The galley for my next book arrived today. I still get a rush when I see one of my books in print for the first time.
The title of this book is Patrick Costello On Frailing Banjo Book One: The Mechanics of Frailing Banjo. As the title suggests, it is the first in a series of books that together form a complete method for learning and teaching frailing banjo.
In the pages of each volume in the series there will be a URL and password for a web page filled with media files featuring Dear Old Dad and myself walking the reader through the book.
We will be posting more information soon. We should be able to start taking pre-orders for Book One within the next two weeks.
There has been a screwup at Amazon and as a result The How and the Tao of Old Time Banjo is temporarily unavailable.
Fear not! We have plenty of copies here in Crisfield. You can order from Pik-Ware Publishing or call us at (410) 968-3873.
Don’t forget our world famous Learn To Frail Package! You can save $$$ and get a great collection of books and videos that will get you playing the banjo.
Patrick Costello On Frailing Banjo
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
Peace to all,
Pat Costello (Dear Old Dad) (and damn proud of it)
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.
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.