesse Wells

Oldtime/Clawhammer Banjo 1

Regular price $ 180.00 Sale price $ 162.00

Oldtime/Clawhammer Banjo 1

This class will meet online - an invitation to a recurring Zoom meeting will be sent by the instructor in advance of the first class meeting.

With roots in both Africa and the Appalachian Mountains, this style combines rhythm and melody to create a sound perfect for the back porch, for singing, or for playing in a string band. This class is intended for both new students and those who have started their banjo journey and wish to strengthen and extend what they may have learned in an introductory class or lesson.

Students will learn all of the fundamental techniques of this style, enabling them to learn standards of the old-time repertoire and beyond. For beginners or those who wish to brush up on the basics - no prior experience necessary! In this class students will learn:

  • The basic Oldtime/’clawhammer’ rhythmic pattern
  • Basic chords such as G, C, D7, and E minor
  • How to play simple chord and melody arrangements of songs and tunes
  • Tips and techniques for instantly joining a jam session

We’ll focus on learning music in the true traditional way of playing by ear, but tabs and recordings will also be provided to help reinforce the lessons.  Students will also learn how to find the melody for a tune and turn it into an oldtime arrangement. 

A 5 string banjo is all that's required.  A tuner, capo and extra strings are recommended.

 Open to all ages!