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Melodic and Single-String Banjo
with Bill Evans
Live Workshop
Live Workshop
Live Workshop
 
 
About This Workshop
 
Learn the two bluegrass banjo techniques that were added to Scruggs-style to create exciting bluegrass music from the 1950s to the present day, melodic-style and single-string.
 
 
Meet the Instructor
Bill Evans
 
 
Bill Evans is an internationally recognized five-string banjo life force. As a performer, teacher, writer, and composer, he brings a deep knowledge, intense virtuosity, and contagious passion to all things banjo, with thousands of music fans and banjo students all over the world, the product of a music career that spans more than 35 years and includes appearances with David Grisman, Peter Rowan, Tony Trischka, Dry Branch Fire Squad, Mike Seeger, Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard, Laurie Lewis, Jody Stecher, and many others. Bill has a master’s degree in music from the University of California, Berkeley, with a specialization in American music history and he has been a scholar/artist in residence at many universities across the United States. He is also the author of Banjo for Dummies, the most popular banjo book in the world.
 
 
 
The Melodic and Single-String Banjo Workshop Includes:
  • Eight one-hour live Zoom sessions, held every other Saturday, from 10 am to 11 am Pacific Time starting January 22, 2022
  • Four sessions on melodic style, and four sessions on single-string style
  • High-quality video recordings of each session so you can review what you've learned and revisit them after the workshop has concluded
  • Tablature for all tunes and techniques taught
  • Basic techniques for both single-string and melodic-style banjo
  • Advanced melodic-style positions that players like Noam Pikelny, Tony Trischka, Béla Fleck, and most contemporary bluegrass banjo players use
  • Single-string scale positions based on chord positions in closed and open positions, in different keys, and up and down the neck
 
 
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Workshop fee of $200, participate live or view recordings on your own schedule.
 
 
 

In this Live Workshop, Bill will take the two bluegrass banjo techniques that were added to Scruggs-style to create exciting bluegrass music from the 1950s to the present day. In melodic-style, you’ll explore the technique, theory, and repertoire (first developed by Bill Keith and others in the early 1960s) that allows you to play consecutive scale notes on different strings. In addition to the basics of the technique, Bill will explore different keys and advanced melodic positions that players like Noam Pikelny, Tony Trischka, Béla Fleck, and most contemporary bluegrass banjo players use. In single-string, you’ll learn to play the banjo as if you were playing with a flatpick, using an alternation of thumb and index finger to play melodic lines. Bill will start with basic exercises and then explore scale positions based on chord positions in closed and open positions, in different keys, and up and down the neck. 

 

The workshop will consist of four sessions on melodic style and four sessions on single-string, starting, in each case, at the very beginning. But players already familiar with melodic and/or single-string banjo can gain valuable insights from Bill’s introductory sessions. From there, Bill will introduce more advanced repertoire and technique. In addition to learning repertoire and a variety of licks, you’ll come away from this workshop with a deeper understanding of melodic and single-string banjo that will undoubtedly add a whole new dimension to your playing. 

 

Workshop Schedule:

Sessions will be held every other Saturday on Zoom, from 10 am to 11 am PST (1 pm to 2 pm EST), starting on January 22, 2022. After the workshop is complete, students will continue to have access to workshop recordings and materials when signed in to their Peghead Nation account.

Session #1: January 22, 2022

Session #2: February 5

Session #3: February 19

Session #4: March 5

Session #5: March 19

Session #6: April 2

Session #7: April 16

Session #8: April 30

 

 
 
Melodic and Single-String Banjo Workshop
 
Welcome to Melodic and Single-String Banjo
 

Bill talks about what he’s going to cover in Melodic and Single-String Banjo

 
Session 1 (January 22): Introduction to Melodic and Single-String Banjo
 

In Session 1, Bill will start with a bit of music theory and discuss how major scales are constructed out of sequences of half-step (one fret) and whole-step (two fret) intervals. From there, he’ll compare melodic and single-string technique, exploring how the G major scale is played in first position (down the neck) using each approach. He’ll put this knowledge to use by teaching both melodic and single-string versions of “The Girl I Left Behind Me” and will end Session 1 by showing you a simple melodic version of “Cripple Creek” and taking a look at melodic innovator Bill Keith’s classic version of “Devil’s Dream,” as he recorded it with Bill Monroe in 1963.

 
 
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