Basic Clawhammer Lick by Brad Laird will teach you how to play a beginner lick for clawhammer banjo. We’ll focus on the rhythm and right hand technique that underpins almost everything you will play in clawhammer style. Brad will show you how to play down strokes with the nail of your index or middle finger. You will also use your thumb to pluck the fifth string. Watch the video to get the tab for the lick and more discusson on playing position and technique.
Learn How to Play Clawhammer Banjo
Beginning Clawhammer 1 by Brad Laird will teach you everything you need to know about playing clawhammer banjo. Clawhammer or “frailing” is an old-time Appalachian banjo style which predates the more common 3-finger Scruggs style. Experienced bluegrass players and beginners alike will enjoy learning the essential elements of playing the 5-string banjo in this interesting style. This series of video lessons will teach you basic concepts like reading tab, the G tuning, basic strums, hammer ons, pull offs, and other essential techniques. Brad will also teach you how to play Cripple Creek, Cumberland Gap, and Old Joe Clark. This package contains 173 minutes of video instruction. Watch a Demo!