Murphy Method Advanced Banjo Camp
April 5-7, 2019

Level: Advanced
Tuition: $750 (Includes lodging for Friday and Saturday nights and lunch on Saturday and Sunday)
To Register: Print this form and mail it back.

Tom AdamsJoin us for our second ever Murphy Method Advanced Banjo Camp, April 5-7, 2019, in Winchester, Virginia. This unique camp will focus on more advanced playing skills including (but not limited to): backup, fiddle backup, improvising, getting melody into your improvising, studying recordings by slowing them down, obscure tunes of Earl's, playing in C position, D position, 3/4 time, improvising up the neck, practice techniques, tone, timing, taste, attack, and cleaning up your playing. Everything will be taught BY EAR.

Casey HenryYour instructors will be Casey Henry and the great Tom Adams. (Who is he?) Murphy Method co-founder Murphy Henry will be on hand to lead jams, answer questions, and lend her glorious presence.

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.

Courtyard Marriott
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 ($95 + tax) if you ask for it.

The Thursday evening before camp there will be an early-bird jam for those of you arriving that day.

Private lessons are available before camp if scheduled in advance.

If you have any questions at all or need more information please feel free to email Casey at


All the songs on Beginning Banjo Volume 1/New Beginning Banjo 1
All the songs on Banjo for Misfits/New Beginning Banjo 2
All the songs on Beginning Banjo Vol 2/New Beginning Banjo 3
From Jam Session Standards: "Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms"
You must be able to vamp, have jam experience, be able to come in for your breaks smoothly, and be able to improvise. (Info on that found on Kickstart Your Jamming [very basic] and Improvising: The First Stage [more advanced])
You must be able to easily keep up with the tempos on our Slow Jam and Picking Up The Pace DVDs. If you can't keep up with Fast Jam yet, that's okay!

Tom Adams

Tom is an awesome banjo player, and teacher. He's been out of the spotlight a bit recently, but he's a three-time IBMA Banjo Player of the Year, he played with Jimmy Martin, the Johnson Mountain Boys, Blue Highway, the Lynn Morris Band. He played guitar with Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper, and even had a short-lived band called the Gooseneck Rockers that included Casey Henry on banjo and Marshall Wilborn on bass. These days he appears on banjo with Linda Lay and Springfield Exit and on guitar with Bill Emerson. He's hilarious and has MUCH banjo wisdom to share and we are super excited to have him at our camp.


How serious are you about the pre-requisites? 
We are pretty serious about them. If you are still working your way down this list, try our Intermediate camp first. 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 is a must. If your tempos are still slow you'll have trouble keeping up in class and in the jams.

Can my significant other come along? 
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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 ($95 + 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 advanced level camp (see the pre-requisites). If you still have trouble playing straight through your tunes and have never tried to play with anyone else before, even if you're playing some pretty hard tunes, you should try Intermediate Camp first.

Will private lessons be available?
Yes. Tom will be available for private lessons prior to and after camp. Those should be arranged with him directly.

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