Zoom Workshop Video Archive

Order here and I will send you a link to download the workshop video. (I can also put it on a DVD if you want. Just email me after you order to request it.) Please remember that I send all download links by hand--it is not automatic. I can usually get it to you within 24 hours, usually much sooner.

Fundamental Banjo Skills Zoom Workshop
This one-hour workshop reviews the basics for beginners, and refreshes them for intermediates. I share the tips and tricks that tend to come up in live lessons or workshops, but that aren't always included anywhere on the Muprhy Method DVDs. Everything from warmup rolls, tuning tips, practice advice, capoing techniques, left and right hand position, pick angle, and more. This one is pretty talky--not as much playing as I usually like in a workshop. But there is a lot of useful info here.

Fundamental Skills:
Price is $20.

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Jam Basics Zoom Workshop
In this workshop we play the beginning Murphy Method repertoire (tunes from New Beginning Banjo 1 and 2) and we cover the all-important details of what you need to do when jamming these tunes with others (or with a slow-jam video at home):

  • Attaching Endings
  • Transitioning into the vamping
  • Getting back into your break after vamping
  • What to do when a song is too fast
  • What to do if you don't know the song
Songs included:
  • Banjo In The Hollow
  • Boil Them Cabbage Down
  • Cripple Creek
  • Cumberland Gap
  • Blue Ridge Cabin Home
  • Foggy Mountain Breakdown
Essential info for beginners or evem more advanced players who haven't had jamming experience.

Jam Basics:
Price is $20.

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Intermediate Jamming Zoom Workshop
This one-hour workshop includes tunes from the Murphy Method beginning and intermediate lessons including:

  • Banjo In The Hollow
  • Foggy Mountain Breakdown
  • John Hardy
  • Old Joe Clark
  • Lonesome Road Blues
  • I Saw The Light

We focus specifically on getting back into the break on Old Joe Clark and Lonesome Road Blues since those two tend to be problematic for students, and coming back around for a second time through on John Hardy.

I'm assuming that you have had at least a little jamming experience, (even if it was just the Jam Basics workshop!), so we cover slightly more advanced issues like:

  • Using the tag lick to transition into your break
  • Whether to use pinches or pickup notes after the tag
  • To capo or not to capo
  • When to vamp and when to do rolling backup
  • What do I even mean by rolling backup?
  • Improvising

Intermediate Jamming:
Price is $20.

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