Posted by bevans on Sunday, April 27, 2014
Here's a shout out to bluegrass banjo players in the southern California/San Diego area - I'll be heading down your way to teach a workshop on Sunday, May 11. Here are the details and I hope to see you soon!
I'll also be performing two concerts in southern California this same weekend at Boulevard Music in Culver City on Friday, May 9 and at the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad on Saturday, May 10. Complete tour info is always available at www.billevansbanjo.com.
Bill Evans Bluegrass Banjo Workshop: "Jam Survival Skills" and "Working Up Scruggs-Style Solos"
Sunday, May 11, 2014, 2 to 5 p.m.
Morse Academy, 4434 30th Street, San Diego, 92116
This is a practical, bring-your-banjo-and-let's-pick style of workshop designed for all experience levels but ideal for those who have been playing one year or more. Here's what we'll cover:
Bluegrass Banjo Jam Survival Skills: If you're looking to gain more confidence playing with others, this is for you! Topics include the rold of the banjo in a jam, what you should play to accompany others, using your ear to hear chord changes and learning to follow the guitar, vamping, roll patterns and up-the-neck backup, using fill-in licks, negotiating kick-offs and endings and using the capo to play in all keys. Get ready for the summer festival season with this practical and fun workshop.
Working Up Scruggs-Style Banjo Solos: One of the biggest challenges for bluegrass banjo players at all levels is finding the melody on the fingerboard and choosing just the right rolls and licks to create great sounding, driving bluegrass solos. Bill will show you how to choose a key for your solo, how to find the melody notes, and he'll reveal how melodies are related to chord progressions. He'll then move on to show how roll choices can enhance the effectiveness of solos and he'll also show you many basic licks that come up again and again in Scruggs' greatest solos. Bill will also present an analysis of several classic Earl Scruggs solos, showing how the master himself used roll patterns and licks to create his signature sound.
Who is Bill Evans? Bill is one of the most experienced banjo teachers around, specializing in helping adult learners have incredible fun with the five-string banjo. The author of "Banjo for Dummies," the most popular banjo instructional book in the world, Bill has taught thousands of players at workshops and in private lessons all over the world. He hosts six instructional DVD projects for AcuTab, the Murphy Method and Homespun Tapes and is the co-author of "Parking Lot Pickers Songbook: Banjo Edition" for Mel Bay Publicatoins. As a performer, he has shared the stage with David Grisman, David Bromberg, Peter Rowan, Laurie Lewis, Dry Branch Fire Squad and many others. His 2012 CD In Good Company features 26 guest musicians and topped folk and bluegrass charts. His students include Chris Pandolfi (The Infamous Stringdusters), Wes Corbett (Joy Kills Sorrow), Greg Liszt (The Deadly Gentlemen, Crooked Still, Bruce Springsteen's Seeger Tour) and Jayme Stone. To learn more about Bill, visit www.billevansbanjo.com or www.youtube.com/BillEvansBanjo.
San Diego May 2014 Workshop
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