How to Play Clawhammer Banjo in 8 Essential Steps is the course that has taught thousands of adult beginners how to play. Click below to download the course book (and scroll down for the course videos).
Welcome to the “How to Play Clawhammer in 8 Essential Steps” course! This page will be your central headquarters going forward.
If you’re new to clawhammer banjo and looking to learn, then you’re in a great place, and will be joining thousands of others who’ve launched their clawhammer journey using this free course. No prior musical experience required.
The instruction itself is based on the Brainjo Method, a teaching approach that incorporates the science of neuroplasticity into its design in order to ensure that any person, regardless of age, prior musical experience or aptitude/talent (a ridiculous notion, anyhow), can learn to play banjo, and learn to play it well.
Translation: follow the steps laid out here, and you’ll have no choice but to become a great banjo player! For more about the Brainjo Method, click here.
Episode 1: The Basic Motion
Episode 2: The Thumb Rest
Episode 3: Striking Single Strings
Episode 4: Ringing the Fifth
Episode 5: Basic Fretting and Picking Patterns
Episode 6: Hammering On
Episode 7: Pluck Off
Episode 8: Sliding Into Home
Bonus Episode 1: Putting It All Together
Bonus Episode 2: The Brainjo Tune Learnin’ System