If you’ve been playing clawhammer banjo for a bit and are looking for some materials tailored to your current ability, as well as ones to advance things to the next level, choose from the options below:
Every Friday, I release a new video of one of my favorite clawhammer banjo tunes, along with tablature of the arrangement. Sign up for the tune of the week newsletter to get the tabs for all prior tunes, and to get an email each Friday with the latest one.
Most of the arrangements in the series are Brainjo Level 3 and 4.
This is a very popular recurring monthly series I write in partnership with the Banjo Hangout. Each month I cover a new tune, and show the process for building up a clawhammer arrangement from start to finish.
Think you can’t learn to play the banjo by ear? Think you’ll always be dependent on tablature to learn new tunes?
Think again! In this multimedia course, you’ll go step by step through every component of learning to play by ear. In the end, you’ll possess all the tools you need to pick out melodies, improvise, and create your own arrangements of any tune you hear.
Previously Sold For $97, the “Learn To Play By Ear” Course Now Comes As A Free Bonus When You Become A Breakthrough Banjo Member.
One of the missions of Brainjo is to provide an in depth analysis of both the journey to mastery and the playing style of master musicians. Adam Hurt is one such master, and in this inaugural edition in the Masters of Clawhammer Banjo series, we journey through the mind of Adam Hurt. There’s a wealth of incredible content here: a 2 hour interview, concert, album, book of tabs, style and tune analysis videos, and more… Click here to learn more.
Level: Late Beginner to Advanced
The course is designed as an extension of the “8 Essential Steps to Clawhammer Banjo” video series, and so is well suited for the late beginner to early intermediate player, and the course materials advance quickly (drop thumb is part of month two, and ear learning begins month three, for example).
Just $7 for the first month, the course includes all the materials you see on this page, plus much more. Read more about Breakthrough Banjo here.
Cost: $7 for the first month, $21 per month thereafter
I also post new articles here often on any topic related to clawhammer banjo, learning, neuroplasticity, and the art and science of effective practice.
Individual Articles and Videos
- “Syncopated Skips”: the coolest technique for adding syncopation (with video)
- 7 Reasons Why Clawhammer Banjoists Should Know Their Chords
- The Brainjo Tune Learnin’ System: Learn, Memorize, and Avoid Jam Failure!
- The Brainjo Level System: How to Find the Right Music at the Right Time
- A New Year’s Banjo Resolution that Actually Works