As we promised in a previous post, here are the details about the banjo camp The Murphy Method is sponsoring September 25-28, 2008, in Ridgetop, Tenn. (just north of Nashville). Since this is the first time we have actually been involved in the organization of a camp, it is the first time we can really promise that the entire banjo curriculum will be taught 100% The Murphy Method way. Casey will be teaching the banjo class. Depending on the levels of the students who sign up we could cover topics from vamping, hearing chord changes, playing with other people, and learning a couple simple tunes all the way up to improvising and how to be a better jammer.
All instruments are offered—fiddle (Megan Lynch), mandolin (Andy Ball), guitar (Stephen Mougin), bass (Mike Anglin)—and those instructors are all great teachers, though not specifically Murphy Method teachers.
It’s a small camp, with a maximum enrollment of twenty students, so sign up early if you want to reserve your place. Since it takes place the weekend before the International Bluegrass Music Association convention in Nashville, we have a special deal that if you want to keep your on-site lodging through the convention week you can do so at no extra charge. That could be a big money-saver if you’ve been thinking about making the trip to the convention.
The camp will be held at Megan’s spacious house in the woods. Evenings will be occupied with bonfires, cookouts, s’mores, jamming, and playing cornhole (it’s not what you think!). Friday night there will be an instructor concert at Norm’s River Roadhouse in Nashville. Sunday morning will be a brunch-jam with as many of our pro-bluegrass-musician friends as we can round up. It will be an amazingly fun time…so come!