Two-Finger Banjo



An alternative to Clawhammer, Two-Finger is halfway between Old Time and Bluegrass.

Two-finger banjo is used in old time music. It is a syncopated, fingerpicking alternative to clawhammer, but like clawhammer it makes extensive use of alternate tunings. It can be heard in the playing of Wade Mainer and Roscoe Holcomb, both of whom used this technique to accompany their singing.

How is two-finger played?
It is played by plucking down with the thumb and up with the index finger, usually in succession, or sometimes pinching two strings simultaneously.

List of All Two-Finger Banjo Classes (5 found)

21st Century Banjo Repertoire

Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Tuesday with Matt Brown

Learn to play some of your favorite contemporary songs on the banjo!

Two-Finger Banjo 1

Group ClassBeginner

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Monday with Matt Brown

We will start off in G tuning (gDGBD) with simple melodies in the two-finger "thumb lead" style.

Two-Finger Banjo 2

Group ClassIntermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Monday with Matt Brown

We will go to D tuning (aDADE) and learn common tunes like “Soldier's Joy” and popular songs like “I'll Fly Away.”

Two-Finger Banjo 3

Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

Two-Finger Banjo 4

Group ClassAdvanced

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $196 ($186 members)

The Old Town School of Folk Music, Inc.
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago IL 60625  •  773.728.6000