Elizabeth Cotten was born today in 1893. She was, along with Peggy Seeger, the first person to show me anything about the banjo.
Music Mondays in Marion, Maryland will resume January 7 at Christ Fellowship Bible Church.
I am really excited about this informal gathering. While Dear Old Dad and I are part of this shindig, other experienced musicians are also involved. That’s not all! Music students are sharing what they know. I love seeing kids helping each other discover the joy of music!
The format is simple. We split up into groups for teaching and sharing. Then we all come together to jam.
Music Monday features informal lessons in banjo, guitar, harmonica, ukulele, bass and more. Come on out to learn, teach, share and jam.
Great fun and fellowship! Call 410-968-3873 for details.
Last year neurological issues made it difficult for me to type.
I handled the situation the way I usually do; I adapted. I dropped off social media and turned my attention to writing. The keyboard was out so I started writing my next book longhand, with paper and pencils.
Now it is 2019. My book is coming close to completion and I have made a little bit of progress with the neurological issues. I think it is safe to dip my toe into the murky water of social media.I Have set up new Facebook and Twitter accounts today. As things progress I will be posting more information on the upcoming book and other cool folk music projects we have in the works.
I am proud of the progress my mom is making with her web site. Be sure to visit misstrudy.com for recipes, craft projects, poetry and her insights into early childhood development.
We have a ton of exciting music and mayhem in the works for the year ahead. I can’t wait to get started!
I am finishing up the fourteenth chapter of my book in process.
When Amy died in September I found myself at a loss for words. It wasn’t writers block, it just hurt to remember. When I married Amy I made her my true north. I thought all of the adventures were just steps that led me into her arms. Without her I questioned everything. Lost with a broken compass.
On Monday night I worked with adults getting started on the guitar, while all around me kids were teaching each other ukulele and a young boy learned the basic frailing strum faster than anybody we have ever encountered.
The young banjo student doesn’t have a banjo. His dad is serving in the Navy right now. On the ride home my father and I talked about helping the young man get a banjo of his own. We laughed over some of the trouble I got into when I was the same age, and for the first time in a while the memories did not hurt quite as bad.
I am never going to get over Amy. The good and the bad, the bitter and the sweet, are carved in me all the way down to the bone. I will, however, find a way to keep working. To use the good and the hurt and transform it into words and music as I have always done.
I will have Chapter Fourteen up for our Patreon sponsors soon. Thank you all for your patience.
Pooka wants to come with us to Music Night!
Last night we reached another milestone when we passed five million views on YouTube.
Five million plays on YouTube. The number boggles the mind.
Our top ten most popular videos:
- 10: Old Time Banjo – Part Two
- 9: Folk Guitar Lesson One
- 8: Frailing The Blues Lesson One
- 7: Blue Frail – Bluegrass rhythms for frailing banjo
- 6: How To Play Cripple Creek
- 5: Old Time Banjo – Part One
- 4: Basic Frailing
- 3: Frailing Banjo Lesson Two
- 2: How to play 6-string Banjo!
- 1: How To Play Frailing Banjo
Some of our shared experiences on YouTube have been life-altering.
Other YouTube moments were . . . welll . . .
Through it all we have been sharing a message of love, joy, simplicity and creativity.
Here’s to the next five million views! And the millions after that!
Dear Old Dad answers a question on playing and singing.
While the banjo has been getting all of the attention here lately, my first musical love was the guitar. Our YouTube channel is named after my Dobro 33H guitar.
We are working on new guitar content that will instruct and inspire in the same fashion that I was taught.
This is a huge undertaking, so we will not be launching our initial workshops for a while – but we will get there. Until then, have your resophonic guitars tuned up and ready to boogie!
Playing my favorite guitar. I love that my autographed picture from Killer Klowns From Outer Space is reflected in the guitar along with the Maryland state flag and a picture of my Dear Old Dad.
I couldn’t sleep last night, so I sat down and finished the eleventh chapter of my book-in-progress.
Dear Old Dad will read it today or tomorrow. Then I will scan the handwritten pages and post them for our Patreon sponsors.
I have to admit, it feels good to continue making progress in spite of my recent health issues.