Hot Pickin 57s Debut CD
Posted on October 18, 2017 . Comments are off

I’m currently playing all over Texas with the group, Hot Pickin 57s. I also frequently perform as a duo with the guitar/mandolin player from that group, Max Zimmet. Information about our group and new CD can be found here.

New Book! Banjo Trivia Guide
Posted on March 3, 2017 . Comments are off

The Banjo Trivia Guide is now available as an eBook on Kindle and Android devices and as an iBook for iOS devices. Click here to check it out. It is also available as a 192 page paperback book here.

The Twin Banjos! and Twin Mandolins! eBooks are now available in Kindle and Android versions in addition to the Apple iOS versions.

I’m averaging 12– 15 gigs a month all over Central Texas. Come on out, enjoy some great music and say howdy!

Brand New CD and New Banjo Book!
Posted on November 30, 2016 . Comments are off
New CD! Half Past Blue represents a return to the roots of my earliest days of guitar. Although all original tunes, you will hear the influences of many of my guitar heroes, such as B.B. King, Hank Snow, Nokie Edwards, Dickie Betts, and Carlos Santana. Hear samples on the product description page.
New Banjo Book! Advanced Repertoire for Bluegrass Banjo. This book presents many of my favorite tunes for players looking to “kick it up a notch.” A nice variety of tunes are included that will have you playing in minor and more challenging keys. Several of these are transcriptions from solos off my many CDs. 27 pages with practice CD. $9.95.
New YouTube Videos Abound! I have recently posted many new videos. Some are based on orginal songs. Click Here to take a trip down memory lane with my song, “Trippin’ with Carlos'” from the new CD Half Past Blue. Other videos are being created as instruction for playing particular songs on a specific instrument. Click Here to see the instructional videos for December’s song of the month, “Winter Wonderland.”
Check the Tabs/MP3s page every month for new free videos, tabs and MP3s. Click here to see my most recent email blast. Happy Holidays and Picking to All!
New iBook and Winter Jam Camp
Posted on November 23, 2014 . Comments are off

Bluegrass Banjo in 10 Easy Steps, my comprehensive start from scratch, step-by-step course of study that maximizes the use of interactive technology is now available for download. Photos enlarge to near life-size fingerings of both hands. Videos have closeups of both hands. There are hundreds of audio clips that demonstrate phrases and compete songs at various speeds. The interactive glossary of terms contains nearly 200 entries. You learn complete songs with backup parts, beginnings, endings and solos, all in a variety of keys. 192 pages. Available for iPads or Macs. After clicking the following Apple link, click “View in iBooks” (below the book cover icon) for complete details: Bluegrass Banjo in 10 Easy Steps – Eddie Collins

Hill Country Winter Acoustic Music Camp. Friday, January 9th – Sunday, January 11th, 2015. Kerrville, TX. I will specifically focus on flatpick guitar and banjo, joining Alan Munde, Steve Smith, Billy Bright and others. The camp is designed to provide instruction in improving your jamming skills. Structured jam classes will be offered for all levels of pickers including all the bluegrass instruments.