Note (3/7/15):
Earlier this year, a publisher in India decided to begin printing bootleg copies of The How and the Tao of Old Time Banjo. Thankfully, a lot of people spoke out and the bootleg was taken off Amazon. The trouble is, I have no way of preventing this from happening again. As a precautionary measure I have closed my account. This move has taken a lot of our old workshops offline, but we still have the master files. as time allows we will rebuild the online offerings.

My father and I have been teaching folk music on the Internet since the late 1990’s. Some of the material has been lost over the years because we never thought that anybody would want to see or hear what we were doing in 1998.

We were so much older then, we’re younger than that now.

Anyway, here is a collection of our old books, essays, podcasts and videos that have managed to stay online over the years.




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3 thoughts on “How-To

  1. Pat,

    Where can I get info/instructions as to how to adjust the string action on a Recording King OT-25 using the lower coordinator rod? The guys at RK have not been very helpful in this matter. Thanks very much.

    P.S. Love your work on YouTube – UR a great and humanistic teacher.

  2. Good afternoon Patrick,

    Several months ago I stumbled onto a group of about 26 or 27 practice tabs that you published.

    I downloaded them with the best of intensions of practicing them to improve my playing .

    In the process of moving, I have lost lesson 1 thru 6. I have tried to relocate them with out success.

    Would you please help me to locate them so that I can print out the lost tabs???

    Thanks a million.

    78 years old and still trying !

    • That was probably part of the files in my Internet Archive account. I closed that account a while back when pirated copies of my books started popping up. I have no idea when or if I will have the time to sort that stuff out let alone make any of it available again.

      You still have a lot of stuff that is available. The How and the Tao of Old Time Banjo is still out there along with the YouTube videos.


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