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Bill Evans’ Facebook Live Workshop | Saturday, April 11 | Up The Neck Scruggs-Style Backup

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Join our Beginning Banjo and Bluegrass Banjo instructor for a banjo workshop on Facebook Live on Saturday, April 11 at 11am Pacific Time!

by Dan Gabel
April 07, 2020

2020.4.11 BillEvans FBLive2 copy 600w.pngPlease join our Beginning Banjo and Bluegrass Banjo instructor Bill Evans on Saturday, April 11, from 12 to 1:15 PM Mountain Time / 11 AM - 12:15 PM Pacific Time for Bill’s Facebook Live Workshop on Up The Neck Scruggs-Style Backup.

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” 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, and we’ll also 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.

Head to Bill Evans’ Facebook page and be a part of this great event:

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 to Bill’s Tip Jar, below, or via PayPal to

Be sure to follow Bill Evans and Peghead Nation on Facebook for event updates. 

Download the tab for the event here:

D Shape Licks_BEvans.pdf

Boogie Woogie Earl_BEvans.pdf

In The Mood Patterns_BEvans.pdf

Mixing Up The Neck Backup Licks_BEvans.pdf

Movable Chord ChartB-Evans.pdf


Six White Horses & Salty Dog licks_BEvans.pdf

We have a virtual tip jar out for Bill, and you can contribute to that at any time! 100% of the tips go to Bill, and Bill is donating 25% to the IBMA Bluegrass Trust Fund.

And sign up for Bill’s Beginning Banjo or Bluegrass Banjo course on Peghead Nation to keep learning after the workshop!


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