Hi, I’m Pat.
Welcome to my steel guitar lessons website, where you will learn how to play in steel guitar fashion (dobro or weissenborn) with a song-focused approach.
WHY IS THIS SITE SONG-FOCUSED? Because although theory is important (and so is technique, scales etc.), you should never forget to ENJOY YOURSELF when you’re learning an instrument and best way to do that is to LEARN SONGS!
If you’re getting started on the dobro, I’ve designed a FREE (to-be-completed) dobro beginner course where you will learn the basics of this instrument. From there, you can either dig deeper with my new intermediate series or start learning my own arrangements of classic songs or transcriptions of famous dobro tunes.
I also have a whole section of this site all about open D tuning and weissenborn (which you can also tackle using a dobro or lap steel tuned to open D 🙂 )
Ready? Start learning now! No fancy equipment needed, just grab your instrument and let’s have fun playing our favorite tunes 🙂
What people say about www.learningwithpat.com :"I recently started to play dobro and found Pat's lessons on YouTube. His lessons are clear and well explained.
I also went through technical issues on my iPad (not enough space) and Pat has helped me until everything was fixed.
Thank you!"Ed Hamstra - Amsterdam, HollandMarch 2017
What people say about www.learningwithpat.com :"I am really excited to find Pat's lessons. He's an excellent teacher and his music choices are really fun. There can never be enough dobro options in the world!
Recently I ordered a lesson and had problems downloading it in my rural Alaskan town (slow ISP). Pat responded to my problem very quickly and worked hard to solve the problem. Thank you, Pat!"Artemis BonaDea - Gustavus, AKMarch 2017
What people say about www.learningwithpat.com :"I am studying resonator and weissenborn guitar online and Pat's lessons, tablature and performance tracks are some of the best I have found.
I like Pat's attention to the little details of learning how to play the song, and his gentle patient presentation. He has been very responsive to my emails and questions.
Happy Student :)"Doug McBrierty - Huntingtown, MDMarch 2017
What people say about www.learningwithpat.com :"I have found Pat's method of teaching to be straightforward and easy to follow. If you want to learn very nice arrangements for solo guitar work, these are some of the best I've been able to find on the Internet. Keep them coming Pat, I'll send you a few ideas for some tunes that would work very well with your unique playing style. A lot of what is learned in these lessons can be applied to your own improvising."Bob Thomas - CanadaFeb. 2017
What people say about www.learningwithpat.com :"Purchased Pat's lessons and was having trouble downloading. He was quick to respond to my problems and assist in me getting the download to work. Have reviewed the information and am now trying them on my Dobro, his instructions are great! At age (somewhere between 60 and the grave), who says with the proper instructions you can't teach an old dog new tricks? Thanks Pat for your patience and instructions!"Bobby Eudy - NC, USAJan. 2017
What people say about www.learningwithpat.com :"I took a look at Pat's dobro program and I have to say it's very comprehensive. Great for us new to the instrument.
Pat shows a very methodical way to learn, and it doesn't seem overwhelming where you feel panicky trying to keep up. The progress I'm making is good, it's encouraging. Thanks a bunch Pat, I'll certainly be back for another lesson."Mike McDonald - RI, USAJan. 2017
What people say about www.learningwithpat.com :"Good information, especially for beginners like me. I made more progress with Pat than any other online teacher of the Dobro.
Highly recommend his videos."Trina Ballantyne - Auckland, New ZealandDec. 2016
What people say about www.learningwithpat.com :"Pat's lessons are very well done, easy to follow and well-paced. His arrangements are simple enough for a beginning lap-slide player to master but still complex enough to sound lovely."Becky Johnson - B.C., CanadaDec. 2016
What people say about www.learningwithpat.com :"Pat does a fabulous job with his lessons, very clear with explanation and demonstration. The audio and video are excellent as well.
I recently purchased some lessons for Weissenborn style guitar. The way the lessons are set up, I found it easier than expected to make good progress right away!
Pat is also very patient not only with his instruction but also his interaction with me on the lessons I purchased. Out here in the wilds of Washington State we still have lousy internet so I wasn't able to do the downloads at home. He very patiently and with much courtesy worked with me so a friend in Seattle could download them for me.
Thank you Pat!"Jonathan Scherer - Stehekin, WADec. 2016
What people say about www.learningwithpat.com :"These are the only lessons that I learn something from...Pat's style of teaching is great and understandable unlike others who are at times confusing. The one good teaching site for both the dobro and the weissenborn on line in my opinion. Keep them coming, Pat!"Mel Chamberlain - U.K.Nov. 2016
What people say about www.learningwithpat.com :"If you are looking for dobro lessons then look no further than learning with Pat. The lessons are crystal clear and everything explained in great detail. The picture quality is fantastic and Pat obviously cares a lot about what he does.
Living in Scotland, it is not easy to find anyone who teaches dobro and after trawling the internet for lessons I have finally found what I am looking for. In just two lessons my playing has improved already.
Keep them coming Pat, I am looking forward to future lessons! Thanks again!"Graham Robertson - Motherwell, ScotlandOct. 2016
What people say about www.learningwithpat.com :"I found with Pat all that I expected to start playing the dobro. The lessons are clear and relevant. You feel that Pat wants to help you learn and he does it in a very natural and positive way. Pat also responds quickly when needed. I bought the "Amazing Grace" lesson which allowed me to learn smoothly. Now I really want to tackle something more punchy, such as "Freight Train".
Go for it! you will not be disappointed :)"Arnaud R. - Bordeaux, FranceSep. 2016
What people say about www.learningwithpat.com :"As a beginning Weissenborn player I'm excited to start my lessons with Pat. His videos are excellent and his arrangements beautiful, clear and concise. I'm starting with "Time After Time" and then will jump into "Freight Train"."Stew L. - Colorado Springs, COJune 2016
What people say about www.learningwithpat.com :"I recently purchased the tab and tracks to Josh Graves signature song "Fireball" and this is the most accurate transcription I have heard.
Highly recommend Pat's lessons to anyone wanting to learn the Dobro."William P. - NC, USAJune 2016
What people say about www.learningwithpat.com :"All of Pat's videos are spot on. I really like how you break down counting the rhythms and your other video offerings with basic fundamental music theory.
Quite often teachers provide video or online instructions at a pace that is too fast for the beginner. I would recommend your videos to any beginner or beginner/intermediate."Dave Falk - Royal Oak, MIMay 2016
What people say about www.learningwithpat.com :"As a newcomer to the Weissenborn I am really enjoying Pat's learning materials.
High quality video and sound, straightforward to follow and a personable teacher. Very reasonably priced too.
Thanks Pat, keep them coming!"Alan Quinn - UKMay 2016
What people say about www.learningwithpat.com :"As a Weissenborn enthusiast I was surprised and delighted when I purchased Pat's lesson for "Time After Time" in open d tuning. His lessons are great value for money and offer concise structured instructions delivered in professional and friendly manner. I will be undoubtedly be coming back "time after time" 😊
Aron Radford - Weissenborn recording artist and administrator of "The Weissenborn Information Exchange"
http://www.theweissenborninformationexchange.com/home-page.html"Aron Radford - UKMay 2016
What people say about www.learningwithpat.com :"I can only speak as a 67 years old beginner, Pat is great, his lessons are to the point and fully understandable. He does not show off with a bunch of hot licks and things you can not grasp as a beginner. He has helped me more than anyone! thanks!"Allen B. - Indianapolis, INApril 2016
What people say about www.learningwithpat.com :"I whole heartedly and unreservedly recommend Pat's lessons for all levels of square neck / lap style steel guitar students, including folks beyond beginner level who want to learn specific songs, some of the music theory we all reluctantly have to learn, and much more. The pace of the lessons is good even for beginners. The tablature included in each lesson is very helpful. The backing tracks to practice along with are invaluable for those of us who do not have an infinitely patient backing band to play behind us as we learn the chords and scales. Thank you, Pat, for advancing my knowledge and chops!"Mark T. - Cleveland, OHMarch 2016
What people say about www.learningwithpat.com :"Have just finished learning Pat's arrangement of "Amazing Grace". It's such a wonderful tune with lots of different arrangements available, but none to match this one, in my opinion. The relaxed approach, but superb tone & playing style, that Pat brings to his lesson, makes learning a pleasure. I found it both simple & challenging. A slow arrangement with fairly simple right hand picking, but a real challenge to achieve precise intonation & allow the tune to rise to its potential. To me, these are the most enjoyable tunes to practice, & I just love to put the backing track Pat provides into a loop, & get lost in the melody as I try to get the tone & feeling it deserves. I know this will help me in my journey to become a better dobro player. Thanks Pat!"Stan Bond - Indianapolis, INFeb. 2016
What people say about www.learningwithpat.com :"I've tried video instruction from many teachers and often found them more discouraging and sleep inducing than helpful. I like the way you break your instruction down by measures and allow the user to advance at their own pace. Moreover, as an instructor, you're patient and totally unpretentious which makes learning from you a lot easier regardless of the student's performance level."Paul Harris - Greensboro, NCFeb. 2016
What people say about www.learningwithpat.com :"I would highly recommend Pat's Dobro lessons. I have learned very quickly by watching and absorbing Pat's methods and techniques. His presentation and style of explaining proper instructions is easy to understand and grasp. The video and camera angles are very sharp and clear, which makes it easier to follow along. The tablature and jam tracks provided with each lesson are very useful and professional. Very polished, a great musician and teacher that wants to help you learn!
I look forward to many more lessons!
Keep up the great work!"Irene Kaiser - Grand Rapids, MIFeb. 2016
What people say about www.learningwithpat.com :"After watching a sample of Pat's work on Resohangout, I was persuaded to purchase a pkg. arrangement of Amazing Grace, the popular Gospel song that is well loved and often played. Pat's version is additive to the overall simplicity and beauty of its reverent quality. It was available in both a simpler and buildup arrangement and comes with detailed measure by measure, highly visual. video instruction. I encourage both the beginner and intermediate player to give Pat's teaching material, a shot, as his products are affordable and complete. Although I don't personally know Pat, he seems to be a down to earth fellow who will work with you if there is a download problem due to the size of the files as Dropbox links are an available option should file resume be necessary due to slow servers as was my case."-best regards for a successful teaching venture- Jerry HouseJan. 2016
What people say about www.learningwithpat.com :"I have met Pat a few years ago, when he hired me as a drummer in his band called Melodic Murmur.
For many years I have wanted to learn guitar, and playing with him made me want to go for it.
During all my life as a musician, I have never met anyone so inspiring.
Pat knows a lot about music, he has a deep understanding of what it all is, and he loves to transmit his knowledge.
Above all, he can teach you how to learn.
That’s what he’s done for me.
I’ve had the privilege to have him as a face to face teacher for three years, and he’s made of me the guitarist I am today.
Pat, I do love you, keep up the good work with LWP !"Richard G. - FranceJan. 2016