Clawhammer Banjo

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Clawhammer Banjo is used in old time music. The tunes are both easy and repetitive. It's exciting to build your way to playing in an old time band in which banjos, fiddles, mandolins, and guitars play with energy for cloggers and partner dancers. When you advance, you can branch out into more complex repertoire: French Canadian, Fiddle Tunes of the Midwest, and other specialty classes.
How is clawhammer played?
It is played by rhythmically rapping your right hand downward (as if knocking on a door) and plucking the string or strings along the way. Your right hand's index finger brushes against the strings and then the banjo head underneath the strings, and combined with your thumb catching the uppermost string, you get the trademark rhythmic sound of clawhammer.

Introduction to the Banjo

Beginner

Thursday with Chris Walz

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

For anyone attracted to the 5-string banjo but not sure which style to try first, this is for you!

Clawhammer Banjo 1

Beginner

Tuesday with Dan Mulvihill

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Begin by using chords to strum simple songs with a technique known as frailing.

Clawhammer Banjo 2

Intermediate

Thursday with Steve Rosen

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Go beyond the basics with Clawhammer techniques such as drop-thumbing, while playing more challenging songs and fiddle tunes.

Clawhammer Banjo 3

Advanced

Tuesday or Thursday with Steve Rosen or Dan Mulvihill

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 7 weeks  ·  $181 ($161 members)

Develop stronger left and right hand techniques in frailing and drop-thumb using hammer-ons, pull-offs, and slides.

Angel From Montgomery for Clawhammer Banjo with Michael J. Miles

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Wednesday with Michael Miles

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($20 members)

Bluegrass for Clawhammer Banjo

AdvancedNew!

Monday with Michael Miles

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $99 ($89 members)

Dear Old Illinois: Clawhammer Banjo Workshop with Smith Koester

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Sunday with Staff

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $30 ($25 members)

Hey Good Looking for Clawhammer Banjo with Michael J. Miles

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Wednesday with Michael Miles

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($20 members)

Big Bill Broonzy's Hey Hey for Clawhammer Banjo with Michael J. Miles

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Wednesday with Michael Miles

75 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($20 members)

Techniques for the Solo Clawhammer Banjo Player in “A” Tuning with Jonas Friddle

WorkshopIntermediateNew!

Saturday with Jonas Friddle

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $25 ($20 members)

Private Lesson Options

Our private lessons like our group classes run in 8-week sessions, however, you can begin private lessons during any week in the session. Please call our customer service folks at 773.728.6000 to register as private lesson availability is based upon individual teacher schedules.

Lessons are scheduled weekly, for 30, 45 or 60 minutes, and are available every day of the week at our Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park locations. Our experienced and professional faculty will work with you to develop an individualized program that helps you achieve your musical goals.

Stop in at either location or call the front desk at 773.728.6000 to register.


8-week Session Prices

$296 for 30 minutes ($286 for members)

$424 for 45 minutes ($409 for members)

$544 for 60 minutes ($524 for members)


Session & Registration Dates

8-week lessons: 06/29/2020 – 08/16/2020

Tuesday 05/26/20: Re-registration for current students begins

Tuesday 06/09/20: Transfer registration

Wednesday 06/10/20: Open registration


Teachers

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Jonas Friddle »
Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Ensembles, Band Coaching, School Partnerships

Michael O'Toole »
Guitar, Ukulele, Fiddle, Banjo, Mandolin, Theory, Improvisation