Banjo and Chill

Banjo and guitar workshop playlists for binge-watching.

Old Time Banjo with Patrick and Dear Old Dad

I love the way my dad teaches. The original tab folder for this CD ROM video workshop (we did this just before DVD burners hit the market), but you can find tab for the songs in these workshops in The How and the Tao of Old Time Banjo and/or Crisfield Banjo Retreat Songbook

Patrick;s Guitar Stuff

A collection of folk and country blues guitar workshops.

Bottleneck Banjo

Break out the slide and get funky with the banjo!

Yet Another Milestone

We passed fourteen thousand subscribers on YouTube.

Right now the official numbers at this moment for the channel are 4,801,058
views and 14,002 subscribers.

We are still growing, learning and sharing the joy of folk music together. With each new video and each new subscriber we take another step closer to my goal of making the art of frailing banjo universal and accessible to all!

Workshops at the 2018 Maryland Folk Musicians Retreat

Dear Old Dad has posted the working draft of the workshop schedule for the 2018 Maryland Folk Musicians Retreat.

It is not complete, but it will give you an idea of the volume of activity and number of workshops at the Retreat.

Check it our on our Daily Frailers Facebook group or download it here.

Folk Retreat Bottleneck Banjo Workshop!

I am really excited about hosting a bottleneck banjo workshop at the 2018 Maryland Folk Musicians Retreat!

Will will be posting the place and time of the workshop once everybody arrives at the Retreat.

What you need to bring to the workshop:

  • Your banjo
  • A bottleneck or steel
  • An open mind and a can-do attitude!

You do not need to alter the setup of your banjo to play slide. I keep an extremely low action on all of my banjos and they all work great playing slide.

Shop around and try a few different types and styles of bottlenecks so that you can find the right slide for you and your banjo. Companies like DunlopErnie Ball and D’Addario make lots of different types and styles of slides at prices cheap enough that you could end up building a collection of different slides.

If you want a slide that doubles as a functional works of art, check out Diamond Bottlenecks, Rocky Mountain Slides or Silica Sound.

If you are playing lap-style, you may be more comfortable with a bullet slide or tone bar.

For myself, I like glass slides. When I first started playing slide banjo I used inexpensive medicine bottle replicas. Now I use an inexpensive heavy glass slide that is too big for my little finger but it sounds and feels so good to my ears . . . well, BAHA.

I really want to splurge and get myself one of those blown glass custom slides, but every time I go to order one I talk myself out of it. What I have works. Why mess with success?

Back to the workshop: in addition to a slide, you will get more out of our workshop time together if you already have a little bit of knowledge. Start out with my Frailing The Blues DVD and then work your way through the slide workshops that have been part of The Daily Frail for the past ten years or so.

I think slide is an amazing addition to any banjo player’s toolbox. While my main focus is on frailing banjo, any banjo player with a slide is welcome to take part in the workshop.

If you have any questions feel free to post in the comments, email me or call Dear Old Dad at (410) 968-3873.

I can’t wait to make music with you at the Maryland Folk Musicians Retreat!

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!

Read more about our Patreon page:

Maryland Folk Retreat Instructors

Dear Old Dad here with a link to the Folk Musicians’ Retreat instructor page.
Workshops on fiddle, songwriting, dulcimer, ukulele, banjo and more.

I am really looking forward to Jared’s early banjo class. He also teaches dulcimer and ukulele. A great instructor.

Diana will host a workshop to help folks get comfortable in a jam (a lot of requests for this one). She will also lead a hootenanny on Friday evening in the dining room.

Guy and Karen will help out with country singing and jamming.
Believe me, Guy is a country music jukebox.

Joe and Rosa will lead a gospel sing-along/jam. You’ll love these folks.

Sarah is a brilliant musician and a gifted teacher. Your fiddle will thank you for spending time with her.

Pete will host workshops in songwriting and singing. You’ll love his creative and entertaining style. I hope that he will again host our Saturday evening open mike.

Lowell will be on hand to answer questions about your banjo, instrument building and woodcarving. He will also have some of his favorite builds on display.

Patrick and I will be doing our thing in groups and one on one as needed.

Call me if you have an idea for a workshop

The 2018 Maryland Folk Musicians Retreat

My father and I have been hosting retreats on Maryland’s Eastern Shore for over ten years.

We first hosted the gatherings down the street from where we live in Crisfield Maryland. We loved having the event close to home, but the location was not ideal. We looked around a bit and found an amazing place for the event in Centreville, Maryland.

The Centreville location is a million times more comfortable than Crisfield. In fact, it is so comfortable that we are expanding the event for the 2018 Retreat!

The 2018 Maryland Folk Musicians Retreat offers several levels of accommodation. The Riverside Retreat Center, Faith House and camping.

The Riverside Retreat Center is downright luxurious. Hotel-style rooms with big comfortable beds. Rooms are double occupancy with private bathrooms. Linens and towels are provided.

The Riverside Retreat Center also has sunrooms with 24-hour beverage service. You room is only steps away from the workshop rooms and the dining room.

Lodging at the Riverside Retreat Center also includes chef-prepared meals. The food is wonderful. We can accommodate most dietary needs.

Dear Old Dad and I will be the first to admit that the Riverside Retreat Center is a bit expensive. Faith House is a more affordable alternative. Faith House offers informal dormitory-style housing with bunk beds. There are separate bath & shower facilities and a kitchen where you can prepare your own meals. There is plenty of space to jam and you are a short walk from the workshops.

Another alternative is the campground. Bring your family, set up your tent and make yourself at home. Camping is close to the Retreat Center, so you won’t miss out on any of the fun. Bath facilities are nearby.

If you are staying at Faith House or camping you have the option of purchasing a ticket for meals in the dining room.

All accommodations include access to every jam and workshop.

We recruit instructors who are passionate about teaching. This event is about the music you make. Nobody will talk down to you or be condescending. This is not a banjo camp. There are no celebrities. This is a musician’s retreat. We are gathering together in fellowship to make music in a beautiful setting.

People contact us saying they feel that they are not playing at a high enough level to take part. I always tell them to stop worrying and come to the Retreat. If you have never been to a jam session the Retreat is a great place to start. If you have been playing for years you will find something to challenge and inspire you.

The Maryland Folk Musicians Retreat. A wonderful weekend of music and fellowship accessible to all skill levels and budgets. Register today at http:/ or call (410) 968-3873. We can’t wait to make music with you!


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In related news, I will be interviewed on Jack Scrimshaw’s Route 66 show on The show airs every Thursday 2:00 to 4:00 PM Eastern time. Jack plays a great mix of mix of Americana, country, blues, bluegrass and old time music.

Sing the banjo! will return after the holidays.

God bless,