"Music is a conversation, not a contest."

Chris Henry has certainly done his homework on Monroe style mandolin playing and is considered one of the top Monroe style players on the scene today. Chris also grew up making instructional videos for "The Murphy Method", a family business focused on teaching bluegrass music by ear. His video lessons therefor do not include any notation or tablature. If you are new to this way of learning, I encourage you to give it a try, even though it may seem harder at first. Listen carefully and watch his hands, then simply try to imitate what you see and hear on the screen. The video and audio quality of some of the videos included in this section are not up to todays standards. In some cases the audio is badly distorted. I feel that the content in these videos is so vital and accurate that it warrants the fuzzy picture and audio. Think of these video lesson a bit like Monroe's original recordings in that they are a little rough around the edges and a bit challenging, but if you put the time in and study them, you will sure get the reward. 

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Basic Bluegrass Mandolin Stage 1

Basic Bluegrass Mandolin Stage 2


Bluegrass Stomp

Chords With Rhythm Tracks

Come Hither To Go Yonder


Down The Road

Dusty Miller

Fair Play

Gold Rush

Helton Creek

I'll Fly Away

Jerusalem Ridge

Land Of Lincoln

Mighty Dark to Travel

Monroe Blues

My Last Days On Earth

Pentatonic Scales

Reading Pennsylvania Railroad

Road To Columbus


Slidey Arpeggios

Southern Flavor


Sailin' Shoes

Salt Creek

Staggered 16th's

Shenandoah Breakdown

Tennessee Blues

Texas Blue Bonnet

Trail Of Tears

Tom Dooley 

Your Love Is Like A Flower

36 Scale Exercises

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