Murphy Henry – The Murphy Method: Beginning Banjo Vol. 1
May 18 2014
If you’ve never played banjo before, this is the place to start! We teach you all the basics of Scruggs-style three-finger bluegrass banjo picking. No tablature is used, Murphy believes that tablature is a crutch that interferes with learning to play bluegrass. Develop your ear as you learn to play.
Each song is explained note-by-note, so that it is easy and quick to learn. As the tunes are learned, the ear is also developed so that learning gets easier as the lessons go. Learning by ear is the first step in learning to play with other people. It’s easy the Murphy Method way!
It is for beginners or early intermediates. Her method is unique, other videos teach a song, but Murphy teaches you a song and teaches you the banjo. If you learn from here you will not only be able to play the songs, you will be able to IMPROVISE. No other material teaches that like her.
This is a wonderful start for the beginner interested in the Scruggs 3 finger (Dueling Banjos, Foggy Mountain Breakdown) style of playing. You learn from Murphy as folk learned from their elders for 3000 years…watch, and listen. The lack of tabs has the great advantage of training your ears as well as your fingers.
Murphy’s method uses absolutely no printed tab. She shows you note by note how to play real songs on the banjo. Although Murphy doesn’t lessons specifically teaching you the different rolls as a lot of beginning banjo material does, you learn them by actually using them in the context of a song rather than a rather boring drill or exercise. She also will include both fast and slow versions of the songs so you can hear what it should sound like up to normal tempo once you have it down and start working toward a faster speed. In Murphy’s words though “speed is not important while learning to play the banjo”. By this she means, learn to play accurately with correct timing and emphasis and the speed will come with experience.
While teaching you note by note, Murphy also brings your attention to different “standard” licks and series of notes that are re-used many times in other songs and encourages you to develop your ear skills as well. In fact she has a couple of courses specifically aimed at developing your improvisational skills. It is valuable that if at all possible you learn how to improvise and play without having to depend on note by note tab or demonstration, especially if you intend on jamming with others.
If you are just thinking about learning this wonderful instrument, or if you have tried and become discouraged with other methods you really should give this a try.
- Banjo in the Hollow
- Cripple Creek
- Cumberland Gap
- Foggy Mountain Breakdown
- John Hardy
Running time: 2 hours
Video: MPEG2 720×480 (4:3) 29.97fps 4000Kbps
Audio: AC3 48000Hz stereo 1536Kbps
Size: 4.3 Gb