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Bluegrass Banjo Favorites

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    Chapter 1

    Bill plays a tune with Jeff, and welcomes you to the series and explains a bit about what he'll be going through, but first... Time to tune your Banjo!

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    Chapter 2

    In this video, Bill reviews the roll patterns you'll be using in these videos.

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    Chapter 3

    Bill gets started with "Jesse James", and helps you know the entire melody with his vocals and Banjo, along with a few other songs.

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    Chapter 4

    In this video, Bill talks about John Hardy, and talks about counts, and good lead ins for your intros, advice for structure, and several other tips to get you pickin'.

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    Chapter 5

    It's time for "Foggy Mountain Breakdown"! Bill will show you each part and how to get close to that "Earl Scruggs sound".

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    Chapter 6

    Bill keeps the Bluegrass going with a few more tunes to learn. He'll help you play through the melodies and arrangements part by part.

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    Chapter 7

    It's time now for Bill's favorite banjo tune, "Fireball Mail". You'll be able to follow along and check out each part close up.

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    Chapter 8

    In this video, Bill teaches you another tune called "Clinch Mountain Backstep".

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    Chapter 9

    It's time now to learn Salt Creek. Bill gives some history on the tune, and then helps you learn the progression and each part.

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    Chapter 10

    Bill discusses about the key of D, and shows you a version of "Soliders Joy", helps you learn it, and then you can follow along at the end. Happy signs off with a few final words of advice.

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In this Homespun video tutorial series, you’ll learn to play eight must-know bluegrass instrumentals that are likely to be heard in jam sessions, picking parties and band performances. Bill Evans, one of America’s best-loved players and teachers, helps you build your technique from the ground up, showing you the techniques that will give these tunes power and authenticity.

You’ll learn how to play Jesse James, John Hardy, Foggy Mountain Breakdown, Clinch Mt. Backstep, Old Joe Clark, Salt Creek, Fireball Mail and Soldier’s Joy.

This video series is perfect for banjo players at all levels and beginners will learn the rolls, licks and chord shapes that will get you started picking these tunes the right way. More experienced players will add the cool touches that will make each of these familiar tunes uniquely your own.

Each song is played slowly and at an "almost" up-to-speed tempo so you can build up your picking speed. Practice your newly-learned solos with backup rhythm provided by Bill and guitarist Jim Nunally for a great learning experience and jam session success!


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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 from all over the world in a music career that now spans over thirty-five years.

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    Bluegrass Banjo Favorites

    In this Homespun video tutorial series, you’ll learn to play eight must-know bluegrass instrumentals that are likely to be heard in jam sessions, picking parties and band performances. Bill Evans, one of America’s best-loved players and teachers, helps you build your technique from the ground up, showing you the techniques that will give these tunes power and authenticity.

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