Brad "Murph" Murphey
Brad Murphey has been performing for over 10 years and has toured all over the country in a variety of different musical settings. He's performed at many notable festivals such as Grey Fox and Rockygrass as well as performing with an endless array of some of the greatest musicians alive today, the likes of which include The Infamous Stringdusters, Crooked Still, members of the Punch Brothers, Leftover Salmon, Darol Anger, Matt Flinner, Richard Greene and many others.
"Murph" studied guitar in the late 90's at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago under the tutelage of the Czech guitar great, Slavek Hanzlik, as well as mandolinist Don Stiernberg and banjoist Greg Cahill. He loves to share his passion for making music to all ages and levels of students and has been teaching guitar for over 10 years.
He has been an endorsed artist for Elixir Guitar Strings for 8 years now and has been written about in notable music magazines such as Sing Out (calling him "Very tasteful!") and Bluegrass Now ("Flawless flatpicking").
Chris Thile, winner of the MacArthur Genius Grant, says this about Brad Murphey "a great lead guitarist..... and awesome rhythm player too!"
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Bonnie Sims (Only available on Tuesdays)
Performance and Education Background
I have been performing for 20 years, I started singing with my father from a young age and began playing guitar at 12 and mandolin at 14. I have played at venues such as Six flags over Texas in Arlington, Silver Dollar City in Branson, MO, Rockygrass 2009 with KC Groves and the Blue Maddies, and many local venues here in Colorado as well as in the Dallas/Ft Worth area where I grew up. I spent two years at South Plains College in Levelland, TX where I studied bluegrass, country, and western swing styles. I took private mandolin lessons from Joe Carr and bluegrass ensembles with Alan Munde. I also took private voice lessons with Rusty Hudleson and learned how to yodel. I was awarded Best Female Bluegrass Vocalist both years I attended that program (06, 07) and Best Female Bluegrass Instrumentalist the second year. I was also a member of the Pickin' On the Plains and Western Swing ensemble.
I really believe that music is all inclusive and like to encourage anyone who has a desire to be musical to do it. In saying that, I also like to allow the student's musical tastes to dictate what we learn and the speed at which we do it. Private lessons are the perfect environment for that and then you have ensembles where you can try out your musical ideas and practice playing well with others which is equally important. Harmony Music House will allow your musical vocabulary to grow.
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I have felt so many times that music is a friend that has never and will never abandon me. Once you have music, it's always with you.
I am from Colorado Springs, born and raised in a deeply musical family. My mother (who sings like an angel and plays guitar and piano) put a guitar in my hands when I could first hold one and has been singing to me since I was in the womb. I think my musical spark comes from those early moments and the early exposure to music that my mom and family gave me. Since that time I have had a colorful history with music: years of competitive choral singing; playing and recording with a pop Christian band; running music programs through an Easter Seals camp for kids and adults with an array of physical and mental disabilities and abilities; and, most recently, playing stages big and small around Colorado with my own original projects. Today, you can find me tucked away singing solo at a coffee shop or local open mic, singing and strumming in one of the many awesome pickin' circles in and around Boulder, or writing, playing, recording and performing with the awesome Monocle Band! monocleband.com
Through my own experience with music, I personally know how amazing and at times, challenging, it can be to find your voice. Whether it's on guitar, singing, or both, it's important to realize how music speaks through you, to play to your strengths, yet acknowledge your weaknesses and build from there. I can't wait to share my passion and knowledge to help you learn to sing, play Ukulele, or write songs!
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