Learn Clawhammer Banjo

Learn the basics of clawhammer banjo playing with this video lesson from David Holt.

You can buy the entire DVD from David Holt here.


Here are some other resources to help you learn how to play clawhammer banjo:

David Bandrowski

David Bandrowski

Director of Marketing for Deering Banjos

David has been a banjo player since he was 14 years old and his first banjo that he bought on his own was a Deering Intermediate. He has worked for Deering for over 9 years and is also a New Orleans based 5-string and tenor banjo player, teacher, and owner of the online banjo store Banjo Studio. He has performed with Dr. John, Natalie Merchant, Donald Harrison, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Mike Seeger, and with band members of the Harry Connick Jr. Big Band, Fats Domino, The Allman Brothers, Merle Travis, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, the Rebirth Brass Band, and many other well known and lesser known entertainers. He has also composed, produced, and placed music in many commercials, films, and television programs.

  1. hi dave my name is eddie can you tell me if there is i fingure pick i can use for claw hammer as i am missing the tops of the required fingers i pla blugrass but would love to have a go at clawhammer mant thanks eddie

    1. You might try the “Atomic” frailing pick. The Janet Davis Music company sells it. Standard bluegrass syle picks work well as well, but you wear them backwards, with the blade over your fingernail. (You may want to bend the pick to straighten it out to match the shape of your finger, and perhaps round off the end with a grinder tool.


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