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Bill Evans

Online lessons & in-person lessons in NM & CA from the author of "Bluegrass Banjo For Dummies"!

Alto, NM, USA

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Teaches Lessons: Online, In Person

Styles: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Teacher Since: 1978

Pricing: $80 per hour in person / $85 per hour online

Listing Created: 11/20/2011
Listing Updated: 10/29/2019

More About Me

Simply put, Bill is one of the most in demand bluegrass banjo players, teachers and workshop leaders in the world. In a teaching, performing and recording career that now spans over three decades, Bill has performed with David Grisman, Peter Rowan, Dan Crary, Alan Munde, Tony Trischka, Noam Pikelny, Dry Branch Fire Squad, and many others. He is also the author of "Banjo For Dummies," "Bluegrass Banjo For Dummies," and "Banjo: Absolute Beginners" and teaches Beginning and Bluegrass Banjo online at Peghead Nation (

Bill has taught at virtually every banjo camp in the world and directs or co-directs his own annual events in California and his new home in New Mexico.

Bill hosts nine popular instructional DVDs for AcuTab Publications, Homespun Tapes and the Murphy Method and is the co-author of "Parking Lot Pickers Songbook: Banjo Edition" for Mel Bay Publications. His latest DVD set from Homespun is "Licks-ercises for Bluegrass Banjo: Scruggs, Melodic & Single-String Styles," Vols. 1 & 2.

He has literally taught thousands of students from all over the world, and some of his students who are now professional players include Chris Pandolfi (The Infamous Stringdusters), Greg Liszt (Bruce Springsteen, Crooked Still), Jayme Stone, Erik Yates (Hot Buttered Rum) and Wes Corbett (Joy Kills Sorrow).

But you don't have to have professional aspirations to study with Bill. He welcomes students of all ability levels in person at his Alto, NM studio and when he is in the San Francisco Bay Area. You can also study with Bill online via Skype and FaceTime. Sessions begin with learning great technique and move on to Scruggs, melodic and single-string styles, backup, improvisation, jam techniques and much, much more. Bill teaches what you want to learn, working with you to establish an individualized program to help you achieve your banjo goals.

Many of Bill's students are adult learners, many of whom are returning to banjo after setting it aside for many years because of family and work requirements. Bill adapts lessons to your learning style and the emphasis is on fun and making the best use of your practice time.

You can learn more about Bill by visiting or email him at View performance and instructional videos on Bill's YouTube page.


Hi MR. EVANS....I have listened to your videos and am intrigued by your teaching methods... I just started learning Banjo playing. IO have learned from you ...I am still learning. Thanks.... - dragline

Are you able to give lessons over skype and what kind of lessons do you give tabs or by ear
thank you
- Williamsr

Hi wfs-cedar! I don't know when you posted to me but I am just seeing it now. Yes, I do offer Skype lessons and we can gear the lessons according to your own personal goals and needs. Please email me at to discuss in more detail. I do offer tab for everything that we would cover in a lesson. Thanks again! Sincerely, Bill Evans - bevans

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