Clawhammer Banjo II
• In-depth analysis of drop thumbing
• Left hand techniques (proper positioning, hammer-ons, pulloffs)
• Backup accompaniment strum patterns
• Playing in time
• Practice techniques for maximum efficiency
• Listening skills for playing well with others
• Basic music theory applied to banjo
Students should come prepared each week to ask questions and be
unafraid to fail gloriously with their fellow classmates. When learning new
tunes and techniques, an open mind and willingness to venture past your
comfort zone is the quickest path to learning.
A capo and access to a metronome (for home practice) is required.
Internet-based metronomes are fine. A recording device, folder to
organize papers, pencil and eraser are also required.
Be prepared to keep your banjo silent until asked to play, even if you
TOTALLY get what is being taught and it's REALLY REALLY exciting to you.
This is to ensure that everyone has a clear picture of what is going on,
and to allow for all levels of ability to learn at the same pace.
At-home practice is recommended to get the most out of this course. I
ask for at least 15 minutes a day of focused practice, because everyone
has 15 minutes a day to spend doing something that will make your life
2. Review right hand technique from Clawhammer 1 and reestablish the
3. Left hand techniques: hammer-on and pull-offs
4. Intro to drop thumbing
5. Go through drop thumbing exercise worksheet
Click here for Drop Thumbing worksheet no. 1 written by Karl Eggers
Click here for Drop Thumbing worksheet no. 2 written by Ken Pearlman
6. Introduce new song: Blue Goose
Click here for tab and chords to Blue Goose
ons and pulloffs
2. Review / Mastery of Blue Goose
3. Blue Goose harmony part
Click here for tab and chords to the Blue Goose harmony part
3. Introduction to chordal backing
4. Chordal Backing overview of Blue Goose
5. Working with a metronome