Long known for their successful banjo instructional efforts, The Murphy Method has announced their first ever mandolin camp this year, set to run September 23-25 in Winchester, VA.
The company is the brainchild of Murphy Henry, a banjo teacher who started producing audio tapes some years ago to help teach her students memorize new solos and tunes by ear, rather than from printed music. Her audio instruction eventually moved to video tape, and more recently to DVD. It’s a family affair these days, with husband Red manning the cameras, and daughter, Casey, doing some of the teaching as well.
The Henrys are keeping it in the family with the mandolin camp, which will be taught by their son, Nashville picker Chris Henry, who performs with Peter Rowan.
The Chris Henry Mandolin Camp will be hosted at the Courtyard Marriott in Winchester the weekend prior to the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass convention in Raleigh, NC. The date was chosen to make it convenient for potential registrants who may be planning on making that trip the following week. Come early to northern Virginia and pick some mandolin would seem to be their call.
Mandolin students at all levels are welcome. Murphy will teach the very beginners, while Chris teaches the intermediate and advanced players. Emphasis will be on learning new material and jamming.
Tuition for the weekend camp is $700, which includes accommodations at the hotel and breakfast/lunch on Saturday and Sunday. Full details, including prerequisites, can be found online.