Banjo, Clawhammer, Levels 2/3

Instructor(s): Steve Baughman

Clawhammer banjo is great fun as a solo instrument and also as a tool for vocal accompaniment. In this class we will do plenty of both. In addition to learning some fine instrumental tunes we will look at how to accompany ourselves as we sing. We will listen to a few recordings of banjo players singing and then look at what exactly they are doing on the banjo. We will also learn a bunch of the “standard package” riffs that can be summoned whenever we aren’t real sure what to do. We may even do some basic two-finger picking.

Steve Baughman
Steve Baughman


This class is for intermediates and up. That means folks who can do the bum-ditty without gritting their teeth. Bring recording devices and come ready to play a lot. 

About Steve Baughman:

Steve has recorded with Rounder Records, and he produced the classic double CD Banjo Gathering, which Bluegrass Unlimited called “a momentous undertaking and a must addition to any serious collection of old-time music.”  Steve believes in the life-changing power of banjo playing and worked with a banjo-playing Zen monk on Zen Banjo: Method and Mindfulness, a DVD that demonstrates the contemplative possibilities in clawhammer banjo. Steve is also adept at clawhammer guitar and an expert Celtic-style guitarist specializing in Orkney (CGDCGD) tuning.

Steve has taught at Swannanoa Gathering, Acoustic Alaska Camp, California Coast Music Camp, Colorado Roots Camp, Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, Outer Banks Guitar Workshop, Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, Roberto Dalla Vecchia Acoustic Guitar Workshop, Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp, Sierra Fiddle School, Kaufman Kamp, Sunshine Coast School of Celtic Music, Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddle School, The Woods Song and Dance Camp, World Voices, and World Visions. Steve is always a favorite of students at Walker Creek, and his classes are very hands-on. We love having him at camp!