Melodic Clawhammer Banjo

Chris Rodahaffer

Melodic Clawhammer Banjo

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Melodic Clawhammer Banjo with Chris Rodahaffer

This class will introduce clawhammer banjoists to techniques and concepts that will empower them to play fiddle tunes in a precise style that mirrors fiddle lines. Students will learn about scales and how to execute them effectively in a clawhammer style. We will use familiar clawhammer techniques to develop a nuanced style that elaborates on the melody and facilitates variation.

Some tunes we’ll cover:

  • Five Miles of Ellum Wood
  • Elzic's Farewell
  • Bumblebee in a Jug
  • Garfield’s Blackberry Blossom

To get the most out of this class, students should be comfortable with slides, hammer-ons, pull-offs, drop thumb, alternate tunings (sawmill, double C), and syncopation. While we will emphasize learning by watching and listening, tabs will be provided for all the material we cover.


Clawhammer 3 or equivalent

This is an adult class open to students aged 13 and up.