Scruggs Style + Single-String and Melodic Styles
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These must-have lessons for every aspiring banjo player, regardless of your current playing level. Master musician Bill Evans has put together an almost encyclopedic array of licks, roll patterns, fretting hand embellishments (slides, hammer-ons, pull-offs and chokes) and other techniques that make up the essential building blocks of traditional and progressive bluegrass banjo styles. Even better, each element you’ll learn doubles as a powerful skill-building exercise - without the usual struggle that the term “practicing” implies.
On Lesson 1, Bill explores the three-finger picking styles and techniques pioneered by Earl Scruggs and some of the greats who followed his lead, particularly Sonny Osborne, Ralph Stanley and J. D. Crowe. Start playing the “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” roll, the “Cripple Creek” lick, the “Six White Horses” lick, classic fill-ins and back-ups and many more essential “licks-ercises" that you can use to build authentic sounding banjo solos and accompaniments.
On Lesson 2, Bill digs into contemporary banjo techniques in both the “melodic” style, developed by Bill Keith, and “single-string” style, pioneered by Don Reno and, more recently, by modern players such as Béla Fleck. Bill helps you map out the fretboard and master major scales, octave shifts, chromatic licks, picking and fretting techniques, blues riffs and other invaluable devices. You’ll quickly come to understand the theory underlying these game-changing playing styles. Tunes include Red-Haired Boy, Devil’s Dream, Bill Cheatem and any other tune that you want to shine on.