Home

Spring Ahead Sale!

A great way to get started making music and save some cash!

Choose two books and one DVD for only $35.00 + FREE SHIPPING!

Order now!


The 2017 Maryland Folk Musicians Retreat is sold out!

This is shaping up to be the biggest event we have ever hosted. A weekend of music and fellowship on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Visit marylandfolk.com for more information.


Access 10 years of Patrick & Dear Old Dad’s YouTube videos!

Visit https://www.youtube.com/user/Dobro33H for more information!


Frailing is a down-picking approach to making music with the five-string banjo.

Frailing is a simple approach to making music. You can learn the techniques in an afternoon.

In a nutshell, frailing banjo is striking down on one or more strings with your fingernail. We create single notes and chord bushes with this downward motion. We also pluck strings with our thumb. Frailing requires no picking hand dexterity. It is an excellent technique for kids 8 to 80.
The How and the Tao of Old Time BanjoOn this website you will find instructional material to help you learn the art of frailing banjo. Books, DVD workshops and fun programs like The Daily Frail.

For beginners we recommend Patrick Costello’s The How and the Tao of Old Time Banjo. The book is available in several formats on the web. Sales of digital and print copies help us continue to offer free resources around the world.

Frailing banjo is a powerful approach to making music. In spite of – no, because of – its simplicity, frailing can adapts to any musical setting. From folk songs to fiddle tunes. Country blues to rock and roll. Frailing can do it all. It just takes practice.