Melodic Clawhammer Banjo

A Comprehensive Guide To Modern Clawhammer Banjo

Learn to play authentic versions of Appalachian fiddle tunes, New England hornpipes, Irish and Scottish jigs and reels, and more. Also includes arrangements by many important pioneers of melodic clawhammer style, such as Howie Bursen, Bob Carlin, and Henry Sapoznik. Originally published in 1979 by Music Sales, Inc. – once day the major in-print source of acoustic print instruction – this book was extremely widely distributed, and did much to establish Ken’s reputation as one of the pioneers of the melodic style. Includes over 50 tunes in clear tablature with substantial instruction illustrated by musical exercises, and historical notes.

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Melodic Clawhammer Banjo

Centerstream/Hal Leonard

The classic clawhammer tune book. Now published by Centerstream/Hal Leonard with a CD that features all 55 tunes

19.95

BOOK w/  CD

 

Reviews for Melodic Clawhammer Banjo

Frets Magazine

Melodic Clawhammer Banjo by Ken Perlman is succinct, comprehensive and logically ordered — a perfect starting place for the frailer interested in melodic playing…this book should provide hours of challenging and interesting playing for intermediate and advanced players.

Pickin’ Magazine

Perlman’s treatment of rhythm is good, especially in the area of jigs and hornpipes. For me this breaks the banjo out of the old “bumptiddy” mode.The manual contains a large section on Irish and New England traditional tunes and is what I feel the best treatment to date on banjo arrangements of these idioms.


This is the cover of the original Music Sales edition of Melodic Clawhammer.

Of historical interest: because the folks at Music Sales liked the flowered shirt and cowboy hat, they put banjoist Mac Benford on the cover of the first edition of Melodic Clawhammer. Mac, who would become well-known both as a solo artist and for his work with Highwoods String Band and Backwoods String Band, tells me that he spent years explaining to people that he had not written this book. Conversely, I spent years explaining to people why the picture on the cover didn’t look like me . . .