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Banjo I: Clawhammer

The clawhammer style of banjo is a traditional Appalachian Mountain style sometimes called frailing or rapping. Learn the basic right hand frailing technique while you learn tunes on the banjo. Students will learn tunes by listening, and tablature will also be provided. Left hand techniques and chording will be covered, and we will learn and work in several basic banjo tunings. This is a great class for those who have taken Banjo I: Five String and want to continue banjo instruction, for those who have played some banjo on their own and want to learn clawhammer style, or for those who are beginners on the banjo.

Contact instructor Janet Reing with any questions:

Classes are now being held at Winchester Thurston in Shadyside.

Your PayPal payment serves as your registration. You will be contacted with more information about the class closer to the start date.


Refunds, Pro-rates and Cancellation Policy: Refunds will only be issued if Calliope cancels a class due to insufficient enrollment. If that happens, you will be notified in advance and will receive a refund or credit within 30 days from the start of class. No refunds will be given to those who cancel their registration within 2 days before a class starts or after class begins. Classes may not be pro-rated; please plan accordingly. Confirmations will be sent approximately a week before a class starts via email (please specify if you prefer to be contacted by phone).

Class Dates

October 9, 2023 - November 27, 2023


Mondays, 6:30-7:45pm


Janet Reing
Janet Reing plays banjo, hammered dulcimer and guitar and has been playing, performing, and teaching folk music in the Pittsburgh area for more than forty years. She was a founding member of the Coal Country Cloggers and the Deer Creek String Band and al... more



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