Update on the Banjo Blues Project

The Banjo Blues Project started on a good note. We raised the funds and I headed into a small studio run by an old friend with a happy heart.
Then things started going wrong. Rather than go into a blow-by-blow, the session ended with audio that was oversaturated with reverb and the video shoot for the DVD was a complete disaster. The engineer assured me that things could be smoothed out, so we paid for the time and then waited a few months to get the mastered product. What we got back was unusable.

It was heartbreaking to have such a huge financial and emotional setback to the project, but I rolled up my sleeves and started getting ready to start over again.

Then I got sick.
If you have been watching the comings and goings on Daily Frail for a while you probably already know that I have had some health issues. Eight major surgeries in something like a three-year period, along with some problems that came about because of the operations. Well, with all of that going on the doctors in Virginia started prescribing huge doses of pain medication. I kept getting sicker, the pain kept getting worse and the doses of meds got higher and higher.

This Spring I managed to get a buddy to drive me to Crisfield to see my folks. I was in really bad shape so Dear Old Dad got me an appointment to see my old family doctor. He looked me over and very sadly explained that I was hooked on the painkillers.

It was hard to hear, but rather than feel sorry for myself I got into a program here in Crisfield. I’m off the meds and now I am trying to get myself back in shape. I have lost a ton of weight and I am getting better every day.

It’s hard to be away from Amy, but I need the peace of the Eastern Shore in order to get well. My plan right now is to get the family business back on its feet, finish the Banjo Blues Project and get a little house here in Crisfield so that Amy and I can happily ever after on the shores of the Chesapeake.

Work will begin again soon on the Banjo Blues Project. I just have to get a little stronger. Don’t give up on me, we will make this happen!
Thank you all so much for your support and patience.

God bless,
Patrick Costello

Andy is Back!

The bad news: Andy Stokes in the UK had some trouble with his YouTube page and as a result accidentally deleted his account.

The good news: Andy is back with a new account! Whoo!

You can find his videos at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC80Ccyh-qDl784VowqUGnVw

For those of you who haven’t met Andy yet, he is a really interesting folk musician. I am a fan of his banjo playing, and I love to listen to him sing.

Glad to have you back, old buddy!

Reflections on a lesson with Dear Old Dad

Alex writes:

Hi there Pat and Patrick,

Many thanks for the lesson on Saturday, was really good to meet you in person and I have been practising hard since!

Would love to jam with you at some point over Skype if you really are up for that, I’ll try and get Jacqui along for it too (although I don’t really trust the technology!)

I’ve blogged about the lesson here in case you are interested: http://alexbondonno.wordpress.com/2014/11/04/lessons-in-music/

Thanks again so much!

Dear old Dad is still accepting students. Here is how you can join in on the fun:

  • Be certain that you want to frail. If you are happy paying to learn melody only fiddle tunes from tab sheets we can not help you
  • At the very least be sure to have worked through at least the first twenty one pages of The How and the Tao of Old Time Banjo. If you do not have a copy just click on the How-To at the top of the blog page.
  • A the very least have watched and worked a bit with Patrick’s Basic Frailing Techniques video . Again, it is available on our How-To page.
  • Have an idea of what you want. Think about what first attracted you to the banjo.
  • Be patient. There are no short cuts. Almost everything that you see Patrick do is based in the skillful application of the basic techniques.
  • Don’t sell yourself short. You can do this.
  • Call me at 410-968-3873 or email ask.patrick@gmail.com (be sure to include your phone number)