Updated Dec 5, 2023
This course by award winning banjo player and teacher Ryan Thomson is designed for left handed beginners with no previous experience with clawhammer style playing. No music reading ability is needed. A 5 string left handed banjo in standard "G" tuning is required.
Ryan patiently teaches how to tune the banjo and the basics of claw hammer techniques, sometimes described as "frailing," "rapping," and "drop thumb." Fingering techniques such as "pull offs," "hammers," and "slides," are explained and demonstrated and an easy tune is taught in the first DVD. The second DVD in the series teaches how to read banjo "tabs," which are written music for the banjo.
Also, on the second DVD Ryan patiently teaches the 19 different banjo tunes which are on the Great Bay Stomp banjo CD which was highly rated by the Old Time Herald. Detailed instructions are given for 6 different banjo tunings, including A, double D, open D, and modal tunings.
The tunes range in difficulty from easy to advanced. Included is the Banjo Tab Book with transcriptions of all 19 tunes plus lore about the tunes and a written description of the playing techniques used in clawhammer banjo. The price for the complete left handed kit is $59.95
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Want to play banjo right handed? - click here
But if you want to stick with playing music lefty, here are more resources for you:
- Left Handed Fiddling for Beginners, click here.
- Playing the Violin and Fiddle Left Handed, click here.
- Irish Fiddle, Left Handed Style, click here.