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Updated Feb 2, 2024

Banjo, Clawhammer Style, First Lesson,

with Ryan Thomson - $29.95

This video DVD course by award winning banjo player and teacher Ryan Thomson is designed for beginners with no previous experience with claw hammer style playing. No music reading ability is needed. A 5 string banjo in standard "G" tuning is required. Tuning tips are detailed. Ryan patiently teaches the basics of right hand clawhammer techniques, sometimes described as "frailing," "rapping," and "drop thumb." Left hand techniques such as "pull offs," "hammers," and "slides," are explained and demonstrated and an easy tune is taught. 55 minutes. DVD $29.95 

ISBN 978-0-931877-47-6


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Also Available:

Banjo Clawhammer Style, Second Lesson. Click here for information.

Complete - Learn to play Clawhammer banjo Kit - includes first and second lesson, Banjo Tab Book, Great Bay Stomp solo banjo CD. Click here for information.

Separately, either the Great Bay Stomp solo banjo CD, or Banjo Tab Book with 19 tunes.

Here's a review of the CD:


The Old-Time Herald:

"On this release, Ryan puts fiddle and band behind, and lays out 19 tracks of rock solid, solo, traditional claw hammer banjo...All are played confidently, evenly, and with a maturity that comes from living with the music over time...The impression this recording gives is that of Thomson at home, relaxing with familiar tunes, and just having a comfortable time....Great Bay Stomp CD is a solid, pleasing and highly listenable recording that stands up well through repeated listening." 

Want to learn to play banjo left handed? No problem. Click here !

Clawhammer banjo instruction on video DVD. First Lesson by Ryan Thomson. No music reading ability is required.

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