More Fiddle Tunes for Clawhammer Banjo

David Brooks

More Fiddle Tunes for Clawhammer Banjo

$ 180.00


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

Course Objectives

There may be no better pairing than old-time fiddle and banjo. And the truth is that there is nothing more fun than playing clawhammer banjo with a fiddler. This repertoire class will explore some of the core tunes and common keys used for fiddle tunes. We may also explore the three most popular clawhammer banjo tunings:

  • Open G (gDGBD) and A (aEAC#E or gDGBD with a capo)
  • Sawmill in A modal (aEADE or gDGCD with a capo)
  • Double-C (gCGCD) and D (aDADE or gCGCD with a capo)

Possible tunes include:

  • Briarpicker Brown (D)
  • Dinah (A)
  • Spotted Pony (D)
  • Shove That Pig’s Foot (G)
  • Needle Case (D)
  • West Fork Girls (D)
  • Bonaparte’s Retreat (D)
  • Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine (D)
  • Others suggested by the class

Tab will be provided along with step-by-step instruction. Where available, we will use YouTube videos as well.

Who Should Attend

The class welcomes experienced beginners as well as intermediate players, and tunes will be arranged to meet the needs and skills of each student. Students should have a basic right-hand clawhammer stroke and the ability to change chords easily in Open G tuning. 

Open to everyone ages, 11 and up.