Supplemental Learning Modules

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.

Supplemental Learning Modules

Module 1 Reading the Tabs
Unfamiliar with the conventions of banjo tab? Click here to learn more about how to read them.
Mission 1 Reading the Tabs
Module 2 The "Labyrinth" Practice Technique
In this module, you'll learn a simple but remarkably effective practice technique that can dramatically shorten the amount of time it takes you to learn new skills and tunes.
Mission 1 The "Labyrinth" Practice Technique
Module 3 How To Tune To Any Tuning

In this module, you'll learn exactly how to get your banjo into any new tuning you might encounter, and learn some practical music theory along the way. 

Mission 1 How To Tune The Banjo To Any Tuning
Module 4 The "Laws of Brainjo"
The "Immutable Laws of Brainjo" is a series of articles, written in partnership with the Banjo Hangout, that outlines the principles of Brainjo. While the Brainjo Method has been "baked in" to the course materials, understanding the theoretical principles behind it will allow you reap even more benefits from the course and your practice sessions
Mission 1 The Laws of Brainjo - Deconstructing the Art & Science of Effective Practice
Module 5 Module 4: Singing and Playing
There's a very long tradition of banjoists singing and playing with the banjo, and rightly so - it's some of the most fun you can have as a banjo player! In this module, we'll cover the ins and outs of how to provide simple and tasteful backup to the human voice (whether you're doing the singing, or someone else!)
Mission 1 Playing and Singing Tutorial and Demo: 2-finger thumb lead style
Mission 2 How To Play & Sing
Module 6 Essential Music Theory for the Banjo Player
Wouldn't it be great if there was a course on music theory that just focused on the useful bits, and showed you precisely how to use them? Well, now there is! In this module, I'm dumping every bit of useful music theory from my brain to yours, including the specific situations where it's most applicable for the clawhammer banjo player.
Mission 1 Essentials of Music Theory for the Banjo Player, Part 1
Mission 2 Essentials of Music Theory for the Banjo Player, Part 2
Mission 3 Essentials of Music Theory for the Banjo Player, the conclusion
Module 7 9 Ways To Practice Smarter

In the 9 Ways To Practice Smarter video workshop and ebook, you'll learn the fundamental principles for how to apply the lessons of neuroscience to make the most of your practice time. 

Mission 1 9 Ways To Practice Smarter
Module 8 The Elements of Banjo Tone

Learn how the various components of the banjo contribute to the overall tone, and how adjust then to your liking!

Mission 1 The Elements of Tone
Module 8 The Elements of Tone

Learn how all of the various components of the banjo contribute to its sound, and how to adjust them to your liking!

Mission 1 The Elements of Tone
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