Expanding Your Clawhammer Banjo Toolbox

David Brooks

Expanding Your Clawhammer Banjo Toolbox

$ 180.00

Expanding Your Clawhammer Toolbox with David Brooks

This class will meet in person at Louisville Folk School.


Course Objectives

This course is intended for experienced beginner and intermediate clawhammer banjo players who have mastered the basics and learned a few tunes but who want to take their playing to the next level. We will explore how to enhance your melodic clawhammer playing by adding such left-and right-hand techniques as:

  • Hammer-ons, pull-offs, and slides
  • Drop thumb
  • Alternate string pull-offs (ASPO)
  • More efficient fretting patterns and using double-stops
  • Syncopation
  • Galax lick
  • Playing waltzes (3/4 time) and jigs (6/8 time)

Each class will focus on one or more techniques with one or more tunes that use the technique. The specific techniques and tunes may be influenced by the skill levels and interests of the students in the class.

We will also work on tunes in the three most common tunings:  open G, double-C, and sawmill. Tabs will be provided to support practice outside of class time.


This class is suited to experienced beginner and intermediate students.  Students should:

  • Be able to play a clawhammer stroke with a steady rhythm (speed is not necessary)
  • Know the major chords in G tuning (G, C, D7)
  • Be able to switch chords smoothly

Open to everyone ages, 11 and up.