David Brooks


$ 180.00

CLAWHAMMER BANJO 1+ with David Brooks

With roots in the Appalachian Mountains, clawhammer style banjo combines rhythm and melody to create a sound perfect for the back porch 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.

Old-time and bluegrass jams can function well with players with a variety of skills on their instrument. Everyone does not need to be at the exact same level to make good music and to improve their own playing. This class will offer a dual track to serve both the new student and the “beginner-intermediate” student.

  • Basic clawhammer skills will include the clawhammer downstroke strum, basic chords such as G, C, and D7 and how to play simple chord and melody arrangements of songs and tunes.
  • Those students with a little more experience will strengthen these skills while learning key left-hand skills, such as slides, hammer-ons and pull-offs, that add richness and texture to a tune.
  • Beginner and intermediate arrangements and tabs will be provided to allow everyone to play the same tunes.
  • Students will also learn how to avoid becoming dependent on tabs by learning to hear chord changes and find the melody for a tune on the banjo.
  • Depending on the skills and interests of those in the class, we may explore other tunings, especially sawmill (also called mountain minor) for that haunting banjo sound.
  • New tunes not covered in the Clawhammer I course will be taught, such as “Simple Gifts,” “Cluck Old Hen,” “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” “I’ll Fly Away,“ etc.

Open to everyone ages, 11 and up.