Lesson 1: Scruggs Style
Turn Powerful Exercises Into An Arsenal of Banjo Licks
Here is a must-have video 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 this first of two lessons, 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.
This lesson was designed for bluegrass banjo players at all levels, and detailed tab is provided for all examples.