I've now had quite a few requests for the custom DVD lessons I'm offering and, having recorded five or six of them, I've discovered a few things. This is the first time I've taught students where I have absolutely no idea about their playing experience. They could have been playing for years and years, or they could have started a few months ago. Because of the I have to err on the side of explaining every single thing. When I know a student has been playing for a while, or I know they've been through the Beginning Banjo DVDs, I can say, "End the phrase with your tag lick," and I know that they know what I'm talking about. In these custom lessons, I have to explain every note of the tag lick in every single song, just in case they don't know it.
Even when recording the regular Murphy Method DVDs, we have a reasonable expectation that the students who are using the more advanced lessons have already covered the beginning lessons, and if they haven't we can tell them to go back and do, for instance, Jam Session Standards, before trying to tackle Advanced Earl. But people who request a lesson of one song, some of them fairly obscure, can't be told "Go back and do the entire Misfits DVD before you learn this."
But, it's kinda cool seeing the songs that people request, and it's good practice for me learning them (if necessary) and teaching them. I bet some of them will end up on our regular DVDs in the future. So, thanks to all of you who have and will ask for custom lessons for contributing to ongoing cirriculum development at The Murphy Method!