Merry Blacksmith 1

Merry Blacksmith 1


  1. What a treasure trove of lessons! I'm looking for the tab for The Merry Blacksmith on this site. Any tips? All the best, Matt.

    1. Hi Matt,

      Good to hear from you and thank you for your interest in David's lessons.

      I contacted David about your search for the tab for The Merry Blacksmith and this was his reply:

      "My Nephew Mark made that video, and I'm quite sure there would have been no tab involved when we filmed it. Sorry about that one".

      All the best,


    2. Hi Bill!
      Thanks for your efforts, anyway. I do appreciate it. All the best, Matt.


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In 2009, at the age of 60, I decided to learn to play the 5-string banjo. I searched the internet for lessons and struck gold when I found David Cavage's free banjo lessons at His video hosting site was having some serious problems at the time so I downloaded as many of the lessons as I could whenever they became available. stopped operating shortly afterwards and, sadly, is no more. I contacted David early 2020 and he told me he no longer had the original master videos and feared they may have been lost forever. This amazing course of free banjo lessons, from absolute beginner to advanced player, is too good to be forgotten, so this is my attempt to get David's work back out there again so that he can teach, inspire and spread the joy of banjo pickin' to more generations of budding musicians, just like he did with me. I've rounded up all the Moose stuff I could find and put it here, so start pickin' and enjoy!-------MooseHerder.