Welcome to Breakthrough Banjo! If you haven’t done so already, then watch the orientation video below first:
All of the course content is accessed from the Member Home page, which is the page you come to after logging in. To access from anywhere, the URL is fingerstylebanjo.com/memberhq. You may also get to it by clicking on “Breakthrough Banjo” on the upper right menu of any page.
Major content areas include:
Getting Started (“Banjo Basics”). This includes the stuff that’s good to know before you get started plucking your first string in an upward fashion. While the order in which you consume each lesson isn’t critical, it is recommended that you complete this section before moving onto the Primary Learning Modules.
Primary Learning Modules. This is where the meat of your learning will occur, where you will progressively acquire picking skills of increasing complexity on your way to making amazing sounds on your instrument. Based on the Brainjo Method, these lessons are designed to be moved through in sequential order. Furthermore, each lesson will provide you the criteria to be met before moving onto the next lesson. Resist the temptation to rush through these modules, as your future success depends heavily on building a solid foundation from the beginning.
Supplemental Knowledge. This section contains supplemental knowledge about music and the banjo that’s important to know, but needn’t be consumed in order (unlike the Primary Learning Modules), and many of the topics will become increasingly relevant as your skills grow. Feel free to visit this section at any point.
Learning Resources. From jamming with the jam tracks, to working on developing you ear, to the Vault – a growing library of song tutorials for you to add to your growing repertoire – this contains stuff to help you reinforce and grow your fingerpicking skills, and to just relax and have a good time with the world’s greatest instrument!
The Brainjo Virtual Classroom. A new feature launched in Dec. 2018, the virtual classroom hosts regular live workshops on essential topics for banjo players, as well as step by step song tutorials. Click here to learn more about the Virtual Classroom.
You will see additional content appear in these areas as time goes on.