Introduction 1 Part I: Getting Started with Bluegrass Banjo 5 Chapter 1: Bluegrass Music and the Banjo 7 Chapter 2: Finding the Perfect Bluegrass Banjo and Getting the Gear You Need 19 Chapter 3: Hitting the Ground Running: Tuning, Reading Music, and Making Chords 35 Chapter 4: Fretting and Picking 49 Part II: Let's Roll! Scruggs ]Style Banjo Essentials 69 Chapter 5: Picking Techniques: Roll Patterns 71 Chapter 6: Fretting Techniques and Putting the Hands Together 89 Chapter 7: Getting Bona Fide: Playing Licks and Classic Tunes 109 Chapter 8: Working Up Your Own Scruggs ]Style Solos 137 Part III: Playing in the Band: Backup Essentials 167 Chapter 9: Getting Started: Playing Down ]the ]Neck Backup 169 Chapter 10: Taking It Higher: Playing Up ]the ]Neck Backup 183 Part IV: Progressive Banjo: Melodic and Single-String Styles 207 Chapter 11: Melodic ]Style Banjo 209 Chapter 12: Single ]String Banjo 229 Part V: Keeping Your Banjo in Top Shape 245 Chapter 13: Setup Essentials: Getting the Best Sound from Your Banjo 247 Chapter 14: All Strings Considered: Choosing and Changing Strings 259 Part VI: The Part of Tens 273 Chapter 15: Ten (Or So) Groundbreaking Bluegrass Banjo Players 275 Chapter 16: Ten Strategies to Make You a Better Player (Right Now!) 281 Part VII: Appendixes 287 Appendix A: A Guide to Chords, Notes, and Major Scales 289 Appendix B: Audio Tracks and Video Clips 299 Index 311
Bill Evans has helped thousands of people to play the five-string banjo through his instructional workshops, music camps, DVDs, books, and recordings. He has performed on stages all over the world, his recordings have topped folk and bluegrass charts, and he has mentored many of today's top young professional players. Bill shares the shortcuts and secrets he has developed in more than 35 years of teaching to help all banjo players sound their best.