Have you ever wondered how you can play clawhammer guitar like Molly Tuttle ? In this video, you’ll get step-by-step directions on how to learn this incredibly rhythmic and melodic guitar technique.
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Clawhammer technique started off on banjo, but has since made its way into the guitar world. Named after the claw-like position your hand is in, clawhammer technique is technically challenging but incredibly rewarding.
The basic principle of clawhammer technique involves a brush, a thumb, and a note. These terms are each defined within the lesson. When you put these three terms parts together and practice them, you’ll be well on your way to working your clawhammer guitar technique.
In addition to learning clawhammer guitar in this video, you’ll also learn how to play a scale, a song, and a harmonized scale using clawhammer guitar technique. By the end of this video, you’ll have an essential baseline of clawhammer guitar that you can use to learn more advanced techniques within the clawhammer world.
I also want to take a moment to highlight the work of Molly Tuttle, Michael Stadler, Steve Baughman, Chris Coole, Adam Hurt, and Cara Luft.
I really loved this episode. It was great and really useful.
Can you do more like this?
HELLO, I ENJOYED YOUR CLAW HAMMER PRESENTATION! WHILE LISTENING IT REMINDED ME OF A SONG JIM STAFFORD DID, WILD WOOD FLOWER, IS THIS PICKING PATTERN USED FOR THIS SONG?
Loved this show, of course I love AT. Great learning and good knowledge. I might even try it. Steve
Hea Tony, now you are taking me back to when i first found you online, i was just restarting my guitar journey some 5 or so years ago. With all those minnie lessons that really changed my whole life. From the first lesson i knew you were the instructor that would work for me. I had to save up for TAC, since i was on fixed income but well worth it. Even sent in the first poor mans guitarsenal [eps. 36]. Thanks Tony, took me back to see how great of a teacher you are. Ok have to get ready for game 2 round 3 Lightning game tonight. Thanx again your friend Guy B. in Champa Bay FL.
Hi Tony, You should check out luthier, Gabriele Réti. She has some great YouTube videos of her making guitars from scratch.
really liked this lesson
Great show Tony! I have learned my one new thing for today. I really enjoyed today’s show.
Thanks Tony. This episode was great! Your step by step instruction gives us a great intro into the claw hammer approach. Your easy to follow guidance makes learning this technique a breeze. Thanks again, GGU
Yes – loved this format! Very instructive and easy to follow.
What a Fine as frogs hair show Tony! Lots of great players and Molly and Billy? I mean Lovely! Plus some fine makers I never new of, Fantastic! I’ve done a bit of claw hammer style on the guitar but your lessons are very helpful and I’ve been playing since 1964. I also have a 1976 Mossman Tenn. Flatop I bought new in 1978, it was about $700 then and is still a gem! Kind Thanks with Love and Peace to you and your Family and All Guitar Geeks! DaveyJO in Pa.
Fantastic episode, I use to listen while driving a tractor, but for this lesson I was at my guitar thankfully. Loved the Claw hammer learning section, and as usual Tony was a delightful host and entertaining. Glad to hear you promoting a guitar built down under , I will check them out. Also you might want to check out the Peterson Family Blue Grass Band and maybe feature them one day on an Acoustic Tuesday. They are so talented and simply amazing to listen too. Thanks again Tony for all the effort you put into these episodes and for TAC. God Bless.
You should check out August guitars. Loveland CO.
Dude, you rock!!
This episode was The most fun! I was fairly unfamiliar with the technique but thanks to you and Rhiannon Giddens I am totally turned on to this fun and entertaining style. Thank you so very much, Tony, for explaining this wonderful genre of music to us. I am going to grab up my Recording King dirty 30, tune it up and see if I can eek out some music from it.
This is soooo much fun… and truly inspiring.
Jerry Reed is the Claw
I loved the guitar you used when you showed how to do the clawhammer. What guitar did you use in the demo?
I love it! Are you going to open a techniques lesson on Clawhammer guitar?
Claw-hammer sounds a lot like Michael Hedges, and I’m not a fan. Sounds cool on a banjo, though. As far as your format goes, I love it. You mix it up with everything that thrills me. I can hardly wait to hear about Elizabeth Cotton next week.
Long time listener/ viewer first time emailer/ contact. I really enjoy the show and the Acoustic Life Journal, although I found out this morning that the Journal is being discontinued in July. That’s a shame but totally understandable. In your recent programs you have highlighted a number of outstanding luthiers – really love those segments. Last week you mentioned a luthier from Australia, Wildwood Guitars I think. In any case please have a look at the resonators from Donmo Resonator Guitars, especially the Rustbuckets & Galvo’s – http://www.donmo.com/Guitarsite/Guitars.html. Donmo is also Australian. Keep up the good work.
I got to see Molly Tuttle live for the first time this weekend and🤯 then she played clawhammer and🤯 again!! Great show about guitar techniques we can all use to expand our guitar journey. When you get a chance to see one of your guitar heroes live it is so inspirational and exciting. I highly recommend going to see one of your guitar heroes live whenever you can, if you are anything like me it will supercharge your guitar journey. Tony please keep inspiring us with your awesome acoustic Tuesday shows. And big thanks to Molly Tuttle for blowing my mind 🤯 over and over again, and giving me the jolt I needed to continue my guitar journey.
Excellent lesson, Tony. Thank you!
Is this the technique used by Andy Griffith?