Clawhammer Blues

The art & science of playing slide, boogie woogie & blues on the clawhammer banjo. 

Clear, Step-By-Step Program

The Clawhammer Blues Course will take you by the hand and guide you, step by step, through all of the essential techniques and ideas you need to play the blues in the clawhammer style.

Enrich the Expressive Potential of Your Playing

12 Bar Blues, The Blues Scale, Improvisation, Slurs, Slides, Movable Patterns, Boogie Woogie & more.

No Study of American Roots Music is Complete Without an Understanding of the Blues...

"Yowza ! Enjoying the course Ryan!! Sounds great, and helps me see the value of up the neck chord studies.” 
Steve R. (Eugene, OR)

What You'll Learn Inside the Clawhammer Blues Course...

Technical Skill Building
  • Blues Solos
  • Movable Blues Licks
  • Blues Chord Theory
  • Seventh Chords
  • Blues Scales
  • Five Classic Blues Song
  • Turnarounds
  • How to play with a slide
  • 12 Bar Blues
  • 8 Bar Blues
  • Blues rhythm strategies
  • Boogie woogie
  • Left hand articulations
  • and more!
Here are the tunes you’ll learn during your training:
  • Sweet Home Chicago
  • How Long Blues
  • Key to the Highway
  • Poor Boy, Long Way from Home
  • PLUSyou’ll learn all about the 12 bar blues form and how to use it to figure out blues songs on your own.
Sign Me Up for Blues Course!

Now is the Time to Become a Better Banjo Player...

"Pretty cool, Ryan.  I have been studying this stuff for a long time but you add a new level of clarity to it.  Bravo!” 
Rob E. (Waxhaw, NC)

What You'll Get When You Sign Up for the Clawhammer Blues Course

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Clawhammer Blues - Introduction
Introduction & Lesson Notes
Basic Blues Chord Progressions
Progression Study - 12 Bar Blues - Key of G
6 mins
Progression Study - 12 Bar Blues - Key of A
5 mins
Progression Study - 12 Bar Blues - Key of D
3 mins
Progression Study - 12 Bar Blues - Key of E
6 mins
Progression Study - 12 Bar Blues - Key of C
6 mins
Blues Rhythym Strategies
Blues Rhythym Strategies - Triplets
3 mins
Blues Rhythym Strategies - Shuffle Feel
4 mins
Blues Chord Studies
Closed Chord Concepts & Muting Techniques
8 mins
Seventh Chord Concepts
Boogie Woogie
Boogie Woogie Study - Explanation & Exercises
21 mins
Left Hand Studies - Articulations
Blues Articulations - Slides
8 mins
Blues Articulations - Slides - A Closer Look
2 mins
Blues Articulations - Bends & Vibrato
13 mins
The Turnaround
Turnarounds - Concept & Playing Strategies
17 mins
Blues Scale Study - Theory & Practice
Blues Scale Theory & Practice - Open A Scale
19 mins
Blues Scale Theory & Practice - Closed A Blues Scale
17 mins
Repertoire & Application Studies
Sweet Home Chicago
34 mins
New Technique Study - Upstrokes
Upstrokes - Explained & Demonstrated
9 mins
Repertoire & Application Studies - Continued
How Long Blues
29 mins
Key to the Highway
25 mins
Further Study - Blues Licks
Five Classic Blues Licks
15 mins
Using a Slide
Introduction to Bottleneck (slide) Playing
8 mins
Poor Boy, Long Ways from Home
27 mins
Listening Recommendations
Intentional Listening Resource List
Clawhammer Blues - Supplemental Materials
Fretboard Diagrams - Scales, Patterns & More
12 Bar Blues Charts
Chord Charts

No Risk to You

If at any time during your first 30 days of this training you aren’t completely satisfied,  just let me know and I’ll refund your tuition immediately.

No Questions Asked.  What have you got to lose?