Frailing Banjo

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Explore The Art of Frailing Banjo

Frailing is a down-picking approach to making music with the five-string banjo.

In frailing banjo we strike down on the banjo strings with our middle fingernail and pluck downwards with our thumb. While this may seem counterintuitive at first glance, frailing is an extremely powerful and expressive way to make music. The frailing technique allows a banjo player to play melody, rhythm and harmony all at once.

This web site is hosted by Pik-Ware Publishing. Pik-Ware shares the art of frailing banjo through books, videos, private instruction, workshops and even a daily live webcast. We also build wonderful five-string banjos.

Learn To Frail with Patrick & Dear Old Dad

A free YouTube series that offers a comprehensive view on the art of frailing banjo. From the very basics to advanced techniques, this workshop covers everuthing you need to get started.


2017 Folk Musicians Retreat!

Join us for an amazing weekend of music June 16-18 at the Maryland Folk Musicians Retreat. Jamming, workshops, fellowship and fun in a beautiful setting.

Somerset Piccolo!

The little banjo with a BIG voice! The Somerset Piccolo is a tiny, playable and affordable five-string banjo you can take anywhere. Coming soon from Somerset Banjos!

Lessons with Patrick and Dear Old Dad!

You can now schedule one-on-one lessons with Patrick and Dear Old Dad through Skype.



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