Clawhammer banjo is played using a downward strumming motion over the strings. Typically, the melody of a song is played by striking one string, quickly followed by a strum of two or three strings. This creates a rhythm that sounds like: “boom – chick – a” or, more precisely, “claw – ham – mer.” The method involves one’s thumb and pointer finger shaped in a “claw.”
JOHN PLAYING CRIPPLE CREEK IN THE CLAWHAMMER STYLE
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Our beginner and intermediate clawhammer courses are a great way to learn clawhammer. With over 40 lessons currently and over 100 scheduled by September 2020, these videos guide a student with no prior banjo experience through the basics, ultimately arriving at a point where they can pick a basic song proficiently and with confidence.