Michael Miles and his Deering Goodtime banjo

Unlimited Rhythms Of Clawhammer Banjo with Michael Miles | Deering Live

Michael Miles is back on Deering Live to demonstrate and teach us about how rhythmically versatile the clawhammer style of playing the 5-string banjo can be and how this style can be utilized to play many different genres of music. Michael is a master clawhammer player and well-versed in many musical styles so be sure to tune in and learn.

To learn more about Michael Miles, please visit https://milesmusic.org/

Here is a sample of tunes/rhythms we will try to cover:
1. Courante rhythm in 3/4
Courante from Suite for the Americas by Michael Miles
3. Blues Groove with improvisation
Hey Hey by Big Bill Broonzy
4.  Cuban Guaracha
Guaracha from Suite for the Americas by Michael Miles
5.  Folk Rock
Like A Rolling Stone on fretless by Dylan
6.  Blues Rock
Midnight Rider on fretless by Allman Brothers
7.  5/4 time
Take Five by Billy Strayhorn
8.  JS Bach and 3/8 time
Gigue from Cello Suite III
Sundial Rumba by Michael Miles


  • Cal

    Great stuff. I’m still awed at how simple the technique can make sounds appear so complex!
    All your rhythm examples really helped me get a grasp on playing .. handbells. !!! TX

  • Terry Ransom

    Wonderful episode! Michael is so talented and brilliant at teaching complex ideas and rhythms. I always learn something new whenever I listen to him or try to play his music.

  • Alan Kaye

    This is great! Love those beats! At your level of accomplishment, you make it look easy.

  • Renana Gross

    Love the sound of Take Five on your banjo!

  • Jaque Rasmussen

    Love Michael Miles. Yes, way over the head, but something to ponder!

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