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Ken Perlman’s Clawhammer Clinics Video Archive

If you missed one of Ken Perlman’s Clawhammer Clinics that you had some interest in, we now are able to offer a repeat performance, just for you! Below is a list of past Ken Perlman’s Zoom Workshops on video. $10 buys you unlimited access to a video recording of Ken’s commentary and interaction with workshop attendees, plus supportive TAB documentation for all tunes.

#1 Syncopation Workshop
Price: $10.00

Recorded Oct 5, 2020

Based on a very simple element Ken Perlman calls a "skip-stroke" (others refer to it as a "ghost brush"), here's a step-by-step method that covers everything from shuffle endings and pushing the beat to complex rhythmic patterns, the "Turkey in the Straw" lick, and full-fledged ragtime. If you already own or have an interest in Ken's new book Appalachian Fiddle Tunes for Clawhammer Banjo, this is the clinic for you!!

Includes unlimited access to clinic video plus tab for all tunes.

#2 Playing Up the Neck
Price: $10.00

Recorded Oct 19, 2020

Here Ken presents strategies for getting comfortable venturing up the neck with impunity, including position playing, understanding the fingerboard, "trick" fingering strategies, movable chord shapes, and melodic fingering shapes. And of course, learning how to fret the 5th string, and how to use movable shapes incorporating the fretted 5th string will be front and center.

Includes unlimited access to clinic video plus tab for all tunes.

#3 Pull-Offs & Alternate String Pull-Offs
Price: $10.00

Recorded Nov 9, 2020

Playing pull-offs properly is a real art, and mastering this skill is absolutely essential to becoming an accomplished clawhammer player. Ken starts by breaking down and analyzing the movement itself; he'll then explore open string pull-offs; pulling-off from one fret to another; obtaining multiple pull-offs from a single plucked note; mastering triplets and ornaments; and playing alternate-string pull-offs (plucking one string, then pulling off another - usually higher - string).

And yes, we also encounter and discuss hammer-ons along the way!

Level: Intermediate & Up. Prerequisite: at a least one year playing experience

Includes unlimited access to clinic video plus tab for all tunes.

#4 Playing Jigs & Other 6/8 Tunes
Price: $10.00

Recorded Nov 21, 2020

A lot of people say you can't play 6/8-time tunes in clawhammer style, but - having mastered that art decades ago - Ken shares with you the system he developed. He'll break down 6/8 time and show how basic clawhammer techniques can be adapted to play it, teach some very simple jigs, and then explore a series of increasingly more challenging ones. By the end of the session you'll wonder what all the fuss was about.

Level: Intermediate & up. Prerequisite: you should be pretty good at drop-thumbing, hammer-ons & pull-offs

Includes unlimited access to clinic video plus tab for all tunes.