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Murphy Method

Posted by Mario Rimoldi on Thursday, August 18, 2011

After allot of scrambling around in the beginning with you tubes and different banjo tabs I finally settled down on the Murphy DVD's and then I started learning the songs in order which works great, right now I am on the 2nd DVD fireball Mail and I've used the Slow Jam DVD as well. My question is when it comes to Murphy Misfits DVD & Easy Songs for Banjo and even More Banjo Standards should you still learn the songs in order like you do on Beginning Banjo volumes 1&2. I know this is probably a dumb question but I'm bored at work!

7 comments on “Murphy Method”

Banjosnob Says:
Thursday, August 18, 2011 @12:39:14 PM

Why don't you send this to Casey Henry. She is on this site:

Texasbanjo Says:
Thursday, August 18, 2011 @2:17:12 PM

As I understand it, you should take it from volume 1 and not bounce around. Reason? Each CD/DVD teaches certain technkiques and if you jump around, you may find that you don't know how to do a certain technique. For instance, if you haven't learned to do a pull off yet and you jump around to songs that have lots of pull offs, you would not know how and it would be confusing and frustrating.

Same thing with beginner tab books -- don't jump around or you'll be getting ahead of yourself and have to go back and find out what you're supposed to do.

dgill Says:
Thursday, August 18, 2011 @3:30:46 PM

Try this out. Murphy explains how she would go through the DVD's if you are a beginner.
Just copy this and paste it into your browser.

banjodawg Says:
Thursday, August 18, 2011 @5:33:06 PM

I wound up doing some tunes out of order simply to learn them and perform them in public with friends. This is more difficult and sometimes you have to go learn some licks on earlier DVDs that you skipped. Stick to the recommended order if you can, but don't sweat it if you need to learn a tune that is further down the list. You can do it.

tkocason Says:
Friday, August 19, 2011 @10:57:18 AM

Yes, Murphy gives the recommended order, sometimes on a later teaching she will skip over a part quickly stating "we covered this extensively in the 1st DVD" (the tag lick for example).
I did it the wrong way at first, I didn't know anything about Murphy and saw her Advanced Earl DVD on ebay. Bought it and spent an agonizing month learning these advanced tunes, but she broke em down so good, I eventually learned them anyway. Then I got online and "wow" found she had a whole system starting at the beginning of all things.
I don't know if I should be admitting this or not....pretty ignorant at first.
But the point is she kept saying in the songs "now do the tag lick", and it took me forever to try and slow her down, etc. to learn this "tag lick" she kept talking about.
Of course, once I started at DVD #1, she taught the tag several times....duh, anyone knows what the tag lick is right?

Oalbrets Says:
Monday, August 22, 2011 @3:23:35 PM

Oh yeah, the good old Tag lick Ha Ha.

Tam_Zeb Says:
Monday, December 12, 2011 @4:11:34 AM

Hi Mario

I found that working through the tunes in the order that Murphy presents them on the DVD, seems to be the best way to go. You will often find that Murphy will teach you a lick on one tune/lesson then in the next tune/lesson she will expand or adapt that lick. Often when I have skipped a lesson I have had to go back to the previous one. As you get into the more advanced stuff Murphy will often refer you to back to a lesson.

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