Beginner's Clawhammer Banjo
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Learn to play 17 old-time banjo tunes in 90 days!

YES! You CAN learn to play clawhammer banjo with online lessons! We believe that everyone can learn to play a musical instrument. Even if you live in hard-to-reach places. Even when good teachers are hard to find. Even if money is tight.


Looking for Online Banjo Lessons?

Hi, I’m Larry Unger. If you’re looking for online banjo lessons, you have found the right place! I am excited to bring you Clawhammer Banjo Basics, my video-based clawhammer banjo course that will teach you how to play clawhammer banjo.

At the end of this course you will know 17 popular old-time tunes that audiences all over the world love. You will have the skills to learn most old time fiddle and banjo tunes on your own, and you will be able to learn tunes you love by ear and play along at old time jam sessions.

You Will Learn

17 old-time banjo favorites

  • Shortenin’ Bread
  • Cripple Creek
  • Angeline the Baker
  • Old Joe Clark
  • Amazing Grace
  • Sourwood Mountain
  • Plus 11 more tunes!

How to figure out tunes by ear

These lessons include ear training so that you can learn to hear a note and pick it out on your banjo. I go nice and slow for you, so you can really acquire this skill!

How to add variety to the tunes you play

I give you little tools and tricks you can apply to each tune that will help you to change it up. These tools can be applied to other tunes as well, so by the time you finish this course, you will always have an ace up your sleeve to help you on ANY tune!

How to get that good "old-time" sound through right-hand technique

Everyone can hear the difference between a true Clawhammer expert and a beginner. The difference is in your right hand technique! I spend a great deal of time helping you develop and refine your right hand skill to achieve a masterful old-time sound.

How to join and fit in with an old timey jam session.

I don't just talk the talk. I walk the walk. I live the life of a musician 100%, and I will share with you the inside scoop on what to do at jams, how to fit in, etiquette, and advice on playing in a band.

So much more I can't even tell you

My Clawhammer banjo lessons are so jam-packed with value, you just have to see it to believe it. I am so sure that you will love what you see that I stand behind my lessons with a money-back guarantee. Come and see why!

These tunes are as fun to play as their titles make them sound! Here I am playing "Last Chance" with bandmate Eden MacAdam-Somer. This tune will be within your reach at the end of the course!

What Larry's students are saying
(actual quotes from workshop participants)

"Excellent instructor!!! Larry made it easy for me to return to the guitar after 30 years of not playing. He was patient. Larry has outstanding teaching skills. He covered a lot of ground during the week.

- Dave M., Swannanoa Gathering, North Carolina, 2010

"Larry breaks things down into baby steps, and he always knows what mistakes I’m about to make before I make them! WONDERFUL teacher!"

- Melissa H., Swannanoa Gathering, North Carolina, 2010

"I learned more than I expected. Larry has a way of explaining musical concepts so that they are easy to understand. I look forward to working with Larry again.

- Gordon, Swannanoa Gathering, North Carolina, 2010

"Larry was a good teacher. Larry was sweet and patient. I’m not a guitarist, but I’m taking away some good stuff.

- David G., Swannanoa Gathering, North Carolina, 2010

How Does It Work?

It's very simple to get your lessons:
  • Log in to our members-only area and watch the videos as often as you like with your banjo in hand.
  • You and I will work through the exercises together and you can stop and repeat whenever you need to review.
  • Approximately every seven days, your membership will automatically upgrade to give you access to the next song.

But if you want to take two weeks or four or whatever to learn a tune, go ahead! You set the pace. The next lessons will be there for you when you are ready.

The course is “officially” 13 weeks long. So you'll only be billed three times. But you’ll have access to all of the videos for another 6 months! That’s because we care about your success, and want you to have plenty of time to complete the course, regardless of what life may throw at you! That is the beauty of Red Desert’s online system–if you have to take a couple weeks off for whatever life throws at you, no problem. Pick up where you left off!

Learn With My Proven Approach

I don’t just give you the tune and teach you the notes and then say, “good luck!” I use a very reliable “layered” approach to teaching banjo where each step builds on what came before. Here’s how it works:
  1. I walk you through a simple, bare-bones version of each tune SLOWLY, giving you a chance to learn it by ear.
  2. Then, I immediately show you some variations of the same tune before you get locked into only one way to play it. This teaches you to be a flexible and spontaneous player, which has BIG pay-offs for you in time. You learn quick recovery and flexibility.
  3. You play along slowly with me, repeating as often as you like.
  4. I give you tips and tricks on how to remember each tune

That's it! It's an amazingly simple system that works. By the time you have practiced each unit’s videos and understand the concepts, you will not simply play these tunes. You will understand them and be ready to change them up and make them your own!

At the end of the course, you will be able to apply the skills learned in Beginning Clawhammer Banjo to ANY tune, and be able to teach yourself!

The Bonus Stuff

My beginning clawhammer banjo lessons include free tools to help you learn:
  • Free MP3s or me playing all of the tunes in banjo, banjo + guitar, and guitar only. Play along to learn faster!
  • Free play-along videos of every tune. Watch my right hand technique and play along in three different speeds: slow, medium, and fast.
  • Free tablature for each tune in the course.
  • Free printable summaries and practice assignments help you stay on track.

How Much?

Beginner’s Clawhammer Banjo Basics currently costs only $47 per month for three months. (That’s 17 tunes and more than 30 hours of instruction!) Compare that to my private lesson rate of $50 per hour…well, no need to do the math!

60-Day Money-Back Guarantee

100% No Questions Asked, Money-Back Guarantee

You can try Beginner's Clawhammer Banjo Basics at no risk. Simply sign up, try it out, and if you aren't completely satisfied, simply request a refund within 60 days. You can cancel anytime.

Limited-Time Bonus Offer

If you sign up now during our grand opening, your membership includes a free video exchange with Larry. At the end of second month, you can upload a video and I will give it an instructional critique. I will post an individualized video lesson for you, giving you tips to work on to further improve your skills. This is a $50 value, but it’s yours free just for signing up now.

This bonus is only temporary for the grand opening of Beginner Clawhammer Banjo.

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