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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 is accepting students of all levels for one-on-one lessons online via Zoom or at his home studio in Alto, New Mexico. A professional player for over forty-five years, Bill has spent a lifetime learning and sharing knowledge with such bluegrass banjo masters as Sonny Osborne, J. D. Crowe, Alan Munde, Tony Trischka, Bill Keith and Ben Eldridge. Bill is the author of “Bluegrass Banjo For Dummies,” “The Parking Lot Picker's Songbook: Banjo Edition” and “Absolute Beginners - Banjo” and he has produced ten instructional video projects for Homespun Music, the Murphy Method and AcuTab Publications. In addition, he hosts four online instructional courses for Peghead Nation ( and he has taught at hundreds of banjo and music camps all over the world, including hosting his own workshops and camps in California, Tennessee and New Mexico. He has literally helped thousands of people of all ages find joy in playing the banjo, with students of all ages who live all over the world.

Bill Evans Bill's professional students include a new generation of banjo masters: Chris Pandolfi (The Infamous Stringdusters), Wes Corbett (The Sam Bush Band) 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'll first learn good right- and left-hand playing techniques including roll patterns, chords, first tunes (like “Cripple Creek” and “Cumberland Gap”) and the accompaniment skills you'll need to play with others in a beginner's jam session. You'll then move on to Scruggs, melodic and single-string styles with intermediate and advanced students studying back-up and playing in bands, working up solos and improvisation, playing in different keys, fingerboard explorations, learning J. D. Crowe style-banjo, music theory (only when needed!), repertoire and banjo maintenance and set up. Lessons are geared to each student's individual needs and goals. Bill will take you where you want to go! Detailed and clear tablature accompanies almost all lessons on all topics.

Lessons are $90 per hour and are payable via Venmo (preferred), Zelle, credit card, PayPal or personal check.

Bill invites students to his Alto, New Mexico home for longer or multi-day intensive sessions. Lodging is available next door at Bill and Babi's charming, custom casita with views of the Capitan Mountains. For more information, contact Bill at 510-520-7005 or .

Peghead Nation Online Instruction

Bill Evans Bluegrass Banjo Bill teaches four online courses for Peghead Nation: Each lesson includes accurate and detailed tablature with email feedback to answer your questions. There are over 100 full-length video lessons + tab in Bill’s Bluegrass Banjo Course for intermediate to advanced students and Bill’s courses on Earl Scruggs and melodic and single-string banjo offer very deep dives into these topics, including material for the experienced player. Bill invites you to join him for The Banjo of J. D. Crowe, a new live workshop series beginning January 18, 2023.

Use the coupon code BillE to explore any single Bill Evans Peghead Nation course for a free month.


Kristin Scott Benson teaching
Kristin Scott Benson teaching at the
2022 New Mexico Banjo Camp
Bill and his wife Babi have been hosting weekend banjo camps at the Black Range Lodge in Kingston since 2019 and in 2023 they will hold two camps on successive weekends on April 6-9 (with Bill, Alan Munde, Riley Baugus and a teacher TBA) and April 13-16 (with Bill, Tony Trischka, Alan Munde and teacher TBA). After teaching at hundreds of camps all over the world over the past twenty-five years, Bill has created a perfect learning environment designed for all banjo students above true beginners based on what works best for students.

Camp size is small, with no more than thirty students each weekend with open time in the schedule to allow students to absorb what they’ve learned in morning classes and interact one-on-one with Bill's world-class teaching staff. The emphasis is finding more joy in playing the banjo in a low-pressure, relaxing and fun learning environment designed around sessions to meet individual students’ needs and goals. Add to this the beauty of the Gila Mountains in southern New Mexico in spring and the healthy and delicious food and comfortable Southwest-style bed and breakfast accommodations of the Black Range Lodge and you’ve got the best banjo camp experience in the world. Visit to learn more.

Pete Wernick, Bill Evans & Alan Munde
2022 New Mexico Banjo Camp group shot with
Pete Wernick, Bill Evans & Alan Munde


Bill is the author of Banjo For Dummies, Bluegrass Banjo For Dummies and Parking Lot Picker’s Songbook: Banjo Edition and co-hosts Harmony Singing Made Easy for the Murphy Method. All of these are available in Bill's webstore. In addition, Bill hosts four video instructional courses for Homespun Music, including Bluegrass Banjo Favorites, Licks-ercises Vol. 1 Scruggs Style, Licks-ercises Vol. 2 Melodic and Single-String Styles and A Bluegrass Banjo Christmas.

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