The response to our free Skype lessons has been just wonderful.
I am scheduling every day and even some weekends.
Lots of new friends and pickers from around the USA, Canada, England and Scotland so far.
It is a real pleasure to give folks a leg up on our beloved banjo.
If you would like to join in just shoot me an email with your telephone number.
Be sure to let me know what you would like to cover.
I will call to set up a Skype session.
Peace to all,
Pat Costello (Dear Old Dad)
Ubuntu 14.10, code-named Utopic Unicorn, was released today – just a few days after the Linux distribution’s tenth birthday.
I am downloading the ISO image for the Ubuntu Gnome release as I write this. Joy!
I think every folk musician should become at least a little bit comfortable working with Linux. Why? Because Linux is the software equivalent of a folk song. Something free and beautiful built a bit at a time by people just for the love of it – just like folk music.
The How and the Tao of Old Time Banjo was reviewed on Amazon for the fifty-second time today – it is also worth pointing out that it was the 44th 5-star review.
This isn’t exactly a big deal in terms of my ego. I mean, come on, guys. You know me. I don’t base my self-worth on reviews or public opinion.
The truth is that reviews help us reach new banjo students and they help us sell books.
New students keep the craft going and book sales help us continue to produce workshops.
People ask me all the time what they can do to help us keep The Daily Frail going. Well, there are three things you can do:
- Make and share music in your community.
That is the most important thing. Just get out and keep the folk process going.
- Buy a book or video from us if you can.
If you can’t afford to buy anything that’s okay. The How and the Tao of Old Time Banjo will always be freely available.
- Write honest reviews.
Let people know how a book helped you. It is an easy way for you to assist us in reaching as many people as possible!
Now, if you did pick up your copy of The How and the Tao of Old Time Banjo from Amazon, be sure to visit Pik-Ware publishing and check out the book’s Companion CD as well as the video tutorials in our Thumb’s Up Sale.
Wow. 52 reviews on Amazon . . . It still boggles my mind that something I wrote to help kids in an after-school banjo club has grown into a book that has been read by people around the world for the last ten years.
Marion with her dad’s banjo.
Stan Jay, owner of Mandolin Brothers, passed away on Wednesday morning.
Mandolin Brothers was a special place. That’s where Dear Old Dad bought my beloved Dobro 33H . . . what a day that was.
You will be missed, Stan. Godspeed.
Here is an interview and shop tour we did with Stan back in 2000 for The Down Neck Gazette.