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This series of video banjo lessons is a complete beginner course in clawhammer banjo playing. All video lessons include the tablature (written banjo music) or chord charts required to learn to play what is taught in the video.


INDEX OF BRAD LAIRD'S
CLAWHAMMER BANJO LESSONS:

beginner

Free Lesson - Basic Clawhammer Lick - Learn the fundamental lick in this free video lesson.


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The Beginning Clawhammer Video Series - These first lessons cover all of the important techniques used in clawhammer or frailing banjo including tuning, reading tablature, rhythm, right and left hand techniques, slides, hammer-ons and pull-offs. Study the lessons one at a time at your own pace. This is not a subscription and there is no recurring billing. Transactions are processed through PayPal which accepts credit or debit cards or your PayPal balance.

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Lesson 1Clawhammer Banjo 1 - Beginner Technique is a downloadable 31 minute video lesson which teaches you banjo tuning, how to read banjo tablature including the brush, fretted notes, chord markings, basic rhythms, the hammer-on, the slide, and the pull-off. The lesson comes with an MP3 tuning track and a PDF with the banjo tablature for the lesson. This lesson lays the foundation for all of the other clawhammer banjo lessons in this series.

This is a downloadable video lesson and includes the video file, a PDF with all of the banjo tab, and an MP3 tuning track. $8 (get a discount when you share on social media)

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Note: If you already know how to tune and read tablature you can skip directly to lesson 2.


 

Lesson 2Clawhammer Banjo 2 - Basic Strums & Picking - Right hand techniques. Clawhammer Banjo 2 is a downloadable 18 minute video lesson which teaches you the essential right hand techniques used in clawhammer or frailing style banjo. The lesson comes with an MP3 tuning track and a PDF with the banjo tablature for the lesson. This focuses on the important right hand methods used in all of the lessons which follow.

This is a downloadable video lesson and includes the video file, a PDF with all of the banjo tab, and an MP3 tuning track. $8 (get a discount when you share on social media)

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Lesson 3Clawhammer Banjo 3 - Fretted Notes - is a downloadable 27 minute video lesson which teaches you the essential left hand techniques used in clawhammer or frailing style banjo. You learn to play fretted notes and put together your first complete tune Cripple Creek. The lesson comes with an MP3 tuning track and a PDF with the banjo tablature for the lesson.

This is a downloadable video lesson and includes the video file, a PDF with all of the banjo tab, and an MP3 tuning track. $8 (get a discount when you share on social media)

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Lesson 4Clawhammer Banjo 4 - Pull-Offs is a downloadable 40 minute video lesson which teaches you to incorporate the important left hand technique called the "pull-off" into your playing. This lesson expands on the previous version of Cripple Creek and also teaches how to use pull-offs in Old Joe Clark. The lesson comes with an MP3 tuning track and a PDF with the banjo tablature for the lesson.

This is a downloadable video lesson and includes the video file, a PDF with all of the banjo tab, and an MP3 tuning track. $8 (get a discount when you share on social media)

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Lesson 5Clawhammer Banjo 5 - Hammer-Ons is a downloadable 31 minute video lesson which teaches you to incorporate the important left hand technique called the "hammer-on" into your playing. This lesson expands on the previous versions of Cripple Creek and also teaches how to use hammer-ons in a new tune, Cumberland Gap. The lesson comes with an MP3 tuning track and a PDF with the banjo tablature for the lesson.

This is a downloadable video lesson and includes the video file, a PDF with all of the banjo tab, and an MP3 tuning track. $8 (get a discount when you share on social media)

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Lesson 6Clawhammer Banjo 6 - Slides - This is a downloadable 26 minute video lesson which teaches you to incorporate the important left hand technique called the "slide" into your playing. This lesson expands on the previous versions of Cripple Creek and Cumberland Gap. The lesson comes with an MP3 tuning track and a PDF with the banjo tablature for the lesson. Completing these first 6 lessons will prepare you for all of the other lessons in the series.

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Lesson 7Clawhammer Banjo 7 - Chords & Rhythm - This is a downloadable 20 minute video lesson which teaches you how to play basic chords and rhythm in the clawhammer style. For this lesson you will learn to play Pig In The Pen (ask Jerry... it's a good 'un.) and you can use these chords with thousands of other songs. The video download comes with a PDF file with all of the chord charts and tablature for this lesson. Lesson includes "backup" and "lead" version of the song.Includes backup and lead version.

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Lesson 8Clawhammer Banjo 8 - More Chords & Rhythm - Learn more chords in G tuning and how to play rhythm to Nine Pound Hammer, Sitting On Top Of The World, and Worried Man Blues. Armed with these chords you'll be ready to play along with almost any traditional song in a jam session. Includes video, PDF with all of the tab and chord charts, and 6 MP3 jam tracks. 22 min.

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intermediate

The lessons which follow I put in the category of "intermediate" since they assume you already know:

1) the basic clawhammer rhythm and 2) have some experience playing slides, hammer-ons, and pull-offs.

Those things are all fully explained in lessons 1-8. These "intermediate" lessons expand your skill set by adding new tunings, new techniques and new tunes.


Lesson 9Clawhammer Banjo 9 - G Modal Tuning & Shady Grove - This lesson teached you how to get your banjo in that wonderful old-time G modal tuning. Then I'll show you how to play a couple of versions of the song Shady Grove. Includes video, PDF with all of the tab and chord charts, and an MP3 G modal tuning track. I also include a short tour of several of the old-time fretless banjos I have made over the years in the hope that I'll convince you to make one some day. 25 min.

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Lesson 10Clawhammer Banjo 10 - Little Sadie & Cold Frosty Morn - This lesson continues with exploring G modal tuning by learning two new tunes: Little Sadie (a classic old murder ballad) and Cold Frosty Morn. Includes video, PDF with all of the tab and an MP3 G modal tuning track. 21 min.

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Lesson 11Clawhammer Banjo 11 - Soldier's Joy & Old Molly Hare - This lesson teached you the venerable old Double C tuning and two new tunes: Soldier's Joy and Old Molly Hare. Includes video, PDF with all of the tab and an MP3 G modal tuning track. 24 min.

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Lesson 12Clawhammer Banjo 12 - More G Tunes - This lesson returns to standard G tuning and teaches you two more tunes: Old Ground Hog and Buffalo Gals. Includes video, PDF with all of the tab and an MP3 G tuning track. 22 min.

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Lesson 13Clawhammer Banjo 13 - Drop Thumb & Plucks - This lesson introduces two new techniques: the drop thumb lick and the pluck and you'll learn to play Cluck Old Hen. In this lesson I pull out my old Orpheum No. 1. Includes video, PDF with all of the tab and an MP3 G Modal tuning track. 41 min.

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Lesson 14Clawhammer Banjo 14 - More Drop Thumb & Plucks - This lesson returns to standard G tuning and teaches you two more tunes using drop thumbing and the pluck: Ol' Jawbone and Shortnin' Bread. Includes video, PDF with all of the tab and an MP3 G tuning track. 22 min.

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Lesson 15Clawhammer Banjo 15 - Reuben is a video lesson which teaches how to tune to open D or Reuben tuning and how to play 2 versions of the classic tune Reuben, also known as Reuben's Train. You'll also learn the most common chords in the fun and useful tuning. The download includes the 24 minute video lesson, an MP3 tuning track and a PDF with the tablature and chord charts for the lesson.

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Lesson 16Clawhammer Banjo 16 is a video lesson which teaches more licks and variations on the tune Reuben's Train in open D tuning. Lesson explains the basics of "blues notes" and how to play them. You'll also learn to play the classic Wildwood Flower in the versatile tuning. The download includes the 24 minute video lesson, an MP3 tuning track and a PDF with the tablature and chord charts for the lesson.

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Lesson 17Clawhammer Banjo 17 is a video lesson which teaches how to play two versions of the tune Whiskey Before Breakfast in Double C Tuning. The lesson also teaches how to use a capo to raise the sound of your banjo from the key of C to the key of D to match the included jam tracks.  The whopping download includes the 36 minute video lesson, an MP3 tuning track, two MP3 jam tracks and a PDF with the tablature for the lesson. Have fun... this is a good tune!

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Lesson 18Clawhammer Banjo 18 is a video lesson which teaches how to play and navigate in F tuning. After learning the tuning and the basic chord forms, Bradley teaches an old-timey version of Cumberland Gap in this useful and unique tuning. This tuning is a close cousin of the beloved G Modal tuning. The download includes the 26 minute video lesson, an MP3 tuning track and a PDF with the tablature and chord charts for the lesson.

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About the downloads:

You can purchase them individually or use the "add to cart" function to grab several at once. You'll see the add to cart when you click Buy Now.

The entire series is lower in cost than a couple of private lessons and you can watch the videos, print out the tablature, and replay them as many times as you need to practice and learn.

They can easily be purchased using your phone, iPad, etc. but you should use your desktop or laptop computer to download the files. Once you have them on your computer you can transfer them to other devices.

Study the lessons one at a time at your own pace. This is not a subscription and there is no recurring billing.

These video lessons are also available on DVD with a printed booklet containing the tablature and chord charts used in the lessons. If you don't want to wait on the UPS man, use the downloads above. Click on these book covers for more information...

Clawhammer DVD 1 Clawhammer DVD 2


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