Posted by bevans on Saturday, July 9, 2016
I wanted to pass along the news that Homespun Tapes has just released an all-new two DVD set called "Licks-ercises for Bluegrass Banjo." If you're ready to staring working up your own solos along with creating your own licks and using them in songs, this DVD set will help point the way by providing fingerboard studies, right hand exercises and a truck load full of classic licks. What's even better is that I show you how to create your own authentic sounding licks and solos using the accompanying picking and fingerboard exercises. DVD 1 covers Scruggs style while DVD 2 covers melodic and single-string styles and is perhaps the most comprehensive approach to wrapping your brain around these progressive banjo approaches. Purchase separately or buy both projects and save $10. They're ready to ship from my webstore now. Note that each project purchased separately is $29.25 but you can save $10 by purchasing both DVDs together for $50. Here's the link again:
Here's a description of Volume 1, covering Scruggs-style exercises and licks:
Bluegrass Banjo Licks-ercises - Turn Powerful Exercises Into An Arsenal of Banjo Licks: DVD 1, Scruggs style, 90 minutes
Here is a must-have DVD for every aspiring banjo player, regardless of your current playing level. Master musician Bill Evans has put together an almost encyclopedic array of licks, roll patterns, fretting hand embellishments (slides, hammer-ons, pull-offs and chokes) and other techniques that make up the essential building blocks of traditional and progressvie bluegrass banjo styles. Even better, each element you'll learn doubls as a powerful skill-building exercise - without the usual struggle that the term "practicing" implies. On this first of two DVD lessons, Bill explores the three-finger picking styles and techniques pioneered by Earl Scruggs and some of the greats who followed his lead, particularly Sonny Osborne, Ralph Stanley and J. D. Crowe. Start playing the "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" roll, the "Cripple Creek" lick, the "Six White Horses" lick, classic fill-ins and back-ups and many more essential "licks-ercises" that you can use to build authentic sounding banjo solos and accompaniments. This lesson was designed for bluegrass banjo players at all levels, and detailed tab is provided for all examples.
And here's a description of Volume 2, covering melodic and single-string exercises and licks:
Bluegrass Banjo Licks-ercises - Turn Powerful Exercises Into An Arsenal of Banjo Licks: DVD 2, Melodic and Single-String Styles, 60 minutes
Are these exercises that become licks, or licks that become exercises? You be the judge!
In his second “Licks-Ercises” DVD, Bill Evans explores contemporary banjo techniques in both the “melodic” style, developed by Bill Keith, and “single-string” style, pioneered by Don Reno and, more recently, by modern players such as Béla Fleck and others. Bill helps you map out the fretboard and master major scales, octave shifts, chromatic licks, picking and fretting techniques, blues riffs and other invaluable devices. You’ll quickly come to understand the theory underlying these game-changing playing styles.
Bill shows you how to turn the technique-building exercises that he teaches into powerful licks that you can use in everything from traditional bluegrass improvisations to fiddle tunes and blues and jazz-tinged solos. Start playing Red-Haired Boy, Devil’s Dream, Bill Cheatam and any other tune that you want to shine on. Each element you’ll learn doubles as a powerful skill-building exercise - without the usual struggle that the term “practicing” implies.
This lesson was designed for bluegrass banjo players at all levels, and detailed tab is provided for all examples.
There are excerpts from each DVD up on YouTube. Here's the link to a brief overview of content for Licks-ercises Vol. 1 Scruggs style:
And here's a link to an overview of Licks-ercise Vol. 2 Melodic and Single-String Styles:
Thanks again everyone for your interest and support!
All the best,
Beginning and Bluegrass Banjo Lessons on Peghead Nation:
Licks-Excises for Bluegrass Banjo DVD 2: Melodic & Single-String Styles
Licks-Ercises for Bluegrass Banjo DVD 1: Scruggs Style
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