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!

Patrick’s Creative Commons Banjo and Guitar Library

When we posted our first banjo workshops back in 1997 people were dumbfounded. Teaching for free?

We quickly began helping people drag banjos and guitars out of closets. Our large following led to new opportunities.

In 2003 I accidentally wrote The How and the Tao of Old Time Banjo. That was wild. I was a writer. Dear Old Dad was a pretty good editor. We opened our own publishing company: Pik-Ware Publishing.

In 2004 I made The How and the Tao of Old Time Banjo freely available under a Creative Commons license and suddenly it seemed like everybody wanted to play the banjo.

We still sell our books here at but we also continue to make our work freely available so that the joy of homemade music remains accessible to everyone.



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!

B&O Freight Line

Eric writes:

Hello Patrick.
Looking forward to meeting you and Dad at the MD Folk Musicians retreat ! Thought you’d enjoy this original tune I put together “B&O Freight Line”. It’s adapted from Bukka Whites “”The Panama Special”. Different picking and note choices I put together and wrote new lyrics since I live by a lot of the historic parts of the B&O railroad. Plus I love trains and songs about trains.

This is played by a section of the tracks in the Patapsco river valley on location.

Tuning is open D.

Thought it would cheer you up since you’ve been having some health issues lately.


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.

Workshops at the 2018 Maryland Folk Musicians Retreat!

Here is a list of the workshops currently scheduled for The Maryland Folk Musicians Retreat.

Feel free to suggest a topic or volunteer to share something.
Times will be posted at the retreat.


  • Banjo and harp
  • Frailing the blues and slide
  • Frailing bluegrass
  • Banjo meditation
  • Playing and singing
  • Photography walk with Patrick

Dear Old Dad:

  • One on one sessions with folks who need a bit of help

Rich Carty:

  • Hammered dulcimer workshop/demonstration

Mary Carty:

  • Native American basket weaving ($10.00 for materials)
  • Lap dulcimer

Sarah Baxter:

  • Fiddle

Pete Glaze:

  • Songwriting and singing
  • Guitar tricks
  • The host of Saturday Open Mic

Jared Denhard:

  • Early (minstrel) Banjo
  • Mountain Dulcimer
  • Ukulele

Lowell Jacobs:

  • Banjo set up and building tips
  • The host of the Banjo Building Round Table Discussion

Joe and Rosa Hopkins:

  • Gospel singing
  • General joy!

Diana Wagner:

  • Jumping into a jam sessionThe host of
  • Friday Evening Hootenanny
  • Lots of folk music stuff

Guy and Karen Stinson:

  • Country oldies on guitar and banjo

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:


The Daily Frail is back in action and I am having a lot of fun.

When I came home in 2014 I was as sick as I have ever been, and I was not sure if I would ever get back to my old self. It feels so good to be back in action and the show of support on Patreon has been a real boost.

As exercises on The Daily Frail become more complicated you can find tab on our Patreon blog.

Here is a link to today’s Patreon post:

We have set our Patreon at the super low price of $1.00 so that it is easy for anybody to take part. You do not have to take part to access the videos of the tab files. Like Utah Phillips, I want to make a living, not a killing.

We do have some events in the works the will be exclusive to our subscribers. Stay tuned to this blog and our Patreon page for more information.

Sing the Banjo! returns next week. Folk Guitar begins soon Joy!