The Murphy Method is a way of teaching bluegrass music by ear. The Murphy Method uses no tablature in the teaching because they believe that tablature is a crutch that interferes with learning to play bluegrass. They explain each song note-by-note, so that it is easy and quick to learn. As you learn these tunes, you are also developing your ear, so that the learning actually gets easier as you go along! Learning by ear is the first step in learning to play with other people.