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“It's one thing to be a strong progressive banjo player; another to excel at the traditional end of the spectrum. To be able to add an indelible mark to the whole history of the instrument is getting ridiculous. High kudos to Bill Evans.” —Tony Trischka

“The banjoist has a world view shared by a precious few. It shows in the breadth of his own bluegrass playing and, especially, through his composing. Evans infuses his work with hints of jazz, classical and music of other realms, all fitting snuggly into his conception of the bluegrass sound. ” —David Royko, The Chicago Tribune



Bill Evans is accepting banjo students of all levels for private lessons in Richmond in the East Bay. A professional player for over thirty-five years, Bill has spent a lifetime learning and sharing knowledge one-on-one with such bluegrass banjo masters as Sonny Osborne, J. D. Crowe, Alan Munde, Tony Trischka, Bill Keith and Ben Eldridge.

Bill Evans and students in a banjo workshop Bill’s students include a new generation of banjo masters: Chris Pandolfi (The Infamous Stringdusters), Greg Liszt (Crooked Still & The Deadly Gentlemen), Jayme Stone, Wes Corbett and Erik Yates (Hot Buttered Rum). However, Bill equally enjoys teaching the adult learner who wants to just have fun playing with others in jam sessions and amateur bands.

Open to all levels of players including beginners, Bill’s lessons are practical and hands on. You first learn proper right- and left- hand playing techniques including roll patterns and chords and the accompaniment skills you’ll need to play with others in a beginner’s jam session. You’ll them move on to Scruggs, melodic and single-string styles, back-up and playing in bands, working up solos and improvisation, music theory (only when needed!), repertoire and banjo maintenance and set up. Lessons are geared to each student’s individual goals. Lessons are $80 per hour / $85 Skype or Facetime.

Longer sessions are available for those traveling from outside the San Francisco Bay Area. Even just one or two sessions can radically speed your progress on the banjo! Each student decides the frequency of the lessons. For more information, contact Bill at 510-520-7005 or email at .

Bill lives in Richmond, about five miles north of Berkeley but close to I-80.


Bill Evans with banjos greats Sonny Osborne and J.D. Crowe Bill hosts his own fall banjo camp with Sonny Osborne, the NashCamp Fall Banjo Camp. The setting for this camp is Camp Marymount, west of Nashville in Fairview, TN. Now in its thirteenth year, Bill assembles the best bluegrass banjo players in the world for an intimate and informal weekend catered by the Mad Platter, a well-known Nashville restaurant. Featured teachers have included Jens Kruger, J. D. Crowe, Tony Trischka, Bill Emerson, Kristin Scott Benson, Rob McCoury, Ron Block, Charlie Cushman, Alan Munde, Ned Luberecki, Pete Wernick and Tom Adams. Attendance is limited to sixty students and this event is often sold out in advance (info at

Bill has participated in virtually every bluegrass banjo event and instructional camp in the world, including the Midwest Banjo Camp, Michigan (2004-14); the American Banjo Camp, Fort Flagler, WA (2003-5, 2007-8, 2011-13); Sore Fingers Bluegrass Week, England (2005, 2009, 2013); Steve Kaufman's Acoustic Kamp in Maryville, TN (2002, 2009, 2013); Acoustic Music Camp in Arlington, TX (2014); Camp Bluegrass in Levelland, TX (1999, 2000, 2005-6, 2008-13); NashCamp in Fairview, TN (1999-2001, 2006, 2008-13); the California Bluegrass Association’s Music Camp in Grass Valley (2001, 2003-14); NimbleFingers Bluegrass Week, British Columbia, Canada (2009, 2011-12) and Bluegrass Camp Munich, Germany (2012-13).


Bill is the author of Banjo For Dummies, the most popular banjo book in the world. The new second edition of this book features online video and audio. He is also the co-author of Parking Lot Picker's Songbook: Banjo Edition, a best selling Mel Bay instructional book/CD set. Bill hosts six instructional DVDs for AcuTab Publications, Homespun Tapes and the Murphy Method. All of Bill’s books and DVDs are available at the Bill Evans Banjo Store.

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