Tue, Nov 7
Sat, Dec 9
Bluegrass Jam Class Level II w/Bill Evans
2020 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA, 94704
This event is all ages
Watch & Listen
Bluegrass Jam Class Level II
The most popular bluegrass jam class in the Bay Area is now being offered in two sections! While Level 1 (6:30 to 7:45 p.m.) is for those new to playing with others, the Level 2 section is designed for those who have already taken Bill’s class before or who already have experience playing with others in bluegrass jam sessions. If you’re ready to move beyond slow jamming to playing more challenging tunes at medium to medium-fast and actual performance tempos and learn more about bluegrass harmony singing, improvising instrumental solos, band dynamics and arrangements, this is the class for you!
Each class is always a bit different, depending upon the experience level of class participants. As in Level 1, we’ll cover how to follow a chord progression, how to kick off and end a song, how to use the capo and try out bluegrass harmony singing, while understanding the finer points of jam session etiquette. In this Level 2 section, we’ll also spend more time thinking about how to work up simple instrumental solos on the fly, play more challenging material in unusual keys and work on selected individual tunes more extensively, just as you might do in an actual band. Short weekly assignments, both playing and listening, will help us progress more quickly in this Level 2 section.
Pre-requisites: This class is for singers and for those who play bluegrass instruments (guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dobro and bass) and who already have some experience playing with others in jam sessions (slow jam experience is sufficient). Participants should know how to fret major and minor chords and be able to play basic bluegrass accompaniment patterns on their instrument. You’ll be challenged to play in a variety of keys in this class. Guitar and banjo players should also have familiarity with using a capo. If you’re a banjo, fiddle, mandolin or dobro player, you should be able to successfully play one or more tunes (but not necessarily up to speed).
Bill Evans is the author of "Banjo For Dummies” and “Bluegrass Banjo For Dummies,” two of the most popular banjo instructional books in the world, and is the co-author of "Parking Lot Pickers Songbook: Banjo Edition." He has taught literally thousands of players all over the world in a teaching career that spans over thirty-five years. Bill’s instruction is hands-on and practical – he wants you to get out there playing as soon as possible and have fun doing it! A well-known Freight performer, Bill has performed with David Bromberg, Bangers & Grass, Dry Branch Fire Squad, David Grisman, Peter Rowan, Jody Stecher, Laurie Lewis and Kathy Kallick, among many others. He has also taught ensemble classes at most every major bluegrass camp in the world, including the California Bluegrass Association Music Camps, the Walker Creek Music Camp, Sore Fingers Bluegrass week in England, Nimblefingers Bluegrass Camp in Canada, and Camp Bluegrass in Texas. You can learn more about Bill by visiting www.billevansbanjo.com. For more info about this class or to see if you're a good fit, feel free to email Bill directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 510-528-1924.
$130 Early Bird before 10/31/17/$140 Regular
This class begins on Tuesday, November 14th.