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Clawhammer Banjo in 8 Essential Steps: Lesson Two

Posted by Josh Turknett on Monday, July 14, 2014

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Clawhammer Banjo in 8 Essential Steps - A Video Series


Lesson Two: The Secret to a Smooth and Steady Picking Hand


In the first lesson, I introduced you to the basic clawhammer motion of the picking hand, which is the defining feature of clawhammer banjo. And keeping that motion going throughout your playing is key to the clawhammer sound.

Yet, in addition to keeping our wrist moving in the clawhammer motion throughout our playing, we also must keep the 5th string ringing with the thumb. In this video, I share with you the secret to accomplishing both of these things smoothly and efficiently, without sacrificing speed or solid timing.

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3 comments on “Clawhammer Banjo in 8 Essential Steps: Lesson Two”

banjothrasher Says:
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 @5:06:42 AM

A great resource. Thank you.

Josh Turknett Says:
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 @6:46:15 AM

You bet!

Tajay Says:
Friday, July 18, 2014 @9:43:19 PM

Just want to agree with your instruction method, and sing the praises of practice with the metronome! I devoted the first month to just the basic clawhammer stroke only. Drill that movement deeply so its practically automatic. It took a couple weeks of practice without a metronome to conclude that I tended to 'rush' the beat as I practiced - as if I could hurry along my progress. Rather than progress, I tended to get sloppy and inaccurate very quickly. With a metronome, progress has been slow but steady. I look forward to your next lesson as the metronome ticks steadily on during practice sessions. Thanks!

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