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Rocket Science Banjo

Posted by oldwoodchuckb on Friday, April 20, 2007

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These are all the Rocket Science Banjo videos currently on youtube. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to let me know.

The Basic Stroke
Drop Thumb
The Big Cluck
Julie Anne Johnson

23 comments on “Rocket Science Banjo”

Banjo23055 Says:
Saturday, April 21, 2007 @11:05:00 PM

I have been playing 5-string bluegrass style for years and have never had anyone show me how to do your style. Thank you so much for showing it.

Ellett Snead

kevinl Says:
Sunday, May 6, 2007 @9:41:49 AM

Old wood chuck caught your videos on you tube,Thanks so much ,please do more.

jbrosser Says:
Wednesday, May 9, 2007 @3:32:32 PM

Old Wood Chuck, just viewed your videos.  Thanks so much.  Very helpful.

pastorharry Says:
Tuesday, August 21, 2007 @9:32:47 PM

Hi Tony very nicely done videos. I really enjoy your playing.

Question: it looks like your banjo is sporting two capos, care to comment? Thanks again, Pastor Harry

clawfootcurt Says:
Friday, August 24, 2007 @5:07:57 PM

Tony, took a look at your videos today.  Some of what I see is a bit different than what i have seen in the past.  I will see if it helps me develope some more.  I have not tried the cluck yet.  Maybe I should give that a shot too.  anyway, good videos.


oldwoodchuckb Says:
Sunday, August 26, 2007 @11:24:49 PM


   Only one capo but you are probably catching a glimpse of my tuner  a clamp on Intelli 500.I keep it on the strings right behind the capo as that puts it at the right distance for my reading glasses.

oldwoodchuckb Says:
Sunday, August 26, 2007 @11:26:37 PM


   Thank you for the nice comments. I do hope to do more RSB videos in the near future, and I also plan to publish a couple pages of written instructions to go with them.


YankeePicker Says:
Monday, October 8, 2007 @6:46:21 PM

Great stuff, thanks a bunch!

erinmeola Says:
Saturday, October 27, 2007 @11:43:24 AM

Caught the videos on youtube.  They have been a great help.  Thanks for providing such a great resource for the newbies like me.

msbanjom Says:
Monday, November 26, 2007 @9:23:31 PM

Wow!  That's great stuff.  I sure would like to see more...

BanjoJohnny Says:
Wednesday, November 28, 2007 @10:25:22 AM

I just now saw your videos on YouTube and enjoyed them. I might be able to even learn claw hammer with your help.

merriewanger Says:
Thursday, May 1, 2008 @3:36:44 AM

Tony, thank you so much for making these videos. I have watched them again and again and have learned a lot from them.  I am glad to hear you plan to make more. Keep 'em coming, please. I love "The Cluck" especially. Really helpful.


tejo Says:
Wednesday, June 25, 2008 @3:28:06 AM

hi tony,

i'm a really new beginner and i have been watching and learning but please make more ....(for me it still is rocket sience)



ChuckS Says:
Monday, July 20, 2009 @8:39:20 PM

Tony,   RSB  is great! 

I'm a complete, total beginner.  The MIDI files are a huge help, as are the text and videos which actually do penetrate my rather thick head.   I can't imagine the effort that went in to creating RSB. 

I offer a big, heartfelt THANK YOU and I did become a member.  I can't wait for the video game   ;-)



FisherPicker Says:
Thursday, October 8, 2009 @10:01:22 AM

Hey There Mr. Tony,

Once again a noob sends you thanks! The videos are very very helpful, especially since I simply do not have time to take any one on one lessons. The close ups and the slow actions are extemely helpful for a lost soul! Once again ...Thank You. I'll be cluckin in no time,....well....soon.

My Golden Says:
Saturday, October 24, 2009 @1:09:36 PM

Hi Tony,
I am learning clawhammer from your videos! I like your easy, simplified way of teaching clawhammer. Being a 3 finger picker for so many years, I have had trouble learning clawhammer, but now, with practice from watching you...voila! I've got the bug!!

oldwoodchuckb Says:
Tuesday, October 27, 2009 @4:04:43 PM

Thanks all for your support. I love to hear from anyone who uses RSB - and I want to hear your ides and suggestion, your problems too. I want to improve the book as time goes on and your feedback helps.
Tony "the woodchuck" Spadaro

nanobanjo Says:
Friday, December 25, 2009 @4:46:19 PM

Thanks for the videos. They are great!

purplemonkey Says:
Sunday, June 27, 2010 @11:03:48 AM

I love the song you play at the end of the Drop Thumb video. What is it?? and you don't happen to have tabs for it do you?

That video inspires me to learn drop thumb.

banjotom2 Says:
Thursday, July 22, 2010 @8:43:25 AM

Every time I see or hear good clawhammer banjo, it makes feel as though I may have wasted 27 years on Scruggs!

Cool stuff...


Miguel MC Dowell Says:
Wednesday, September 22, 2010 @9:17:59 PM

I have listened now for 4 times and plan on reviewing these videos on a daily basis until I get this right. Thank you for all you have done in helping people like me.
Puerto Rican Claw Hammer Player,

Trisha S Says:
Wednesday, December 1, 2010 @7:02:43 PM

Great sentence of yours.
"I strongly suggest certain methods (most teachers do), but I also admit that thousands have learned without my guiding hand to gently tug them down the flower pedaled path to perfect picking."
Nice chuckle there. ~ Trisha

MrNatch3L Says:
Monday, September 5, 2011 @3:16:46 AM

Been playing 3-finger since the 70s, but I've off and on been trying to figure out "clawhammer" on my own for a long time. Decided I better get with it as I just bought an old Vega open-back. Started looking for some videos and found your RSB. The first one finally unveiled the mystery!! I had it all wrong. I thought the "claw" part was somehow an upward pluck with the index finger, and the "hammer" meant hammer-on with the left hand and hammer-down with the thumb. DUH. I practiced the stroke a couple of hours and it really started happening for me. Just felt "Natural" :-)) Thanks for solving the riddle of clawhammer for me! It's great to be learning something new.

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