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Breakthrough Banjo is a complete, beginner-to-advanced course for fingerstyle banjo.

It is based on THE BRAINJO METHOD, a neuroscience based system of instruction designed so that anyone can learn to play, regardless of age or prior musical experience.

The course is now FREE for the first 30 days

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The First 30 Days Of Breakthrough Banjo Are Currently FREE!

You’ll have access to ALL course materials as soon as you sign up. Plus you’ll get the “Banjo Player’s Songbook” as a free bonus…


The new Banjo Player’s Songbook is currently a free bonus when you sign up for the Breakthrough Banjo course. 

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What's Inside The BREAKTHROUGH BANJO Course

The course is divided into multiple sections, all of which can be accessed from the main course menu. Below is a listing of the major sections of the course, along with the kinds of content they contain. ​

Banjo Basics

In in the BANJO BASICS section, you’ll learn all of the essential things you need to know before you pick your first string.

Primary learning modules

The PRIMARY LEARNING MODULES are where you’ll acquire the fundamental skills and knowledge of fingerpicking in a carefully chosen, step-by step sequence.

Each module contains precise objectives to meet, so that you know exactly when you’re ready to move on to the next one.

Arguably the most popular area of the Breakthrough Banjo course, THE VAULT is the ultimate (and always growing) library of banjo tabs and tutorials for both 2 and 3 finger styles. 

The Jam Dojo

Containing the ultimate banjo backup tracks for songs in The Vault, the JAM DOJO is where you can work on your entire gamut of developing skills (playing solos, changing chords, playing backup, jamming, improvising, and so on).

Supplemental Learning Modules

In the SUPPLEMENTAL LEARNING MODULES, you’ll find lessons on other essential topics in fingerstyle banjo.

Unlike the Primary Learning Modules, the order in which these are consumed is not as important.

Topics here include brain-based practice techniques, how to play and sing in 2 and 3 finger style, and the essentials of music theory for the banjo.  

The Lick Library

“Licks” (i.e. common musical phrases) are an essential part of the Scruggs banjo sound.

In the LICK LIBRARY you’ll learn what licks are, how and when to use them, and review in detail the classic lead-in, fill, backup, and tag licks.


THE VIRTUAL CLASSROOM. The Virtual Classroom is where live workshops are held, including tune and song tutorials, along with topics that are underrepresented in traditional instruction. Workshops include a supplementary PDF book, and are archived for future viewing. 

The Ear Lab

Anyone can learn to play by ear. All it takes is practice. 

An extension of the 3 part series on how to play by ear in the Primary Learning Modules, the EAR LAB contains workshops and tools for continuing to develop your ability to play by ear, jam, and improvise. 

Also includes the How to Sing & Play series of workshops, where we walk step by step through the process of how to play and sing a song. 

Beats for Banjo

Also known as “the metronome killer,” BEATS FOR BANJO are rhythm tracks designed specifically for banjo practice. They are enormously helpful for working on rhythm and timing, and have multiple uses.  

I personally use these tracks all the time – they’re loads of fun to play with and hugely helpful. 

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All course materials are based on the Brainjo Method of instruction.

Created by Dr. Josh Turknett, The Brainjo Method is the first neuroscience-based system of musical instruction designed specifically for the adult beginner.

It has now been used by tens of thousands of adults from around the world to learn the banjo. 

The Laws of Brainjo book

The Brainjo Method is designed to provide the most fun, foolproof, and frustration-free path to learning the banjo. 

Now, you don’t need to know anything about the brain science that’s behind the instruction you’ll receive. 

However, if you are interested in learning more about the neuroscience that’s integrated into the Breakthrough Banjo course, then check out the bestselling book, “The Laws of Brainjo: The Art & Science of Molding A Musical Mind.

VIDEO: About the Brainjo Method

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