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The Banjo Style of J.D. Crowe
with Bill Evans
Live Workshop
Live Workshop
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About This Workshop
 
Next to Earl Scruggs, J.D. Crowe is the most influential five-string bluegrass banjo player in the history of the instrument and The Banjo Style of J.D. Crowe will provide an overview of his long career, teaching tunes and techniques from J.D.’s earliest days with Jimmy Martin through his classic recordings with The New South and his remarkable work with The Bluegrass Album Band. The series is designed for intermediate to advanced banjo players, and will feature guest banjo stars Ron Block and Ron Stewart.
 
 
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 Banjo Style of J.D. Crowe Workshop Includes:
  • Eight one-hour live Zoom sessions, held every other Wednesday, from 5 pm to 6 pm Pacific Time, starting January 18, 2022
  • Detailed transcriptions of J.D.’s playing from his earliest days with Jimmy Martin through his classic ’70s and ’80s recordings with The New South and The Bluegrass Album Band
  • Insights into J.D.’s right- and left-hand techniques (pick angles, wrist arch, note separation, muting techniques, pull-offs, etc.)
  • J.D.’s approach to country-style tunes and slow-song back up
  • Guest appearances by banjo stars Ron Block (Alison Krauss and Union Station) and Ron Steward (Seldom Scene)
  • 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
 
 
Sign Up for Live Workshop
 
Workshop fee of $200, participate live or view recordings on your own schedule.
 
 
 

Next to Earl Scruggs, J.D. Crowe is the most influential five-string bluegrass banjo player in the history of the instrument and The Banjo Style of J.D. Crowe will provide an overview of his long career, teaching tunes and techniques from J.D.’s earliest days with Jimmy Martin through his time with the Kentucky Mountain Boys, his classic ’70s and ’80s recordings with his band The New South and his remarkable work with The Bluegrass Album Band. Special guests will include Ron Block, best-known for his banjo and guitar playing with Alison Krauss and Union Station, and Ron Stewart, who is currently playing banjo with Seldom Scene and who played fiddle with J.D. Crowe for more than eight years. They will provide valuable insights into J.D.’s approach by demonstrating solos, licks, and techniques.

 

This series is designed for intermediate to advanced players and consists of eight one-hour live Zoom workshops. Each live workshop will be recorded in high-quality video and audio and edited for viewing and study both during the course and after its conclusion. Detailed tab and handouts, in downloadable PDF format, will be available to students before each workshop session.

 

Here are some of the tunes Bill will cover in the course: “You Don’t Know My Mind” (two solos), “Sunny Side of the Mountain,” “Blue Ridge Cabin Home” (two solos), “Free Born Man,” “Black Jack,” “Molly and Tenbrooks, “Bear Tracks,” “Hold Watcha Got,” “The Old Home Place,” “Dark Hollow,” and “Come Back Darling.”

 

Bill says, “We’ll also take a deep dive into J.D.’s right- and left-hand techniques (pick angles, wrist arch, note separation, muting techniques, pull-offs, etc.), his rhythmic approach and accenting, back up, and much more. In addition, we’ll explore J.D.’s approach to country-style tunes and slow-song back up and cover the many blues-influenced licks that expanded the vocabulary of bluegrass banjo and influenced generations of banjo players.

 

 
 
The Banjo Style of J.D. Crowe Workshop
 
Welcome to The Banjo Style of J.D. Crowe
 

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