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Banjo Hangout Melodic Style Workshop April 3rd, new homepage and Virginia tour dates!

Posted by bevans on Saturday, March 26, 2011

Hi folks,

Thanks to all of you who have helped made the Banjo Hangout workshops such a great success. My next workshop, "Intro to Melodic Style" is coming up on Sunday, April 3rd from 2 to 4 p.m. Pacific Time Zone. Here's more:


Bill Evans- "Intro to Melodic Style" - Apr 3

Melodic banjo is the style first introduced by Bill Keith and Bobby Thompson in the 1960’s that enable players to play fiddle tunes and more complex melodies note-for-note (it’s great for J. S. Bach arrangements, for instance!). In this “hands-on & let’s play” style of workshop Bill will analyze this approach, picking apart the right- and left-hand essentials in a way that will enable you to soon create your own licks and solos. If you are new to melodic banjo, this is a great way to get started. If you already know this technique, Bill’s explanations will create a much deeper understanding of how you can incorporate this exciting technique in your own style. After showing how to find scales both down and up the neck in different octaves, Bill will move on to present complete tunes, including “Katy Hill,” “Red Haired Boy,” “Banjo Cascade” and “St. Anne’s Reel” (in D). Recommended for “high” beginners to advanced level players who have experience with Scruggs-style banjo. Tab examples are provided and you can record the video for later use. 

Sunday, April 3, 2011 -- 2-4PM PST
Price: $25


And here's the link to register:




Also, in other big news, I have a brand new homepage that I'd love for you to check out at There are several videos and sound clips up right now, with more to come.




I'm heading to my home state of Virginia this month, in addition to playing a few California dates. I hope to see you at one of these upcoming performances:


Thursday, March 31: Kensington, CA (north of Berkeley): Bangers & Grass, a new monthly bluegrass session with Bill Evans, Jim Nunally, Chad Manning, Tom Bekeny and Steve Pottier, Kensington Circus Pub, 389 Colusa Avenue, 8 to 10 p.m. Admission is free but tipping is encouraged!


Saturday, April 9: Pacifica, CA: The Banjo in America, Pacifica Performances, 1220 Linda Mar Blvd., 650-355-1882,


Thursday, April 14: Richmond, VA: The Banjo in America, In Your Ear Concert Series, 1813 East Broad Street, $15 adv / $20 at the door. Contact Wally at 804-320-7067 or email to, sponsored by JAMInc.


Friday, April 15: Lovingston, VA (south of Charlottesville): The Banjo in America, Rapunzel's Coffee and Books, 924 Front Street, with Gene Mills ( Tickets $12, phone 434-263-6660.


Saturday, April 16: Hampton, VA: Banjo Workshop with Richie Dotson! A great day of workshops with Tidewater legend Richie Dotson for all levels of players! Hands on instruction, limited to 22 students. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ---- As of March 26, ONLY 6 SEATS LEFT!


Saturday, April 16: Hampton, VA: The Banjo in America, Victorian Station, $15 general admission, $10 to workshop participants, contact Richie Dotson at 757-613-9628 or


Sunday, April 17: Alexandria, VA: Working Up Scruggs Style Solos for all levels of players, Kingstowne Acoustic Music, 5830 Kingstowne Center, #110, 2 to 4 :30 p.m. $40 admission. Contact David Evans at david@kingstowneacousticmusic. com or phone 703-822-9090 for more info.


Sunday, April 17: Alexandria, VA: The Banjo in America, Kingstowne Acoustic Music, 5830 Kingstowne Center, #110, 7 p.m. $15 admission. Contact David Evans at david@kingstowneacousticmusic. com or phone 703-822-9090 for more info.


Whew! A busy month is in store. I hope to see a lot of you Virginia folks soon!


All the best,


Bill Evans

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