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Bluegrass Banjo Licks-Ercises- Turn Powerful Exercises Into An Arsenal of Banjo Licks - DVD 1

Bluegrass Banjo Licks-Ercises- Turn Powerful Exercises Into An Arsenal of Banjo Licks - DVD 1DVD 1 Scruggs Style
Taught by Bill Evans

90 Minutes $29.95

Here is a must-have DVD 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 DVD 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.

$29.95
Buy Both Scruggs Style and Single String/Melodic Styles for $50.00




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Bluegrass Banjo Licks-Ercises - Turn Powerful Exercises Into An Arsenal of Banjo Licks - DVD 2

Bluegrass Banjo Licks-Ercises - Turn Powerful Exercises Into An Arsenal of Banjo Licks -  DVD 2DVD 2 Single String and Melodic Styles
Taught by Bill Evans

60 Minutes $29.95

Are these exercises that become licks, or licks that become exercises? You be the judge!

In his second "Licks-Ercises" DVD, Bill Evans explores 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 Bela Fleck and others. 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.

Bill shows you how to turn the technique-building exercises that he teaches into powerful licks that you can use in everything from traditional bluegrass improvisations to fiddle tunes and blues and jazz-tinged solos. Start playing Red-Haired Boy, Devil's Dream, Bill Cheatam and any other tune that you want to shine on. Each element you'll learn doubles as a powerful skill-building exercise - without the usual struggle that the term "practicing" implies.




This lesson was designed for bluegrass banjo players at all levels, and detailed tab is provided for all examples.

$29.95
Buy Both Scruggs Style and Single String/Melodic Styles for $50.00




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Bluegrass Banjo For Dummies: Book + Online Video and Audio Instruction By Bill Evans from Wiley Publishing

Bluegrass Banjo For Dummies: Book + Online Video and Audio Instruction 
By Bill Evans from Wiley PublishingSpecial Introductory Offer! Free Bill Evans CD of your choice with book purchase!

BILL'S NEW COMPLETE GUIDE TO BLUEGRASS BANJO IS HERE!

Bluegrass Banjo For Dummies is Bill's follow up to his best selling book Banjo For Dummies. This new book focuses just on bluegrass style banjo and gets you started with the roll patterns essential to Scruggs style picking. You'll then add left-hand techniques such as slides, hammer-ons and pull-offs, play great sounding licks and perform classic tunes like "Cripple Creek " and "Old Joe Clark." You'll navigate up the neck on the instrument as well as learn the essential backup skills you need to play with others in jam sessions and in bands. You'll even tackle contemporary banjo styles using melodic and single-string scales and picking techniques.

Bluegrass Banjo For Dummies is not just for beginners! It's a complete guide that will provide new insights for all levels of players. Photos, banjo tablature and diagrams are accompanied by online audio and video tracks for the most complete bluegrass banjo learning experience available today.

Bluegrass Banjo For Dummies has all this and much more:
  • 40 classic bluegrass songs in Scruggs, melodic, and single-string styles
  • 129 downloadable audio examples and 37 online videos
  • Choose a banjo and accessories that are just right for you and your budget.
  • How to locate chords up and down the neck of your banjo and use them to accompany others in a jam
  • Explore the fingerboard using melodic and single-string playing styles.
  • Accompany others in different keys with roll patterns and chord vamping techniques.
  • Work up your own solos up and down the neck in Scruggs style..
  • Keep your banjo sounding its best with practical and easy set up tips.
  • Guidance on choosing and changing strings
  • Banjo players you need to know and ten strategies to make you a better player

As a special introductory offer, you'll also receive a CD as a gift with your book purchase. Choose from Bill Evans Plays Banjo, let's do something, In Good Company or Fine Times At Fletcher's House, indicating your choice in the shipping instructions at the PayPal checkout (please do not add these CDs to your shopping cart).

$24.99 includes a personalized signed copy. If this item is ordered by itself, a $2.75 shipping charge will be added at checkout. Shipping is via USPS Flat Rate. Please email to inquire about Canadian and foreign shipping rates.


$24.99


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Bluegrass Banjo Favorites DVD - Develop Your Skills With 8 Essential Jam Tunes

Bluegrass Banjo Favorites DVD - Develop Your Skills With 8 Essential Jam TunesTaught by Bill Evans
With Jim Nunally, rhythm guitar
Two Hours $29.95
For all levels of players.

Learn to play eight must-know bluegrass instrumentals that you are likely to hear 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:

Jesse James • John Hardy • Foggy Mountain Breakdown • Clinch Mt. Backstep • Old Joe Clark • Salt Creek • Fireball Mail • Soldier's Joy.

Bill Evans Banjo Favorites DVD

This DVD is perfect for banjo players at all levels. 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.

Price $29.95
Shipping and handling: $2.75 within the United States.


$29.95


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Harmony Singing Made Easy Featuring Bill Evans, Murphy Henry, Janet Beazley & Chris Stuart

Harmony Singing Made Easy
Featuring Bill Evans, Murphy Henry, Janet Beazley & Chris StuartLearn by ear with the Murphy Method!
1 hour 46 minute instructional DVD

Check out these YouTube video highlights!
• Bill, Murphy, Janet and Chris sing "Amazing Grace." View video
• Bill, Murphy, Janet sing "Will The Circle Be Unbroken." View video


Master bluegrass harmony singing by ear in a way that's easy and fun and designed for those new to singing using the world famous Murphy Method! Whether you're young or old, male or female, if you have a high-pitched voice or if you sing in a low growl, this is the project that's for you - if you're ready to learn the secrets of great harmony singing.

The Murphy Method is a learn-by-ear method using no tab or written music and as little music theory as possible. With this DVD, you learn by doing - or in this case, by singing! Harmony Singing Made Easy presents six classic bluegrass and gospel songs in a variety of different keys to fit high, middle-range or low voices. Sometimes the men (Bill, Chris) take the lead; sometimes the women (Murphy, Janet) take the lead. We then show you how to create harmony parts that fit each lead voice.

Lead and harmony parts are presented by themselves, enabling you to learn each part by singing along with the DVD. You'll then hear lead and harmony parts in pairs and finally all three voices together in bluegrass trio harmony - putting you right in the band! You'll even get the chance to sing bass on two gospel quartets!

Along the way, we'll answer questions such as "What key do I sing in?," "How do I find my harmony part?" and "How do voices blend together?" And at the very end, Murphy and Bill break out two banjos for a rousing quartet version of Over In The Gloryland.

Songs include Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Bury Me Beneath the Willow, All the Good Times Are Past and Gone, Don't This Road Look Rough and Rocky, Amazing Grace and Over in the Gloryland.

Price $29.95
Shipping and handling: $2.75 within the United States.


$29.95


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Banjo For Dummies: Book + Online Video & Audio Instruction, 2nd Edition

Banjo For Dummies: Book + Online Video & Audio Instruction, 2nd EditionBy Bill Evans from Wiley Publications

A 384 page accessible how-to guide with banjo tab examples, diagrams and an updated multimedia component with companion audio tracks and complementary video lessons.

Great for beginners but also with plenty of useful information and tunes for intermediate and advanced level players.


It's here! The famous yellow-and-black book series meets the world of the five-string banjo. Bill takes you through a guided tour of all things banjo, with instruction offered in clawhammer, bluegrass, minstrel, classic, melodic and single-string banjo techniques.

Banjo For Dummies covers everything you need to get into the banjo: including how to choose, tune and care for your instrument, developing a good playing posture, and getting comfortable with the left and right hand positions used for clawhammer and bluegrass playing techniques. You'll master the basic clawhammer right hand stroke and learn the eight most important roll patterns in Scruggs style playing. You'll then add the left hand, spicing up your playing with slides, hammer-ons, pull-offs and chokes while learning chord positions and several tunes.

From there, you'll move on to play 19th century minstrel style, early 20th century classic style as well as try your hand at more advanced examples of bluegrass style. An in-depth chapter on bluegrass explores Scruggs licks and techniques as well as melodic and single-string styles. Also included is a banjo buyer's guide, a section on music theory as applied to bluegrass and old-time music, an accessories guide, information on how to find a good teacher, banjo camp or music festival, chord charts, bios of twelve influential players, practice tips and much, much more!

Written in the familiar Dummies style, the book is accessible and fun to read and it's easy to locate just what you're interested in. Included are several new compositions written by Bill just for the book, including "Reno's Rag" (single-string style), "Winston's Jig" (Irish three-finger) and "Everyday Breakdown" (Scruggs style). All musical examples are played slowly on the accompanying CD, many with guitar and mandolin accompaniment.

If you've enjoyed Bill's teaching, either at his workshops or through his AcuTab DVD's, you'll love Banjo For Dummies!

Take a closer look at Banjo For Dummies by clicking on the links below:
  • Table of contents
  • Introduction
  • Dummies Cheat Sheet (a cardboard tearout included in each book)
  • Chapter 13: Ten Tips to Make Practicing More Fun
  • A Banjo For Dummies original cartoon!

$24.99 includes a personalized signed copy. If this item is ordered by itself, a $2.75 shipping charge will be added at checkout. Shipping is via USPS Priority Flat Rate. Please email to inquire about Canadian and foreign shipping rates.


$24.95


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Bluegrass Jamming Essentials, Power Pickin' Vol. 5 ... (Native and Fine Records)

Bluegrass Jamming Essentials, Power Pickin' Vol. 5 ... (Native and Fine Records) Check out the YouTube video highlights!


Most people pick up one of the bluegrass instruments with an eye towards getting to play with other musicians. For some, the goal is no more grand than to participate in local jam sessions or parking lot picking at festivals, while others hope to join up with an amateur band - or even pursue playing professionally. This AcuTab DVD, Bluegrass Jamming Essentials, is designed to assist pickers in any of those camps take a big leap forward - or take their first baby steps.

Bill Evans and Megan Lynch have assembled a fine group of fellow bluegrass professionals to assist in this presentation. If you want to learn about playing in a bluegrass band, you couldn't do much better than this bunch! Bill is a popular west coast banjo picker, and one of the most sought after banjo teachers in the US. Megan is a six time National Fiddle Champion currently touring with Pam Tillis. Bill and Megan have taught band workshops all over the world.

Mandolinist Adam Steffey has toured with Alison Krauss, Mountain Heart, Dan Tyminski and The Boxcars. On guitar, Tim Stafford holds down the rhythm in bluegrass supergroup Blue Highway and is also an Alison Krauss alumnus. Bass player David Thomas tours with Special Consensus. Together this top-notch band demonstrates the basics of playing in a bluegrass band, plus dozens of tips and tricks that will make you a more effective player at jams.

In this 2 1/2 hour video, the five of them describe the basic roles of the bass, mandolin, guitar, banjo and fiddle in the band setting, and cover such crucial topics as tuning, choosing keys and tempos, proper capo use and more. Other concepts covered include backup and fills, soloing, playing with drive, a variety of song formats, and communication within a band while playing.

They demonstrate all this using familiar songs, chosen to show these important concepts in a variety of keys, tempos and styles. And for each song, they leave a spot for you to play your own break!

Nine Pound Hammer
Your Love Is Like A Flower
Sitting On Top Of The World
Gold Rush
Clinch Mountain Backstep
Soldier's Joy
Don't Lie To Me
Rambling Heart
My Rose Of Old Kentucky
Don't Let Your Deal Go Down
Rebecca
Knoxville Girl



$35.00


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Parking Lot Picker's Songbook: Banjo Edition

Parking Lot Picker's Songbook: Banjo Editionby Bill Evans & Dix Bruce from Mel Bay Publications
A 304 page songbook with over 225 bluegrass & old-time favorites in notation and tab with two CDs!

This is a bluegrass songbook unlike any other on the market: with Parking Lot Picker's Songbook: Banjo Edition
you can hear each piece as well as follow along in both music notation and banjo tablature. Over 225 songs are included with melodies presented in standard notation and banjo tablature along with complete lyrics and chords. Two CDs (with over 144 total minutes of music) are included in this set that features Bill playing backup banjo (and singing every now and then) to every song in the book with Dix Bruce playing on guitar and mandolin. After listening to the song on the CD, you can then use the tab of the melody to work up your own arrangement.

Songs include "Rocky Top," "Molly and Tenbrooks," "Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms," "Nine Pound Hammer," "Little Maggie," and many, many more bluegrass, old-time and gospel favorites from Flatt & Scruggs, Bill Monroe, Jimmy Martin, Doc Watson, Ralph Stanley and the Osborne Brothers, among others. Bill also includes a tab of his banjo version of "Train 45" (with six variations) along with short banjo lead arrangements of "Cripple Creek" and "Sally Goodin'." An introductory essay discusses everything you need to know to get ready for your next jam, including how and when to use the capo, finding a good key to sing a song and how to transpose melodies and chord progressions for both men's and women's voices.

The book also features over 40 photographs of many of today's leading bluegrass performers from Tom Tworek, Bill Evans and Gretchen Snyder.

Click here to hear "Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms"for a CD sample.

"I picked up a copy of the book from Bill at Banjo Camp North. It is fantastic. I love that just the melodies are tabbed so I can work out my own arrangements…It's what the banjo fake books should be, but aren't." Matthew, in a review post to banjohangout.org.

This book lists for $39.99. You may choose shipping via Media Mail and Bill will cover the cost or Bill can send via Priority Mail (2 to 4 days within the United States) for an additional $5.45 to cover shipping cost.

FOREIGN ORDERS FOR THIS ITEM: contact Bill Evans via email at bill@billevansbanjo.com for shipping rates and to place an order.


$34.99


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Power Pickin' Vol. 1 - Up The Neck Backup For Bluegrass Banjo

Power Pickin' Vol. 1 - Up The Neck Backup For Bluegrass Banjofeaturing Bill Evans
2 hour video/tab book set.

A visual method for learning the basic techniques used to play bluegrass banjo accompaniment in up the neck positions. The material is presented in a step-by-step approach appropriate for all levels of pickers, and a tab booklet is included. Great for pickers at any skill level!
In this Power Pickin' video from AcuTab, Bill Evans takes you through a careful description and demonstration of many important backup techniques that you can incorporate into your picking right away. Each new technique is explained in detail, using a variety of camera angles and split screen formats to show you exactly how it's done.

Topics covered include:

• vamping --with variations
• roll patterns based on chord forms
• 2 finger backup for slower songs
• 3/4 time backup
• classic backup licks
• bluesy backup styles



$35.00


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Power Pickin' Vol. 3: Playing Banjo Backup In A Bluegrass Band

Power Pickin' Vol. 3: Playing Banjo Backup In A Bluegrass BandFeaturing Bill Evans with Kenny Smith (guitar), Herschel Sizemore (mandolin), Nick Reed (fiddle) and Warren Anderson (bass)

2 hour instructional DVD with tab book

"Simply put, this is the best instructional DVD I have ever seen – both in terms of content and presentation."
Eddie Collins, Banjo Newsletter, July 2006.

Power Pickin' Vol. 3 is a new and innovative companion project to Bill's highly acclaimed AcuTab instructional DVD on up the neck backup. In this new DVD, Bill combines both up the neck and down the neck approaches, along with introducing new backup techniques, to show how to build an effective, professional sounding banjo backup to a wide variety of bluegrass songs.

Topics covered include choosing the appropriate backup to play behind a singer or another instrument; leading a singer in after taking a banjo solo; using target tones to move from one chord to the next; using forward rolls to create drive; ending licks; combining F and D position up the neck backup techniques and much, much more. Bill uses the following tunes to demonstrate these techniques:

• Long Journey Home - standard bluegrass in G
• Dark Hollow - standard bluegrass in C
• Man Of Constant Sorrow - modal/bluesy bluegrass
• Bury Me Beneath The Willow - slower bluegrass
• All The Good Times - 3/4 time
• Don't Let Your Deal Go Down - cycle of 4ths tune
• Blackberry Blossom - fiddle tune in G
• Soldiers Joy - fiddle tune in D

Bill plays each tune with the band and then slowly and clearly demonstrates the backup techniques that are appropriate for each song. Three split screen viewing options allow you to easily view both right and left hand fingerings. You can also listen to the performances in either a concert or banjo prominent mix. In addition, the chapter options provide immediate access to whatever section of the DVD you want to work on while also allowing you to watch the project as an eight song, stand alone concert.

All of the banjo breaks and many backup examples are included in an accompanying 20-page tab booklet. Vol. 3 is a companion piece to the first two volumes in this series (Vol. 1 is available below in the Native and Fine Store). However, you do not need to have mastered all of the material in these preceding volumes to benefit from this exciting and innovative new project. DVD length is approximately two hours.


$35.00


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Bluegrass Banjo Master Class: Power Pickin' Vol. 4

Bluegrass Banjo Master Class: Power Pickin' Vol. 42 hour 20 minute DVD with tab book

What's a master class? It's an opportunity for players at all levels to enjoy an instructional event with a noted master of their instrument. It's a common concept in the jazz and classical music worlds and now it's come to bluegrass banjo!

Bill continues his series of highly acclaimed AcuTab DVDs with Bluegrass Banjo Master Class, an instructional project designed for all levels of banjo players that presents an overview of techniques that will benefit any banjo player.

Bluegrass Banjo Master Class provides the most detailed analysis of right and left hand technique in bluegrass banjo currently available on DVD. Bill begins by showing you how to fit and shape the picks and how to find the optimal position on the banjo head. He proceeds to explore how hand position and angle of pick attack work together to produce great tone and volume.

Bill also teaches essential bluegrass roll patterns and such left hand techniques as slides, hammers, pull offs and chokes. He then moves on to explore such topics as straight time vs. playing with a bounce and how to practice with a metronome. Bill's analysis is designed to help both new pickers get on the right track and to refocus more experienced players on the importance of the basics - solid rhythm, big tone and bluegrass drive.

Bill then introduces 21 essential licks and shows how to use them to improvise and build new licks. Finally, Bill presents 20 chordal exercises to help you become more familiar with the all areas of the neck - all based on familiar bluegrass rolls. More skilled players will especially benefit from these exercises, as they open your ears to some new sounds while showing your fingers some new places to go. Three screen orientations are available for the split screen sections, based on whether the left or right hand is of greater interest - or seeing them both at equal size.

The accompanying tab book features all examples played on the DVD. Check out these video samples:

Earl's Fave
GCD Progression
Strumming Splits


$35


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Parking Lot Picker's Songbook: Guitar Edition

Parking Lot Picker's Songbook: Guitar Editionby Dix Bruce from Mel Bay Publications
A 304 page songbook with over 225 bluegrass & old-time favorites in notation and tab with two CDs!

This is the perfect companion book to Parking Lot Picker's Songbook: Banjo Edition for all of your guitar-playing friends. Both volumes present the same songs in the same keys and arrangements. The only difference is that the Guitar Edition presents the melody in guitar tab and standard notation.

Parking Lot Picker's Songbook: Guitar Edition also comes with the same two CDs as the Banjo Edition, with Bill Evans and Dix Bruce performing on each track with guitar, banjo and mandolin backing.

This book lists for $34.99. Due to the high price of Postal Service Priority Mail for this item (because of its weight), please note that there are two shipping options to choose from below. You may choose shipping via Media Mail (7 to 10 days within the United States) and Bill will cover the cost or choose Priority Mail (2 to 4 days within the United States) for an additional $5.45 to partially cover the additional shipping costs.

FOREIGN ORDERS FOR THIS ITEM: contact Bill Evans via email at bevans@nativeandfine.com for shipping rates and to place an order.

Priority Mail shipment (2 to 4 days within the U. S.) $34.90 ($29.95 list price for book + $5.45 additional shipping charge):

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$34.99

Deliver 2 to 4 days Priority Mail $40.44 ($34.99 list price for book + $5.45 additional shipping charge).
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