Back Porch Revue

Course Description

This course focuses on the down-picking banjo style known as “clawhammer” or “frailing.” Clawhammer-style picking traced its roots back to West Africa and was introduced to North America by enslaved Africans. It is more percussive than Bluegrass 3 Finger Picking and can be used for chordal accompaniment and melodic playing. This course will cover both right-hand (picking and strumming patterns) and left-hand techniques(Chords, scales, slides, etc.). Prior experience with string instruments is a plus but not necessary.


Ages 16+
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The Intro to Clawhammer Banjo course is not currently open for enrollment, but we can arrange for any number of lessons you would like, click here for more information or contact us at cmac@harpercollege.edu. If you’re a new student wanting to register for private lessons click here to fill out the new student form. If you would like us to notify you when enrollment opens, click and on the Request Information button below.
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