This step-by-step method that teaches you how to turn any melody into a clawhammer tune.

Learn all of the ins and outs of taking what you hear in your head and successfully transferring it to the clawhammer banjo.

Ryan will guide you step-by-step through his own tried and true process while also providing a bunch of tips, tabs, and play along tracks on the way.

This is a clear, methodical approach designed to teach you exactly how to create your own clawhammer arrangements. Learn the specific steps involved in taking a melody of your choice from your head to your banjo.


“Thank you so much for this course…I think the videos are great and you explain everything so well – very clearly.”

– Ola S. (Wimborne, UK)

What You Get When You Sign Up for the Course

  • A new lesson set every few days for about two weeks. Your unique log in and password will grant you immediate access to the Step One lesson set, you’ll then be given access to each additional lesson set (sets 2 – 5) every 1 – 3 days for the next 12 days or so.  These lesson sets will teach you, step-by-step, my exact method for taking a melody I hear in my head and transferring it to my hands on the clawhammer banjo.
  • More than 25 videos that guide you step by step through the lessons and tablature.
  • More than 20 pages of tablature and exercises plus a course outline for easy reference. Download and print out these helpful pages and use them as you follow along with the course and the video instruction.
  • Sample tracks. Downloadble audio tracks that you can keep and use for the Intentional Listening phase of the course instruction.
  •  24/7 Email support. Email me at any time during or after the course with your questions and I’ll respond as promptly as possible with help and clarification.


What You’ll Learn

Technical Skill Building  Here’s some of the stuff you’ll learn:

  • Ear training
  • Tips for ‘finding a tune’ on your banjo
  • Intentional listening techniques
  • Multiple octave melody playing
  • Five tried and true arrangement modes
  • Revision and redaction strategies
  • How to make an arrangement that plays to your strengths and away from your weaknesses

Repertoire  Here are the tunes you’ll learn and use as examples of the course’s methods in action:

  • Mary Had a Little Lamb (this is more fun than it sounds…promise!)
  • Soldier’s Joy
  • Sailor’s Hornpipe
  • The Bear Went Over the Mountain
  • PLUS…Ryan will help guide you as you arrange at least one tune of your choice!
  • AND WHEN YOU COMPLETE THE COURSE…you should be able to arrange just about any tune you want to…on your own.


Get all of this for only $97.             


I charge $75 an hour for a private lesson.


So, for a bit more than the price of one private lesson, you’ll get five lesson sets plus over two hours of video instruction, about 20 pages of tablatureexercises, play along tracksear training, and  lifetime email support.


That’s just $97.


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If, within the first 30 Days of using this course, you aren’t completely satisfied, just let me know and I’ll refund your tuition immediately!