Below is the schedule for the Brainjo Virtual Classroom for members of the Breakthrough Banjo fingerstyle course. All times are for Eastern (US/New York) Time Zone.
There are 3 primary kinds of workshops that will be held in the classroom, and they are:
#1 – Topical Workshops. These workshops are devoted to a specific topic in clawhammer banjo, to expand on areas covered in the primary course modules.
#2 – Ear Laboratory Tutorials. In these workshops, the goal is to work through the process of creating an arrangement for a song or tune on the banjo, entirely by ear, as addressed in the 4-part learning to play by ear series in the course. These workshops are only available to Breakthrough Banjo members (click here for prior Ear Laboratory workshops).
#3 – The Vault Tab “Walk-throughs”. In these, I take a tab from The Vault and “walk through” how to play it measure by measure.
Topical Workshops (all times US Eastern Time Zone)
Jan. 31, 4pm (EST) – Branching Out With 2 Finger Thumb Lead
Mar. 26, 3pm (EST) – Essential Banjo Licks: What are they, and how do you use them?
Apr. 13 – Using the New Breakthrough Banjo Jam Player
TBA – How to play “up the neck”
TBA – Advanced Backup – chord clusters, or how to play any chord, any time!
TBA – Fingerstyle Renaissance: The world beyond Earl
TBA – Review of Music Theory Essentials
TBA – Review of Alternate Tunings
Ear Laboratory Tutorials
Dec. 18 – Song Tutorial “Bury Me Beneath the Willow” (Ear Laboratory)
Jan. 3 – Song Tutorial for “Walking Cane” (Ear Laboratory)
Mar. 25 – “Oh Susanna”
The Vault Tab “Walk-throughs” (held at 4pm Eastern time unless otherwise stated)
Dec. 28, 11am – Tab Walk-Through for “Coke Oven March” (Solo Fingerstyle Classics series)
Jan. 7, 1pm – “Amazing Grace” (3 and 2 finger versions)
Jan. 12, 4pm – “Blue Ridge Cabin Home“
Feb. 2 – “Bury Me Beneath the Willow“
Feb. 9 – “Long Journey Home“
Feb. 16 – “Pretty Polly“
Mar. 5 – “Will the Circle Be Unbroken“
Mar. 30 – “8 More Miles To Louisville“