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Get all of the foundational clawhammer techniques explained and demystified while building a repertoire of classic banjo tunes

The Clawhammer 101 course picks up right where the Beginner Crash Course leaves off. This lesson series will take you by the hand and guide you, step by step, through all of the essential techniques of the clawhammer style. Each lesson builds upon the previous one to incrementally expand your knowledge and proficiency. This course will give you all of the tools you need to take your banjo playing to the next level. Acquire the skills and the confidence that your playing deserves.

The course starts as soon as you register

You’ll receive access to the entire course INSTANTLY. Just sign up and the check your email for a welcome message with instructions on how you can access all of your new lesson materials. You’ll also get a new email about once a week.  I’ll be checking in on your progress and offering up some tips and bonus materials. Plus you’ll have the opportunity to get any and all of your banjo questions answered via the lifetime email support here at Play Better Banjo. The Clawhammer 101 Course is intended for players who consider themselves beginner to beginner/intermediate. *Pre requisites:  You should be able to do the basic “boom chick a” strum in the clawhammer style.   You should know how to tune your banjo (or have someone around who can tune it for you!).  You should know how to play a few basic chords (like G, C, & D7) and have some proficiency at switching back and forth between them while “strumming” with the right hand. If you don’t have the requisite skills yet, you can learn them all in my free Beginner Clawhammer Crash Course.  



“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

  • Instant access to the entire course. Your unique log in and password will grant you immediate access to all of the lesson materials. You’ll receive periodic emails that lead you through the course and check in on your progress but, if you prefer, you can jump forward or backward through the lesson materials at any time.
  • More than 40 videos that guide you step by step through technique lessons and tablature.
  • About 20 pages of tablature and exercises. Download and print out these helpful pages and use them as you follow along with the video instructio
  • Play along tracks. Downloadble audio tracks that you can use to play along with while you practice you new tunes. These play along tracks are great for helping you to improve your timing and to learn how to play along with other musicians.
  •  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:

  • Walk ups and connectors
  • How to use a capo
  • How to play in different keys
  • The ‘number system’
  • Drop thumbing
  • Alternate tunings
  • The “knockdown” techniuqe
  • Left hand slurs
  • Position playing
  • Refining the Strum
  • Right hand precision exercises

Repertoire  Here are the tunes you’ll learn:

  • Old Joe Clark
  • Cluck Old Hen
  • Cripple Creek
  • Spotted Pony
  • Amazing Grace
  • Crawdad Song
  • White Dove
  • Kentucky Waltz


  Get all of this for only $97.

I charge $75 an hour for a private lesson.

So, for less than the price of two private lessons you’ll get twenty lesson pages plus hours of video instruction, about 40 pages of tabcharts, diagrams, play along tracks, and  lifetime email support. That’s just $97. Click the “Add to Cart” button to get instant access to your course.    

If, at any time during the course, you aren’t completely satisfied, just let me know and I’ll refund your tuition immediately!