Current YouTube Top 10

Dear Old Dad and I have ween posting on YouTube since 2006. As of today we have 678 videos available. Dear Old Dad has taken down or deleted a handful of videos filmed when I was fat, sick and nearly dead.

YouTube suggested that we pollute our videos with advertising. We did everything they said and more. In the end it felt like we only generated revenue for YouTube. Because of this we have shut down advertising on our channel.

In lieu of advertising we have set up a Patreon account. A $1.00 contribution will help us continue to teach and share the joy of folk music with the world.

One things we have noticed is that YouTube treats you better if you have a lot of subscribers. We currently have 13,354. Please click the subscribe button when you are watching one of our videos today. Every click takes us one step closer to being treated better by YouTube.

So what are you watching when you visit our channel? Here are the ten most-watched videos on our YouTube channel over the last 28 days:

I want to barge in here early and point out that videos are a great resource, but it can’t come close to sitting down with other musicians. Come to The Maryland Folk Musicians Retreat and experience music, art and fellowship up close and personal!

The Daily Frail 3/15/2018

Wrestling with full-chord hammers.

The tab for every new episode is posted on our Patreon blog:

Fret not. You do not have to contribute to access the tab file.
Also be sure to visit us at and we want YOU at the Maryland Folk Musicians Retreat!

Frailing Down Under

I recently received a request from a banjo player in Sydney, Australia. This person is looking for somebody or several somebodies to jam with.

If you are in the Sydney area looking for a jamming buddy, contact me and I’ll put you in contact with each other.

Australia is one of the few things left on my bucket list. Someday I’d like to ramble around visiting banjo players down under. Maybe hold a folk retreat. Someday.

In The Works . . .

The Daily Frail and the Patrick and Dear Old Dad Vidcast are starting a regular production schedule and our Patreon is growing day by day. This gives us time and resources to start working on new projects.

Here are just a few of the things we are working on:

Folk Guitar:
A weekly workshop with Patrick sharing insights and instruction on the techniques that come together as folk guitar.

Group Video Workshops:
We are setting up a weekly group video chat. This feature will be limited to our Patreon supporters. More information soon.

Book In Progress:
I have a new book in the works. This summer we will be making it available a chapter at a time to our Patreon supporters. In addition to reading the work first you will gain insight into the creative process behind The How and the Tao of Old Time Banjo and other much-loved music books.

This is only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. We have a lot of great stuff in the works, Your support on Patreon will go a long way towards helping us make it all happen!

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