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)
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.
John form Pennsylvania showed up at our door unexpectedly the other night. He wound up getting a quick banjo workshop out on the front porch with Dear Old Dad, and even managed to catch the sunset at Janes Island before he was back on the road.
It really was a nice surprise visit!
He snapped this selfie with Dear Old Dad and myself before he hit the road. It was nice to get a copy. We have done a lot of slefie-style photographs with folks at workshops, but I hardly ever get a copy of the picture for myself!