Beginning Clawhammer Banjo with Jonathan Vocke


Sundays, February 27, March 6, 13, 20, 3:00 – 4:00 PM EST

This workshop will cover the basics of clawhammer banjo and is geared to getting the student ready to participate in a slow-jam setting. Topics will include right hand ergonomics, the bum-pa-ditty stroke, the bum-ditty stroke, drop-thumbing and double thumbing, the major scale, learning by ear, pulloffs and hammer ons, and basic song structure and music theory to help the student make informed guesses about what to expect in a piece of music. The class will be taught primarily in G standard tuning.

Open to all ages, including middle and high school students.


– vaccinations required (instructor is fully vaccinated)
– mask protocols will be observed within the building and during the class


Studio E2
House of Musical Traditions
7010 Westmoreland Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912

JONATHAN VOCKE  – Jonathan has traveled the world studying folk music in many styles. His passion for music lies somewhere between the mournful old-timey ballad and the high-octane fiddle tune, after his own experiences and through the words of great American songwriters. Jonathan is an active performer and jam leader in the DC and Baltimore area. As a teacher, Jonathan enjoys helping his students become more proficient in their instruments as soloists and group players. He ties in ear training, relevant music theory, and techniques to avoid injury so that his students can find their groove, work out their style, and improve their overall musicality. His rich knowledge of old-time and bluegrass tunes will add to the repertoire of any aspiring bluegrass or old-time player. Jonathan teaches guitar, fiddle, banjo, mandolin and ukulele.

$125 for 4 sessions

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