The Murphy Method is a way of teaching bluegrass by ear -- no tab. We sell DVDs and videos. We also give live, in-person lessons. We teach all the bluegrass instruments: banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, bass, Dobro, and ukulele. We're a family business. This blog is a place for the Murphy Method community of students to gather and keep in touch with what we're doing, new projects we're developing, and to have their questions answered and engage in a dialogue with our instructors.
Our blog has three contributors:
Murphy Henry: the namesake of the Method and head teacher and bottle washer (for her bottle tree, of course).
Red Henry: the co-founder of TMM and the one who takes care of the daily order-filling. Also the head tech and production person.
Casey Henry: daughter of the above. She does site admin and maintains the blog. Oh yeah, and teaches banjo.
Our products and more information about us can be found on our main website: murphymethod.com
THE MURPHY METHOD IS THE WAY TO GO FOR LEARNING BEGINNERS BANJO. NOVEMBER 2013 IS WHEN I FIRST ORDERED MY FIRST CD. BEGINNERS BANJO VOL1. IN LESS THAN TWO WEEKS I WAS PLAYING BANJO IN THE HOLLWO AND CRIPPLE CREEK. MURPHY HENRY TEACHS BY SHOWING AND EXPLAINING EACH STEP IN A SIMPLE MANNER. NOW I CAN TUNE MY BANJO BY EAR ALSO PLAY BANJO IN THE HOLLOW,CRIPPLE CREEK,CUMBERLAND GAP AND IM NOW LEARNING FOGGY MOUNTAIN BREAKDOWN…THANKS MURPHY FOR BEING SUCH A GREAT TEACHER. YOUR DVDS ARE LIKE HAVING YOU AS A PERSONAL TEACHER THAT COMES INTO MY HOME………….THANKS AGAIN..SENCERLEY RICKY EDISON OF BRYSON CITY N.C.
Your friend Jimmy Fee may be the Jimmy Fee that taught (or tried to teach) me the five string, back in Cincinnati Ohio, somewhere between 1958 and 1964 I think. He was playing at a bar on Vine Street, maybe 13th and Vine. He was from Kentucky. Crazily, I had a cassette tape of his tunes. I can’t find it, only the plastic case. I lost track of Jimmy when I moved to Toledo to take a job there. My memories are pretty strong, though. I hope it’s the same guy. How many Jimmy Fees can there be, from Kentucky, who played the banjo? So my questions are, is this the guy, and, is there any recorded music of his I can buy? Thank you so much for your time. Tom
I think I found my Jimmy Fee tunes. They are unidentified. Would you recognize his voice and style?
Does the Murpy Method banjo Tab have bold type melody notes?
We don’t use tab at all. We teach by ear–every note in every lick explained in the videos–so I guess the answer would be no.
I will be ordering the Murpy Method for Banjo this weekend. Sounds as if I’m missing out on some fun and exciting improvisational skills. Thanks for your reply.
As I promised on Banjo Hangout, we went to The Old Feed Store in Cobden IL last night to hear Chris Jones and the Night Drivers with their new banjo player, Gina Furtado Clowes. Martha said she teared up when Gina wowed the crowd with her first big break. So nice to see another lady banjo player! Hats off to The Night Drivers for choosing Gina. As her teacher, you would have been very proud! The house was packed, and many from the local music community were there. It was a great venue for her to make her second appearance with the group and the crowd was VERY supportive. I told her I would tell you I’d give her an A. (For what that’s worth :-). Also told her to ask you about your “camp buddies” Bill and Dennis (-:
I was recently at Camp Bluegrass with Bill leading the Baritone group and he mentioned this lesson DVD, I was going to get one while I was there but………..Forgot. Is this available for download
It sure is. Here is the link