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Feb 3, 2021 - 7:40:10 AM
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bevans

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998 posts since 1/31/2004

I'm excited to share the news of a new 8-class workshop that I'll be teaching titled "Earl Scruggs: A Player's Guide" beginning on Saturday, February 20th. This series is designed for all levels of banjo players and consists of eight one-hour live Zoom workshops + handouts. Each workshop will be recorded in high quality video and audio and edited for viewing and study both during the course and after its conclusion, so you'll be able to watch from anywhere in the world and review all materials for months after our lesson series has ended in late May. Tabs and handouts, in PDF format, will be emailed to students in advance of each workshop session. 

This is the kind of course that I've been waiting to present virtually all of my career, after studying All Things Earl for over fifty years and I'm excited to share songs, techniques and information that go beyond what's presented in "Earl Scruggs and the Five-String Banjo."

For more info, to watch an introductory video and to register, link here.

More info on "Earl Scruggs: A Player's Guide"

Earl Scruggs is without question the most influential five-string banjo player in the history of this instrument and a thorough understanding of his style is essential to playing bluegrass banjo well. Earl Scruggs: A Player’s Guide picks up where Earl’s renowned instruction book Earl Scruggs and the Five-String Banjo leaves off, teaching tunes and techniques to enable each student to become a more complete Scruggs-style player. Among the topics to be covered are:

  • Easy Earl: straightforward tunes & solos (Shortening Bread)
  • Early Earl: Earl with Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys
  • Fiddle tune and slow song (teardrop) back-up (Fiddle & Banjo, I’ll Just Pretend)
  • Solos to Flatt & Scruggs vocal tunes (Head Over Heels, Doin’ My Time)
  • Up-the-neck solos & discussion of fingering (Why Did You Wander? Shuckin’ The Corn)
  • Boogie-Woogie Earl, licks & solos (Six White Horses)
  • Drop C tuning (Farewell Blues, Ain’t Gonna Work Tomorrow)
  • Earl’s most awesome licks for leads and back-up

I've invited 1996 IBMA Banjo Player of the Year Charlie Cushman to join me as a very special guest for one workshop session. Charlie plays banjo and Earl Scruggs-style guitar in the Earls of Leicester, the Flatt & Scruggs tribute band led by dobro legend Jerry Douglas. He will discuss some of the most important aspects of Earl’s playing that move beyond tablature, including Earl’s fingering choices, right hand rhythm and note spacing, and much more. 

 

About Bill Evans

 

Bluegrass Banjo For Dummies author Bill Evans is one of the best and most experienced bluegrass banjo teachers & workshop leaders in the world. His instruction is practical, down-to-earth and designed for the adult learner. Bill has spent fifty years studying the intricacies of Earl Scruggs’ banjo style and has co-produced instructional materials with banjo legends Sonny Osborne and J. D. Crowe. He has produced eight instructional DVDs for Homespun Tapes, the Murphy Method and AcuTab, is the co-author of Parking Lot Picker’s Songbook: Banjo Edition from Mel Bay Publications and has taught thousands of students from all over the world. Bill also hosts the Beginning Banjo and Bluegrass Banjo courses online at Peghead Nation (www.pegheadnation.com). His professional students include Chris Pandolfi (The Infamous Stringdusters), Wes Corbett (Sam Bush Band), Erik Yates (Hot Buttered Rum) and Jayme Stone. He currently performs with guitar legend and Walnut Valley favorite Dan Crary and hosts camps event in California and New Mexico. Learn more at www.billevansbanjo.com and to view performances and workshops, visit his YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/BillEvansBanjo.


Edited by - bevans on 04/15/2021 08:29:53

Feb 16, 2021 - 7:06:24 PM

bevans

USA

998 posts since 1/31/2004

Hi again folks! There's still plenty of time to sign up and join me for our first live session this coming Saturday, February 20th at 2 p.m. Eastern Time. For this first workshop session, we'll analyze Earl's playing with Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys in 1946 and '47, looking at solos to "Blue Grass Breakdown," "Molly & Tenbrooks," and from live radio broadcasts, "Ain't Nobody Gonna Miss Me" and "Cripple Creek." Tabs will be send out in advance for all four tunes.

I'll attach the listening assignment to Saturday's class to this updsate to give you an idea of what we'll discuss in this first session. All classes are recorded and can be viewed after the live session and for months (and years) after the course ends in late May. Thanks for considering joining us! Click here to go to Peghead Nation to learn more and to register.

All the best,

Bill Evans


 

Feb 24, 2021 - 7:55:08 AM

bevans

USA

998 posts since 1/31/2004

Hi again everyone! It's not too late to join me for my 8-class intensive workshop "Earl Scruggs: A Player's Guide," sponsored by Peghead Nation. This workshop is a new kind of learning experience, combining live Zoom lessons + tab with video you can watch long after the course is over. In the first workshop session on February 20th, we discussed Earl's early influences and surveyed Earl Scruggs' playing with Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys in 1946-47. High quality video is now up for this first workshop session (so you can catch up now) and you can download the tabs and listening and reading assignments at any time.

For the upcoming March 6th live lesson beginning at 2 p.m. Eastern Time, I'll spend two workshop sessions looking at Earl's playing during the "Mercury Years," when Flatt and Scruggs recorded for the Mercury record label from 1948-50. This period includes some classic performances and the class will look at transcriptions of "Farewell Blues," and "Doin' My Time," among many others. "Earl Scruggs: A Player's Guide" is designed for all levels of banjo players with a goal of understanding Earl's banjo techniques and creating a foundation for years of future study. Our "textbook" for the course is "Earl Scruggs and Foggy Mountain Breakdown" and each week, we'll look at transcriptions of Earl's playing as well as discuss what was happening in Earl's life and career at the time of these recordings. Charlie Cushman, the great banjo player with the Earls of Leicester, will be joining us on April 3 and Thomas Goldsmith, the author of our textbook, will also be joining us in late April or early May. For more info and to register, click here and head over to Peghead Nation to learn more.


Edited by - bevans on 02/24/2021 07:56:19

Mar 2, 2021 - 12:12:26 PM
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bevans

USA

998 posts since 1/31/2004

It's not too late to join us for "Earl Scruggs: A Player's Guide," my new workshop series with Peghead Nation. You can view high quality video and audio of the first lesson on February 20th now and download the study guide to get ready for this coming live lesson on Saturday, March 6th at 2 p.m. Eastern. For this upcoming session, we'll devote the first of two classes on Earl's playing with Lester Flatt & The Foggy Mt. Boys during "The Mercury Years" from 1948-50. We'll take a look at transcriptions of "Down The Road" (lead and backup), "Why Don't You Tell Me So?" (in the key of F without a capo!) and "No Mother or Dad" (lead and backup). We'll also open up the Scruggs book and take a look at "Foggy Mt. Breakdown." I'll help you decipher the tab to this classic tune.

This workshop series is for all levels of folks who want a deeper understanding of Earl's playing. Charlie Cushman will be my guest on April 3rd and Thomas Goldsmith joins us on May 1. Live classes are every other Saturday through the end of May but you'll be able to access video and tabs for years after the course has ended. Check out this link for more info and I hope you can join us! Link here for more info and to register.

All the best,

Bill Evans

Apr 15, 2021 - 8:29:13 AM
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bevans

USA

998 posts since 1/31/2004

Hi again folks! My Peghead Nation workshop series "Earl Scruggs: A Player's Guide" continues with a live Zoom session on Saturday, April 17 at 2 p.m. Eastern with special guest Charlie Cushman from the Earls of Leicester. Series host Bill Evans discusses with Charlie some of the most important aspects of Earl's playing that move beyond tablature, including Earl's fingering choices, right-hand rhythm, tone and note spacing and much more. It's not too late to join us, as all sessions are recorded in high quality video and audio and available for viewing (along with accurate tab transcriptions to over 20 of Earl's classic solos and backups) for long after the live sessions end on May 29th. Consider this a graduate level course in all things Earl! Visit https://www.pegheadnation.com/string-school/courses/earl-scruggs-a-players-guide for more info. And thanks!


Apr 15, 2021 - 10:35:14 AM

6068 posts since 10/13/2007

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Originally posted by bevans

Hi again folks! My Peghead Nation workshop series "Earl Scruggs: A Player's Guide" continues with a live Zoom session on Saturday, April 17 at 2 p.m. Eastern with special guest Charlie Cushman from the Earls of Leicester. Series host Bill Evans discusses with Charlie some of the most important aspects of Earl's playing that move beyond tablature, including Earl's fingering choices, right-hand rhythm, tone and note spacing and much more. It's not too late to join us, as all sessions are recorded in high quality video and audio and available for viewing (along with accurate tab transcriptions to over 20 of Earl's classic solos and backups) for long after the live sessions end on May 29th. Consider this a graduate level course in all things Earl! Visit https://www.pegheadnation.com/string-school/courses/earl-scruggs-a-players-guide for more info. And thanks!


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