Monthly Archives: April 2013

Clawhammer Ukulele resources

As I begin work preparing a clawhammer ukulele workshop for the coming Ukulele Melee, I decided to take some time to wander the various YouTube offerings. Seems like everybody has their own idea of the right way to teach clawhammer technique. I watched many, but here are the ones I would recommend:

I wish I could remember how I was taught, but it was over 15 years ago. I can’t even remember the name of my banjo instructor! She was a great musician who wrote out tabs for me by hand during the lesson, all from memory. She must have known hundreds of tunes. I don’t remember struggling with the technique, but I do remember that it took quite awhile to get up to speed.

In addition to these videos, I also recommend Aaron Keim’s Clawhammer Ukulele book – which is available for Kindle and also from Etsy.

Barry Sholder also has a Clawhammer Ukulele book which is available from Amazon.

You can also find some great (free!) clawhammer ukulele tabs by Richard Hefner at ezFolk. I particularly like this version of Oh Susanna.