Up The Neck Scruggs-Style Backup with Bill Evans: A Facebook Live Bluegrass Banjo Workshop
Saturday, April 11, noon to 1:30 p.m. Mountain Time
Head to Bill Evans’ Facebook page and be a part of this event: facebook.com/BillEvansBanjo
You do not have to be one of my Facebook friends to view this workshop but you do have to be a member of Facebook.
And visit this Peghead Nation page to download all seven tabs (pdf form) now: https://pegheadnation.com/news-reviews/events/join-bill-evans-facebook-live-april-11/
Some of the most exciting elements of bluegrass banjo are the fancy, up-the-neck techniques and licks pioneered by Earl Scruggs, J. D. Crowe and Sonny Osborne that banjo players use to support the lead singer and provide a contrasting point of interest in the band sound. In this “hands-on and let’s pick” style of workshop that’s ideal for all levels of players, we’ll cover practical and easy to learn techniques that you can put to immediate use as well as devote time to some of Earl’s more complicated backup maneuvers. Topics to be discussed include movable chord shapes and vamping, up-the-neck backup patterns using the F and D chord shapes, the “In The Mood” roll, the “Six White Horses,” “Salty Dog Blues” and “Jump Up” backup licks and much more. Tab examples will be presented for everything that will be covered in the session but it's not necessary to read tab well to get a lot out of this workshop.
Players should be familiar with Scruggs-style roll patterns and left-hand embellishment techniques (slides, hammer-ons, pull-offs) and have attempted to play some of Earl’s best-known songs, like “Cripple Creek,” “Cumberland Gap,” and “Foggy Mountain Breakdown.” It will be very helpful to know the three basic major chord shapes (the barre, F- and D-shape positions) and be able to locate G, C and D chords all up and down the neck.
This workshop is free but your tips are appreciated! 25% of all proceeds from this workshop will be donated to the IBMA Trust Fund. You can make your donation from the Peghead Nation workshop page or via PayPal to paypal.me/BillEvansBanjo.
Who's Bill Evans?
“Banjo For Dummies” author Bill Evans has taught thousands of players in both group and one-on-one instruction over the last forty-five years. He has authored five books, nine DVDs and also teaches beginning and bluegrass banjo courses online at Peghead Nation. His instruction is down-to-earth, highly organized and hands-on with detailed tab examples designed for the adult learner. Bill has taught at over 200 banjo camps and he hosts his own instructional events in New Mexico and California. Bill was taught by players such as Sonny Osborne, J. D. Crowe, Bill Keith, Tony Trischka, Ben Eldridge, and Alan Munde. Bill’s students include Chris Pandolfi (Infamous Stringdusters), Wes Corbett (Sam Bush Band), Jayme Stone and Erik Yates (Hot Buttered Rum). As a performing artist, Bill has performed and recorded with David Grisman, Peter Rowan, David Bromberg, Dan Crary, Norman Blake, Fletcher Bright and Dry Branch Fire Squad, among others. His 2012 CD “In Good Company” topped both folk and bluegrass charts as well as making many best of year lists. Bill’s latest CD is “Prime Time,” with guitar legend Dan Crary and bassist Wally Barnick. He tours with his solo show “The Banjo In America,” presenting over 250 years of banjo history based on research done as a doctoral candidate in ethnomusicology at UC Berkeley and he frequently performs with the Hard Road Trio from Las Cruces, New Mexico. Visit billevansbanjo.com to learn more.
Check out Bill’s courses on Peghead Nation:
Beginning Banjo pegheadnation.com/string-schoo...ng-banjo/
Bluegrass Banjo pegheadnation.com/string-schoo...ss-banjo/
Use the coupon code “BillE” to check out either course for free for one month.
To learn more about Bill, visit billevansbanjo.com
Edited by - bevans on 04/09/2020 08:10:17
Thanks for doing these, Bill. I enjoyed the last one.
Bill, are your tabs for you play the melody work shop still on your facebook page? I can only find I'll stay around.
The four tabs are still available as jpeg files - if you click to see all of the comments, the other three tabs will reveal themselves. However, if you email me at email@example.com, I would be happy to send you pdf files of both workshop sessions. All the best, Bill
Edited by - bevans on 04/07/2020 14:34:57
How do I log into this?
Just got though watching the FB Live workshop. It was great. Bill, is this pretty much the same information that is in your DVD on up the neck backup?
Edited by - thisoldman on 04/11/2020 13:12:09
It would be great if a video was uploaded to YouTube for all of us who are anti-facebook.
Hey thisoldman, Yes, it pretty much is the same info although there is much more detail on the AcuTab DVD Power Picking Vol. 1, with more of a step-by-step approach. You're also able to see the hand positions a bit better as that is a multi-camera shoot. Of course, I do have this DVD for sale on my webpage: https://www.billevansbanjo.com/bill-evans-store-books-dvds.php. Thanks for taking a look and thanks for participating in today's workshop.
And Mike, yes, this will be up on YouTube in a couple of days. My YouTube channel is here: https://www.youtube.com/user/BillEvansBanjo
Thanks again everyone for watching! Next weekend, I'll be in concert on Saturday and presenting a Bluegrass Trio Harmony workshop on Sunday. Come join me! Info at https://www.billevansbanjo.com/schedule.php.
All the best,
Thanks , Bill!
We're up and running on YouTube with today's Up The Neck Scruggs Style Backup workshop. For some reason, the video is not as high resolution as it is on my Facebook page but the content is nevertheless there. Link here to watch all 1 hour and 44 minutes! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll be happy to send you tabs. These tabs will still remain up on this Peghead Nation page for a few days too. Thanks again everyone for your interest and I hope you enjoy this session!
Thanks. I will look forward to watching it. I really wanted to be there live today but work called. Thanks for all you do. Be well.
The video and audio quality seems to be better on my Facebook page (www.facebook.com/BillEvansBanjo) than the YouTube version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8AQivdz9xU&t=3890s but they're both up and running!
Bill I really enjoyed the Facebook live. As i anticipated, a lot for me to take in! I’ll be going back it some more. Thanks for doing these!
This was an enjoyable lesson. I learned things I thought I already knew. It was nice to be able to hear so clearly, no tuning banjos or other background noise. Made it feel very one on one. Thanks so much Bill.
Fantastic. Thanks for all you do for banjo players, Bill.
Thanks Bill, great session Lots there for me to work on! :)
Lots of great information, thanks Bill Evans.
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