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About the Breakthrough Banjo Course
LEARN THE BANJO AT ANY AGE!
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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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…
BONUS! THE BANJO PLAYER’S SONGBOOK
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.
In in the BANJO BASICS section, you’ll learn all of the essential things you need to know before you pick your first string.
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.
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).
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.
“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.
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.
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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Words from BREAKTHROUGH BANJO MEMBERS…
“Thanks for a simply beautiful learning resource and an elegant method. You’ve made an embarrassment of riches available…”
Firstly, thank you so much for helping me on my journey towards becoming an accomplished banjo player…The Brainjo Method fits perfectly with the way I learn as I’m sure it would for anyone willing to pay attention to what you teach and do the practice time required. The results so far have been stunning.
I was pretty well blown away by what I have learned in such a short time. As I now begin to read your articles I am learning why your method of learning works.
“I’m so loving your course. Haven’t been this excited about something in a long time. I’m naturally a slow learner, but I have stubbornness, and now your course on my side. “
“The course has given me the courage to tackle tunes and techniques that I would have thought were beyond me.”
“I’m already “successful” after only 8 months!
I’ve been able to consistently sit with my banjo an hour a day for several months. Bonaparte crossing the Rhine is up to speed. Soldiers Joy & Liberty are 2 songs, if I could play them, I could call it a career, Ha! But theres so much more the course makes accessible. I’m not retiring anytime soon!”
“I previously thought learning to play was not possible for me. I love the teaching style and logical step-by-step instructions. I really appreciate the way Josh explains the lessons in a logical way that builds my skills, and makes the process fun. I look forward to daily practices.”
“Prior to Breakthrough, I always dug a hole in my home practice sessions and then fell into it. Boredom prevailed and then my banjo would end up in the closet again. Breakthrough should be called Breakaway…. that’s what happened….
A goal of mine was to play in front of somebody one year ago… but by mid summer, I was leading an open play group. Scary progress….”
“It is helping me learn to play clawhammer banjo faster than I expected I would. I have reach the point where I can participate in local old time jam sessions, and I am having a great time.
I’m having fun and I’m learning. Thank you!”
“At 72, I had some anxieties. First, will I live long enough to get to be good at the banjo. Second, I’ll have to study a lot harder than a younger person. The Breakthrough Course and it’s philosophy has eliminated these two anxieties. I can learn at my own pace and practice is not a chore but an enjoyment.
I’d advise the Course for any other ” oldsters” who might be interested in the banjo.”
“I cannot stress how many times I had tried and failed at Drop Thumbing until I went through the Breakthrough Banjo Course and had it both explained to me and shown to me in depth alongside the exercises. Now it actually feels natural and I can hardly believe it.
“I only wish I had heard of this course sooner because clearly it can take anyone at any skill level and effectively teach them.. Not just to play songs, or tunes, but to create music and really grow.”
About the BRAINJO METHOD
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 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