By the dropping of my thumb, Something frailing this way comes.

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Greetings from big sky country! I have been frailing for about 6 months now. Positively in love with the YouTube videos and website!  The daily frail with Patrick is now a big part of my day! Thank you! Anyhow, having trouble mastering the drop thumb technique. Any pointers? Follow up question: is drop thumbing truly necessary? Seems to this novice …

Oh my aching head

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On top of yesterdays news that I am fighting yet another ear infection  I also had to make a trip to see my neurologist because my headaches have been getting worse. To make a long story short, the medicines I had been taking were not doing the job anymore so he switched me to some new stuff including a comically frightening …

In with the old . . .

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Dear Old Dad called me today with the exciting news that he had not only found all of the DV tapes from our years running The Down Neck Gazette, but he had also found the master files for Old Time Banjo With Pat & Patrick. This means that we will finally, after more than thirteen years, be able to offer …

Come To Me

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Steve writes : Hi Patrick sorry to see that you are still having ear troubles. I pray that they will improve soon. Here’s a little love song I wrote with my wife in mind but also like a little prayer meditation.

callus love

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Hey Patrick; I’ve developed a wicked set of calluses on my left-hand fingertips. Sometimes when attempting to do pull-offs, the string gets caught on my callus and ruins the effect. Do you have any advice here? File off the calluses, quit playing till they go away (that’s NEVER happen! or something else? What do you do? Take care now, Emory …

song for Burns night

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James in Bristol writes, Hi Patrick, Just been running through a song ‘Auld Lang Syne’ for tomorrows Burns nights gig and made quick mp3 recording and word doc with chords lyrics. We are playing a few Scottish themed songs and this I believe was one of Robbie Burns poems put to music. (at least I won’t be singing alone) Auld …

Your own private How and Tao

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Dear Old Dad and I have a lot of irons in the fire right now. The Banjo Blues Project is coming together nicely, we are awaiting the first test printing of Four Seasons On Brick Kiln Road, we are waiting for the first prototype of the new Somerset County Banjo, gearing up for another season of Keys to the Highway, …

Cool Old Dude Sighting

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It is always nice to hear that there are still cool old dudes roaming the countryside. Cameron writes: Hi Patrick, Just wanted to let you know, I met a cool old guy at the park today on my afternoon walk.  He’s the first one I’ve found since I moved into this part of town.  He was playing guitar playing an …