Banjo Backup for Fiddle Tunes: Playing backup to a fiddle is one of the “funnest” things a banjo player can do! No pressure—you just hang around in the background doing simple roll patterns. But what rolls do you use? Casey and Murphy tell you (and show you) all about it in this brand new DVD. Did you know you could back up "Sally Goodwin" with just two licks? Sure you can! Of course, you can make it harder and they show you that, too. With these newly acquired skills--plus a few other licks--you are ready to back up "Turkey in the Straw", "Old Joe Clark", and "Leather Britches".
Fiddle champ Megan Lynch plays the fiddle parts and is now the Queen of Playing the Fiddle Slowly! She also joins Casey and Murphy for some up-tempo playing as they demonstrate the skills taught here on a variety of tunes including "Cherokee Shuffle" and "Sugar in the Gourd". Bonus footage includes Murphy and the Fabulous Fletcher Bright ripping through some amazing banjo and fiddle tunes as only two seasoned performers (and close friends) can. As always, everything is explained note-by-note and played v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y. No guesswork!
Sally Goodwin, Turkey in the Straw, Old Joe Clark, Leather Britches, and more, including bonus footage with Fletcher Bright. (99-minutes)
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Harmony Singing Made Easy teaches you to sing harmony by ear. Murphy and friends Bill Evans, Janet Beazley, and Chris Stuart join together to sing some beautiful trios and quartets. First you hear the three (or four) voices blending together, then you hear each harmony part sung separately. You learn your part by singing along with us.
We sing several songs in three different keys so no matter what your vocal range you can try your hand at singing the lead part. Sometimes the men (Bill, Chris) take the lead; sometimes the women (Murphy, Janet) take the lead. With three keys to choose from, you can also find a harmony part to suit your voice.
Along the way we offer some helpful hints such as “What key do I sing in?” “How do I find my harmony part?” and “How can I get a good blend?” At the very end Murphy and Bill break out their banjos for a rousing quartet version of "Over in the Gloryland." Very entertaining!
If you’ve been wondering how to sing harmony, we’ve made it as easy as possible. Or as we say in Virginia, “It’s as easy as pie.” Read even more details on our blog.
Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Bury Me Beneath the Willow, All the Good Times Are Past and Gone, Don’t This Road Look Rough and Rocky, Amazing Grace, Over in the Gloryland (1 hour, 46 minutes)
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Murphy's Flatpicking Guitar Custom Lesson Collection: Murphy recorded these lessons one-at-a-time for students who had requested these songs. Now we've collected them onto one disc. Since they are custom lessons they're recorded on Casey's computer and the technical quality is not as high as on our regular Murphy Method DVDs. But the lesson quality is the same! These breaks are taught The Murphy Method way: by ear, no tab. Every note is explained. This is a great follow-up to our Flatpicking Lead Guitar DVD.
These are all beginner-level flatpicking breaks.
Here's the song list:
(Sample clips below)
Red and Chris and the Winchester All-Stars: Cold Frosty Morning - This great new CD is hot off the press! Join Red and Chris and their friends Joe Herrmann, Marshall Wilborn, and David McLaughlin for a romp through 16 old-time tunes! These traditional dance numbers are guaranteed to get your feet patting!
Rock The Cradle, Jimmy In The Swamp, Old Molly Hare, Bonaparte Crossing The Rhine, Magpie, June Apple, Martha Campbell, Old Joe, Liberty, Year of Jubilo, Old Mother Flanagan, Yellow Rose Of Texas, Cowboy's Dream, Needle Case, Cold Frosty Morning, Red Wing
Chris Henry: Making My Way To You- Following his parents Red and Murphy Henry into the music business, Chris has found respect as one of the premiere up and coming artists of the 21st century. From steeping long in the great bluegrass tradition, to stretching out in more progressive ensembles like Shawn Camp, and Peter Rowan's bands, he has learned at the side of many masters and is coming into his own right as a songwriter and singer, as well as wielding impressive power on many stringed instruments.
Making My Way to You is a collection of new songs that draw from Chris's diverse musical background to take the listener on a journey from hard-driving traditional bluegrass, to more folky places with a healthy dose of country flavored Americana.
Fans will immediately notice the broad range of production that coalesces into a compelling collection of energy featuring the talents of Jason Carter on the fiddle, Smith Curry on pedal steel and Dobro, and Sarah Sellari on harmony vocals.
Every Day I'm Ridin', Making My Way To You, Nothing Left But The Blues, Where The River Flows, My Heart Is Welcome Here, I Keep Dreaming Of You, Time, Spirit Traveler, Incarceration, On This Mountain, Down, Robot Dreams, Gone, Medicine Man, Tears In My Eyes, As Long As You Have Love
To get the physical CD, use the order button to the left. To download the album or individuel tracks please visit Noise Trade or CD Baby or iTunes.
Beyond Vamping: Fancy Banjo Backup: Ho-hum. Yawn. Bored with vamping? Wish there was something you could do to spice things up? There is! This DVD starts off with a couple of simple vamp decorations and then moves on to those fancy backup licks you hear on record. We don’t just teach you the licks, we show you how to put them into songs. All taught note-for-note. Backup will never be boring again! No tab.
Many backup licks and full backup patterns to: I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes, Bury Me Beneath The Willow, Titanic, and Will The Roses Bloom. (These backup licks also fit many other songs with the same chord patterns.) (2 hours, 30 minutes)
"I started on your Backup Video last night. It is WONDERFUL and exactly what I need. I love the way you are teaching it. I have wanted to learn this material for so long. It had become SO TIRING just to vamp, even though I did learn to slide back and forth between the different positions." -Martha in Georgia
"By no means am I an expert. I got your DVD on Beyond Vamping and it has to be the world's greatest training video. Casey you outdid yourself. Thanks for making it easier to play the banjo. Every one should own it. So Thanks Again!" -Ron in Maryland
"Casey and Murphy…you have really done it this time!!! Got my Beyond Vamping: Fancy Banjo Backup DVD for Father’s Day. It is GREAT!!! It is exactly what I have been looking for…instruction on how to plug in back up licks. All the other books and DVDs are long on teaching the mechanics of playing licks while being very short on instruction as to where and how to put them into songs. While I have practiced most of these licks for a while, I have had limited success in actually using them in my playing or jamming. This DVD starts simple and immediately gives practical practice application with the play along and songs. It then builds into more complex licks I have been dying to learn and use. I have about 8-10 of your DVDs that have helped me immensely from playing by ear to learning individual songs. This DVD provides an important bridge in my banjo pursuit and I cannot recommended it highly enough, Thanks a bunch." -Jim (via the blog)
Pretty Good For A Girl: Women In Bluegrass -The first book devoted entirely to women in bluegrass, Pretty Good for a Girl documents the lives of more than seventy women whose vibrant contributions to the development of bluegrass have been, for the most part, overlooked.
Accessibly written and organized by decade, the book begins with Sally Ann Forrester, who played accordion and sang with Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys from 1943 to 1946, and continues into the present with artists such as Alison Krauss, Rhonda Vincent, and the Dixie Chicks. Drawing from extensive interviews, well-known banjoist Murphy Hicks Henry gives voice to women performers and innovators throughout bluegrass's history, including such pioneers as Bessie Lee Mauldin, Wilma Lee Cooper, and Roni and Donna Stoneman; family bands including the Lewises, Whites, and McLains; and later pathbreaking performers such as the Buffalo Gals and other all-girl bands, Laurie Lewis, Lynn Morris, Missy Raines, and many others.
Here is the blog that Murphy wrote about the book. Price includes shipping. (Book shipped via Media Mail.) All copies purchased from us will be autographed. If you would like it personalized, please put that in the "Comments" box at checkout.
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