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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 Albany in the East Bay. A professional player for over twenty 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 and Bill Keith.

Bill Evans and students in a banjo workshopOpen to all levels of players including beginners, Bill's lessons first emphasize proper right- and left-hand techniques and mastering the skills you'll need to play in a jam session or with a band. Other topics include Scruggs, melodic and single-string styles, back-up and playing with others, music theory, repertoire and banjo maintenance and set-up. Lessons are geared to each student's individual needs. Longer sessions are available for students traveling from out of the Bay Area. Even just one or two sessions could radically speed your progress on the instrument! Lessons are $75 per hour. The frequency of lessons is up to the individual student. For more information contact Bill at 510-528-1924; or e-mail Bill at .

Albany is located just north of Berkeley, close to I-80 and I-580. Bill offers pick up and drop off service from the El Cerrito Plaza BART station.

Bill has taught literally thousands of students from all over the world, both privately and at such events as the Midwest Banjo Camp, Lansing, MI; Banjo Camp North, Groton, MA; the California Bluegrass Association's Jam Camp, Grass Valley, CA; the American Banjo Camp, Fort Flagler, WA; South Plains College's Camp Bluegrass, Levelland, TX; Sore Fingers Bluegrass Week in England; Roanoke Bluegrass Weekend, Roanoke, VA and the Smoky Mountain Banjo Academy, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Banjo for DummiesBesides being the author of Banjo For Dummies, the most popular banjo instructional book in the world, he is also a regular columnist for Banjo Newsletter magazine, the co-author of Mel Bay's Parking Lot Pickers Songbook: Banjo Edition and he has produced five instructional DVD projects for AcuTab Publications.


Bill's group workshops are open to all levels of players and cover such topics as proper right and left hand techniques, back-up, Scruggs, melodic and single-string styles, composing and improvisation, playing in other keys, banjo set-up and developing effective practice strategies. 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 and Bill Keith. His workshop presentation condenses the inside information he's learned along the way in a manner which will help all players raise their level of music-making as well as think about the banjo in new ways. Tablature is presented for all musical examples. Audio and video taping is encouraged.

One, two or multi-day workshop options are available. If you are interested in bringing Bill to your city for a group workshop, you can contact him at or by phoning 510-528-1924 (Pacific Time Zone).


Bill Evans with banjos greats Sonny Osborne and J.D. CroweBill hosts his own fall banjo camp with Sonny Osborne, the NashCamp Fall Banjo Retreat. The 2010 retreat was held near Nashville, TN with guest instructors Tony Trischka, Bill Emerson and Ned Luberecki along with banjo set up expert Frank Neat and banjo legend Sonny Osborne. The setting for this event is Camp Maymount, located southwest of Nashville, and catered by Nashville's Mad Platter, a world class gourmet restaurant.

Bill has participated in virtually every major bluegrass banjo event and instructional camp in the world, including the American Banjo Camp, Fort Flagler, WA (2003-5, 2007-08); Sore Fingers Bluegrass Week (2005, 2009); the Bath Banjo Festival, Bath, England (2003); Steve Kaufman's Acoustic Kamp in Maryville, TN (2002, 2009); Banjo Camp North in Groton, MA (2001-6, 2008, 2010); Camp Bluegrass in Levelland, TX (1999, 2000, 2005-6, 2008-10); the Maryland Banjo Academy (2000, 2001); the Augusta Heritage Center's Bluegrass Week in Elkins, WV (1997-99, 2001); NashCamp in Cumberland Furnace, TN (1999-2001, 2006, 2008); the Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass for Beginners Camp in Victorville, CA (2002); the California Bluegrass Association's Jam Camp in Grass Valley (2001, 2003-10); the Smoky Mountain Banjo Academy in Pigeon Forge, TN (2005-6), AcuTab's Roanoke Bluegrass Weekend in Roanoke, VA (2005) and the SPBGMA Banjo Workshop in Nashville (1998, 2001, 2005).


Bill co-edited "The Banjo of J.D. Crowe" book for AcuTab publications and co-produced "The Banjo of Sonny Osborne" instructional video for Homespun Tapes. In addition, he is one of the featured players in the Mel Bay Classic Banjo Solos book and CD set (formerly Banjo 2000). His three critically acclaimed and best selling instructional videos for AcuTab Publications, Power Pickin' Vol. 1: Up The Neck Back-up for Bluegrass Banjo and Power Pickin' Vol. 3: Playing Banjo Backup in a Bluegrass Band, and Bluegrass Banjo Master Class: Power Picking Vol. 4 along with all of Bill's CDs and other materials, including the Mel Bay songbook collection Parking Lot Pickers Songbook, are available at the Bill Evans Banjo Store.

For the last twelve years, Bill has regularly contributed to Banjo Newsletter magazine. His monthly "Off the Record" column is one of this publication's most popular features.


Tablature for Clarinet Polka & Goodbye Liza Jane (this a .pdf file, you need Adobe Acrobat to read it. Click on the button below to download it for free).

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