Dragonfly Creek

Dear Patrick,

I can’t thank you enough for opening up the world of music for me through your straightforward, accessible teaching and your playful, encouraging attitude toward making music our own. I tried to teach myself guitar for years to no avail, and I’d even built myself simpler instruments such as cigar-box guitars to help my learning process by reducing the variables I’d need to deal with as I learned. While the cigar-box simplification did help with learning rhythm and chord progressions, nothing really clicked until I stumbled across one of your videos. Having received an old tenor banjo from a friend who had moved on to mandolin, I was looking for guidance on what to do with the unfamiliar instrument, and thankfully found your instructional stream on YouTube. Once I’d heard the one-man-band ear magic possible with a 5-string banjo played in the frailing style, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one.

My wife and I live in Korea, but we return home to the United States most summers to visit family; this past September of 2014 a spanking new banjo came back in the overhead compartment with us, and it’s been my daily companion since.

All I’ve ever wanted from music is the chance to speak it like a language- to just pick up an instrument and play it without necessarily needing to memorize someone else’s tune. Thanks to your lessons, I feel like I’m making progress toward that. Your instructional videos have literally given me a new voice, and I feel I am finally able to move the music I hear in my head out into the world. The feeling is indescribable, and I will forever be grateful.

I’ve recorded four of my original tunes as a thank-you note and posted them to SoundCloud. Here’s a link to the playlist:


Here’s to you and Dear Old Dad, Patrick; long may you keep making music.

All the best,

James Knaack

New book going to press (or) You ain’t seen nothing yet!

Patrick Costello On Frailing Banjo
Book One
The Mechanics of Frailing Banjo

We will be sending the first book in the series to our printer this weekend.
The web-enhanced material is just about complete.
The new website is almost ready.

These books include an unprecedented level of support through all volumes.
Patrick will be right there with you page by page and song by song explaining, demonstrating and encouraging you to play the banjo!

Here is a peek at the front and back covers

More later
Peace to all,
Pat Costello (Dear Old Dad) (and damn proud of it)

Cover for The Mechanics of Frailing Banjo

Cover for The Mechanics of Frailing Banjo

The Podcast That Needs A Name – Episode Eleven

Join Patrick and Dear Old Dad as they discuss the 1972 made for television horror epic Gargoyles, read another weird recipe from a country music legend and play their trademark mix of great music from all over the place.

Foggy Mountain Fakedown

I love seeing this.

I know that it seems hard to imagine now, but not too long ago people were convinced that it was impossible to play bluegrass tunes using the technique of frailing.

People talked about doing it and some professionals pretended to do it, but nobody was really making it work until I posted my first Foggy Mountain Fakedown workshop.

Now it is everywhere. Banjo students of all levels rip through the song and nobody blinks. What had been a song exclusive to fingerpicking banjo technique is now a frailing standard.

I am not ashamed of being proud about that.

Frailing Guitar

Hi Patrick, I hope all is well with you and yours. I’ve been watching your videos and spending time here on the daily frail for about a year and a half and want to thank you for the inspiration and passion about music you and DOD give out for free. You are a great teacher and your happiness is infectious.

I have been messing round with frailing on a guitar for a few months now in open tunings and I don’t know why I didn’t try standard tuning until recently but it seems to work with certain styles of songs.Here is my version of a Shakey Graves song ,please excuse the playing the voice and the guitar they are all pretty shoddy :). Thanks again