Our Beginning Banjo and Bluegrass Banjo instructor is teaching a Scruggs-Style Solos workshop, live on Facebook, Saturday, March 28 at 11am Pacific Time. Join us!
by Dan Gabel
March 23, 2020
Join our Beginning Banjo and Bluegrass Banjo instructor Bill Evans on Saturday, March 28, from 12 PM Mountain Time / 11 AM Pacific Time for Bill’s Facebook Live Workshop on Working Up a Scruggs-Style Solo.
Head to Bill Evans’ Facebook page and be a part of this great event: https://www.facebook.com/BillEvansBanjo
Just about everyone who plays bluegrass banjo aspires to “pick it like Earl.” In this free, 75-minute Facebook Live banjo workshop, Peghead Nation instructor and Bluegrass Banjo For Dummies author Bill Evans will unlock some of the most important elements of Earl’s playing style by analyzing four well-known Scruggs solos: “No Mother Or Dad,” “Fireball Mail,” “I’ll Never Shed Another Tear” and “I’ll Stay Around.”
Bill will discuss how Earl’s roll and lick choices relate to the chord progression and melody of each song and you’ll see how to apply basic “think like Earl” concepts to enhance your own playing. Bill’s tab transcriptions are available to download below, so you can print them out and play along. You’ll be able to ask questions in the comments section on Facebook as the workshop proceeds and you can access workshop video after the conclusion of the session on Bill’s Facebook page.
This workshop is designed for upper-level beginners through intermediate students, although there will be material of value to players of all ability levels. 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.” This workshop will not explore up the neck soloing or back-up. Bill will do that in additional online sessions soon!
Download the tab for the event here:
We will also 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.
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