Howing and Taoing

Great stuff is happening here in Crisfield. McCready Hospital has been able to help me handle my migraine headaches!

I am actually having pain-free days! It as disorienting as when they activated mu BAHA implant and I could hear my guitar for the first time.

Unfortunately, the headache is coming back tonight. I may need to go back in for another treatment tomorrow or Monday. It’s like learning to play the banjo. You take everything one step at a time and you keep going no matter what happens.

Headaches or broken frailing nails. It’s all the same. You keep on frailing.

I am putting my pain-free days to good use and I have started a little project. Nothing too complicated, but I could use a little help.

If you used my book The How and the Tao of Old Time Banjo to get started playing the banjo, please let me know. How did the book help? What worked? What didn’t? Your comments will help us a great deal, and may even end up on the cover of a future edition.

You can post your notes in the comments or email

Well, the headache is starting to kick into gear. I’m going to curl up with Pooka and some crappy movies.

God bless,

2 thoughts on “Howing and Taoing

  1. Bryan

    I’m just starting, but the methodical way it is laid out works well. I’m more of a visual learner, so seeing it done is as much a benefit as reading it. The hardest to grasp is the playing chords and matching that to the transitions in tunes. Especially in tunes you may not have played before or are familiar with.

  2. Thomas Chalmers

    Best banjo book by far, so easy to follow, although some of the later stuff is challenging, but once I master the basics I’ll take up the challenge. I now realise that only by spending time will I get better.


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