Exploring Bluegrass Banjo with Alan Munde and Bill Evans

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Exploring Bluegrass Banjo with Alan Munde and Bill Evans

February 10 @ 3:00 pm 4:30 pm

The Handmade Music School presents: Exploring Bluegrass Banjo with Alan Munde and Bill Evans on Saturday, February 10th, 2024. Join us from 3-4:30pm at The Floyd Country Store prior to Bill and Alan’s evening concert. The cost is $40.

This workshop, open to all levels, will explore bluegrass banjo playing from the basics to more advanced concepts and attempt to answer questions and address the concerns of the class. Topics can include Scruggs rolls and how they work in creating solos, melodic banjo, music theory, jam survival skills, standard bluegrass licks and what they do, hand positions and wearing picks, using the capo banjo set up and more. The interests of the class will direct our time and your questions are encouraged. This will be a hands-on bring-your-banjo-and-let’s-pick style of session and provides a rare opportunity to get to know the music and techniques of these bluegrass banjo masters.

Alan Munde began his long career in bluegrass music with the 1968 recording of Poor Richard’s Almanac featuring Sam Bush and Wayne Stewart, followed by a traditional grounding in bluegrass music as a member of Jimmy Martin’s Sunny Mountain Boys. In 1972, Alan joined his college picking friend Byron Berline in the forward-leaning bluegrass group Country Gazette. Alan continued as the anchor of the group for 21 years. Along the way, he recorded many classic bluegrass banjo albums including Banjo Sandwich, and the Festival Favorites series. His most recent recording, Excelsior, is perhaps the most wide-ranging of his career, earning rave reviews from all over the world. Alan Munde is one of the most influential bluegrass banjo players of all time and this is his first East Coast concert tour in many years. To learn more, visit Alan Mundes Banjo College and check out this Freshgrass Foundation article.

Bill Evans has been involved with bluegrass music and the banjo for over forty-five years as a player, teacher, composer, writer and historian. Bill occupies a unique niche in the banjo world: he is celebrated worldwide for both his traditional and progressive bluegrass banjo styles and his innovative original compositions. He also enjoys a reputation as an outstanding instructor as well as being an expert player of 19th and early 20th century minstrel and classic banjo styles, informed by his training in American music history at UC Berkeley. He has recorded four critically acclaimed solo recordings, including Things Are Simple and The Banjo in America, a DVD/CD set covering music from the 1780s to the present day. He is the author of Banjo For Dummies and Bluegrass Banjo For Dummies and he also hosts five online instructional courses for Peghead Nation. Learn more about Bill here.


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Please note this workshop has a minimum number of participants and is subject to cancellation up to 24 hrs in advance.

$25.00 – $40.00

The Floyd Country Store

206 South Locust Street
Floyd, VA 24091 United States
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