With so many clawhammer tutorials out there, we wanted to create one with our own spin. Deering Sales Manager Barry Hunn has been teaching newcomers to the banjo for over 30 years and in this video you will start as a beginner and end with a firm foundation on basic clawhammer technique. Once you have mastered this section, part two is just a click away. So grab your banjo and enjoy. Part 2: An Introduction to Clawhammer.
OK, so you are saying to yourself that “banjo” and “subtle” are an oxymoron, right? How can a banjo in any way be connected with that word? Well, folks, just as “still waters run deep” so it is with our beloved banjo. If you aren’t paying attention to those subtle little details of playing the banjo, you may just be working too hard!
BODY PLAYING POSITION:
One of the most critical factors to playing the banjo is playing position.
While many banjo enthusiasts admire fast banjo playing, it isn’t always clear how to train to play fast, effortlessly and with precision. Speed and dexterity will be loosely described here as a kind of familiarity. Familiarity is usually “created” when we repeat something, comfortably, slowly and regularly.