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Bill Teaches Online Lessons Via Skype for Nov-Dec 2010

Posted by bevans on Monday, November 15, 2010


Hi folks, 

I wanted to let everyone on BHO know that I'll be offering one-on-one Skype banjo lessons from November 29 through December 31. All you need is a computer with a camera, an Internet connection and a Skye and PayPal account. These lessons are designed around your individual goals as a player and I'm accepting all levels of students, from beginners to advanced. I highly recommend trying a lesson if you're concerned about your technique or if you want to jump start your progress to a new level of playing. I've taught literally thousands of players in over thirty-five years of full-time teaching and I'm comfortable discussing just about any aspect of three-finger playing with you, from Scruggs to melodic and single-string styles, back-up, theory, repertoire, the banjo styles of Scruggs, Osborne and Crowe and much, much more.

If you are interested in signing up for a time slot and trying an online lesson, please email me directly at or call me at 510-528-1924 Pacific Time Zone.

Payment is via PayPal and I will email tab and mp3 audio files covering the material in each session (I do not record the entire lesson but I'm happy to send sound files of me playing tab examples and also, when applicable, sound files of guitar backup for vocal tunes, etc.).

My rates for Skype sessions are $80 for a one hour lesson, not including time spent talking on the phone before the session to agree on topics and time spent with follow up emails. I know that this isn't cheap - however, it's a lot cheaper than flying here to the San Francisco Bay Area, renting a car and a hotel and coming over to the house for private lessons (which many folks have done over the years!).

Below is more detail about my bio and background. Thanks for your consideration of this offer and I hope to meet many of you via Skype in the coming weeks!


Bill Evans

Online Skype Banjo Lessons from Bill Evans

"Banjo For Dummies" author, "Banjo Newsletter" columnist, and AcuTab and Mel Bay publications author Bill Evans is accepting on-line Skype banjo students of all levels for private lessons through the end of 2010. A full-time professional player for over thirty years, Bill has spent a lifetime learning and sharing knowledge one-on-one with such bluegrass banjo masters as Sonny Osborne, J.D. Crowe, Alan Munde, Tony Trischka, Bill Emerson, Bill Keith and many others. Such leading contemporary players as Chris Pandolfi (The Infamous Stringdusters), Greg Liszt (Crooked Still), Wes Corbett (Joy Kills Sorrow and the Bee Eaters), Jayme Stone (From Africa to Appalachia) and Eric Yates (Hot Buttered Rum) have studied with Bill. 

He has taught literally thousands of students from all over the world, both privately and at his own camps in California and Tennessee, as well as at the Maryland Banjo Academy, Sore Fingers Bluegrass Week in the Cotswalds, England, South Plains College’s Camp Bluegrass in Levelland, TX, the CBA Jam Camp in Grass Valley, Steve Kaufman’s Acoustic Kamp in Maryville, TN, and the American Banjo Camp in Fort Flagler, WA, among others. For the last ten years, Bill has co-hosted with Sonny Osborne the NashCamp Banjo Camp in the Nashville, Tennesse area, which many feel to be the premiere bluegrass banjo camp in the world. 

Over a performing career that spans 40 years, Bill has appeared with David Grisman, Peter Rowan, Tony Trischka, Dry Branch Fire Squad, Steve Smith, Chris Sanders & Hard Road, The Contribution, the De Pue Brothers Band, Megan Lynch, Kathy Kallick, Laurie Lewis, Jody Stecher, Charlie Moore, Bluegrass Intentions, Due West and others. In the 1980's, Bill led the progressive bluegrass band Cloud Valley, featuring bassist Missy Raines and mandolin player Steve Smith. Bill earned a Master's Degree in Music from the University of California, Berkeley and has taught at the University of Virginia, Duke University and San Francisco State University, in addition to being a performer in residence at the University of Richmond, UC Santa Cruz and Carleton College.

Open to all levels of players including beginners, Bill's lessons emphasize proper right- and left-hand techniques and mastering the skills you'll need to play in a jam session or with a band. Other topics include Scruggs, melodic and single-string styles, back-up and playing with others, working up breaks and improvising, music theory, repertoire and banjo maintenance and set-up. Lessons are geared to each student's individual needs. Even just one or two lessons will radically speed your progress on the instrument! Lessons are $80 per hour. For more information contact Bill at 510-528-1924; e-mail:; homepage <>.

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