Welcome to the Breaking Tab Workshop! If you’ve tried in vain to break free from tab, or if you’d just like to move to the next phase in your development as a banjo player and want a roadmap for how to do so, then you’re in the right place. In this workshop, which is divided into 2 videos, I’ll review…
6 KEY STRATEGIES FOR BREAKING FREE FROM TAB
Breaking Tab, Part 1
Breaking Tab, Part 2
Resources mentioned in the workshop
So much of whether or not tab helps or harms the learning process is in how you use it, especially in the beginning to early intermediate stages. Click here to review the recommended process for learning a song from tab so that it reinforces and develops the right skills, and doesn’t create tab dependency.
The Brainjo Method for Fingerstyle Banjo.
As mentioned in the workshop, your success in learning to play the banjo well is not determined by musical aptitude, but by how you learn.
With the right learning path, anyone make continued progress along the timeline of mastery. The Brainjo Method is an entirely new approach to learning the banjo that’s designed to make the most of every person’s natural ability to learn music. Watch the video below to learn more about how it’s applied to the process of learning banjo (click here for more information on the Breakthrough Banjo course for fingerstyle banjo).
A Neuroscience-Based Strategy for Improving Your Musical Memory.
As mentioned in the workshop, keeping a running library of songs you know, both for visualization practice, and for improving your musical memory, is a great practice aid. In this 2-part series from the Laws of Brainjo, I review a neuroscience-based system for making the most of this approach.
Jamming with Backup Tracks.
Playing music with others is another key strategy for breaking free of tabs. And backing tracks can be immensely helpful for learning to do so.
Here is a sample backup track from the Jam Dojo, a feature of the Breakthrough Banjo course, designed to allow you to work on all the various aspects of playing music with others. Click here learn more about the backup tracks and ways they can be used.
“Long Journey Home” Backup Track