Murphy Method Intermediate Banjo Camp
March 24-26, 2017
Tuition: $700 (Includes lodging for Friday and Saturday nights and lunch on Saturday and Sunday)
To Register: Print this form and mail it back.
Join us for our seventh annual intermediate Murphy Method Banjo Camp, March 24-26, 2017, in Winchester, Virginia. A weekend of all banjo all the time is just what you need to kick your playing up to the next level! Our camp is different from any other camp you’ve gone to. It will be 100% Murphy Method instruction. We’ll do more playing, less talking, and the small class size will allow plenty of individual attention.
Murphy Henry and Casey Henry will be your instructors throughout the weekend. We will add a third instructor if needed to keep class sizes small. We will focus on making you a better, more rounded banjo player. In response to overwhelming student feedback we will focus on playing with other people and improving your jamming skills. Other topics will likely include: improvising, playing in C, and dealing with “off chords.” There will be lots and lots of playing.
We make our camps ones that WE would want to attend! Accordingly, the accommodations will be a private room at the Courtyard Marriott in Winchester. Our camp classes and activities will be held right at the hotel, and you will have access to the classrooms after hours for jamming.
300 Marriott Drive
Winchester, VA 22603
Friday and Saturday nights are included in your tuition. If you need to book extra nights the hotel has a Murphy Method rate ($90 + tax) if you ask for it.
The Thursday evening before camp (March 23) there will be an early-bird jam for those of you arriving that day.
Private lessons with Murphy are available befire camp if scheduled in advance.
If you have any questions at all or need more information please feel free to email Casey at email@example.com.
These songs are absolutely required:
Banjo In The Hollow (on Beginning Banjo Volume 1)
Boil Them Cabbage Down (on Banjo for Misfits)
Cripple Creek (on Beginning Banjo Volume 1)
I Saw The Light (on Banjo for Misfits) or Foggy Mountain Breakdown (on Beginning Banjo Vol. 1)
Blue Ridge Cabin Home (on Kickstart Your Jamming)
Bury Me Beneath The Willow (on Kickstart Your Jamming)
You must know your F shaped vamp chords and be able to vamp to the above tunes. (on Vamping: Beginning Banjo Backup)
Must be able to use the capo in A (two frets) and C (five frets) and vamp to songs there.
All the songs on Beginning Banjo Volume 1
All the songs on Banjo for Misfits
From Beginning Banjo Vol 2: All songs except "Salt Creek" and "Fireball Mail"
From Jam Session Standards: "Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms"
Improvising: The First Stage: First two songs or three songs
How serious are you about the pre-requisites?
We are serious about our “absolutely required” songs. We start our teaching from this point and we can't catch you up. If you don't know these songs you'll be behind from the start. Our camp works best if everyone is at about the same level and knows at least the same core body of songs. You’ll be able to participate more fully and easily if you can play most of the material under “highly recommended” as well, but these are not deal breakers. Vamping is a must. Being able to play the songs all the way through is a must. We don't care about "perfect," but you need to be able to recover from your mistakes and keep going. Being able to improvise even a little bit will help, but is not a must. We know you will be nervous about playing with others and in front of others and we will work on this. But we will NEVER push you to play a solo by yourself unless you want to.
Can my significant other come along?
Of course! If your non-banjo-playing partner wants to come along they are welcome. $50 will cover their lodging, breakfasts, and lunches for the weekend. If they play, too, they are welcome to bring their instrument and they can join in on the jamming! Here are some things they can do in the area while we are banjoing!
When should I arrive?
We’ll start class at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, so a Friday morning arrival is fine. If you want to come to the Early Bird Jam, you should arrive before 7:00 p.m. on Thursday evening. If you come in on Thursday night and want to stay in the same place you’ll be staying for the camp, that can be arranged separately with the hotel. They have a special Murphy Method rate ($90 + tax), so be sure to ask for that if you’re booking extra nights.
When should I leave?
Classes will end at noon on Sunday so you can plan for a mid-day departure. If you want to stay over Sunday night, that can also be arranged separately with the hotel.
What level player do I need to be to attend this camp?
This will be an intermediate level camp (see the pre-requisites and highly recommended DVDs). If you still have trouble playing straight through your tunes and have never tried to play with anyone else before, you might consider our Beginner Camp in October.
Will private lessons be available?
Murphy and Casey will be available for private lessons both before and after the camp. These should be arranged individually with them. (Murphy: firstname.lastname@example.org Casey: email@example.com)
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