Two-Finger Banjo 1

$202 ($192 members) · 80 minutes · Weekly for 8 weeks

Old time two-finger banjo is a syncopated alternative to the clawhammer style that is equally suited for playing instrumentals or accompanying singing. In it, we strike down with the thumb of the picking hand and pluck up with the index finger. Two-finger banjo can be heard in the playing of Wade Mainer, Roscoe Holcomb, Mike Seeger, and Paul Brown. This beginning level will start you off with simple melodies in the two-finger "thumb lead" style. You will learn tunes and songs that are commonly played in jam sessions, and gain comfort in standard G (and then A) tuning.


Introduction to the Banjo is recommended if you are new to the banjo. Players who are self-taught or have played in other styles can begin here.

Class Schedules and Availability

The Old Town School of Folk Music, Inc.
4544 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago IL 60625  •  773.728.6000