I Was A Deaf Musician

I wrote an article for BuzzFeed!

Rather than ramble on here about it, I’ll just sent you to the article:


Writing this was an amazing experience. The folks at BuzzFeed were very kind and professional.

Here is a video of my first BAHA being activated:


My Carver Banjo is Here!

A few days ago I posted about the new banjo kit being crafted and sold by Brian Carver.


My finished Carver banjo arrived today and I am really impressed. This is an amazing little fretless banjo. The design is beautiful and the tone is really good.

I will be posting a video with my new banjo soon. I want to let the strings stretch out and give myself a day or two to explore what this instrument can do. In the meantime you can watch this video of Brian putting my banjo together.

be sure to visit the Carver Banjo web site: http://carverbanjos.com/

56th Review of The How & Tao!

The How and the Tao of Old TIme Banjo just got its 56th review on Amazon. I don’t like to brag, but I do think this is kind of cool.

In other news, the bootleg copy of The How & Tao is still for sale, but at this writing there are 11 comments warning customers to buy the real thing. Thank you!

In spite of the pirate copy, The How and the Tao of Old Time Banjo remains, and shall remain, freely available under a Creative Commons licence. http://clawhammervsfrailing.com/books/banjo-tao/tao.html

If you are looking to buy a copy of The How and the Tao of Old TIme Banjo be sure to check out our world famous Learn To Frail Package. For just 47.95 + shipping you get:

The Learn To Frail Package is only available from Pik-Ware Publishing:  http://funkyseagull.com/learn-to-frail.html

The Podcast That Needs A Name – Episode Four


This week we discuss the toothbrush of perpetual torment, Indian book pirates and Zen poetry while playing a great mix of music that merrily crosses genre boundaries.

Tracklist for Episode Four:

About The Podcast That Needs A Name:
Join acclaimed music instructors Patrick and Dear Old Dad for a rollicking tour through whatever music they happen to be enjoying this week. The Podcast With No Name features folk, country, bluegrass, rock, banjo tunes, old 78’s, weird recipes, poetry. stories from the road and a whole lot more. Think of it as small town radio, podcast style.

Contact us with requests. Send us music. Ask about advertising. (410) 968-3873 ask.patrick@gmail.com

How and Tao Bootleg

Isha Books is selling bootleg copies of The How and the Tao of old Time Banjo on Amazon.

The real Amazon page for The How and the Tao of Old Time Banjo:

The bootlegged edition Amazon page for The How and the Tao of Old Time Banjo:

The product description is . . . interesting.

It is the reproduction of the original edition published long back in black & white format . Hardcover with sewing binding with glossy laminated multi-Colour Dust Cover, Printed on high quality Paper, professionally processed without changing its contents.We found this book important for the readers who want to know about our old treasure so we brought it back to the shelves.

The company appears to be based in India.

I honestly do not know what to do. I still believe that making my work freely available to all is the right thing to do, but this has really thrown me for a loop.

Carver Kit Banjos

I was happily surprised to get a note this evening from Brian Carver. Some of you may remember I played one of Brian’s banjos in a workshop back in 2008.

It was great to hear from Brian, and it was really exciting to read about his new fretless banjo kit.

They are very simple in design, but still offer a few comforts, like the double ogee on the fingerboard that indicates the 5th, 7th and 12th fret positions. The kit includes everything needed to assemble a fully playable banjo. The only tool required is a hammer to tack on
the skin. The entire process takes about two hours. Made of hardwood birch plywood and still featuring the walnut handcarved pegs, nut and bridge, leather tailpiece and goat skin head like the “frame banjo” of old.

This sounds like a neat way to have a banjo that you put together with your own two hands.

You can learn more at http://carverbanjos.com/