Update: Harmonica Jam in Alexandria, Va!

Tuesday 2/08/2014 2:30 PM
Patrick will not be there
He is on the way to the hospital

He asks that if you are planning to go that you go

He is in very bad shape
Prayer needed as never before
Both for him and the doctors
We got to find out what the heck is happening

More later

Peace to all,
Pat Costello (Dear Old Dad)

Order Amid Chaos

Don writes:

Question: How do I find your instructions in lesson sequence. For example I see Dear Ole Dads first lesson on the banjo, but can’t locate subsequent lessons. I found one lesson associated with the How and Tao, but again can’t seem to find them in sequence. Any suggestions for an ole man?

You can follow the complete workshop series from Old Time Banjo with Pat & Patrick with on YouTube:

You can also find the lessons on the Internet Archive – with tab files.

Frailing Banjo Techniques can be found in its entirety on YouTube:

Everything else is kind of scattered. There are 500+ videos on YouTube and probably twice that many workshops in various media on the Internet Archive.  You can find links to some individual works like online books on our how-to page: http://www.dailyfrail.com/how-to/

Basic Frailing Banjo and Frailing The Blues were uploaded in their entirety to the Internet Archive, but something happened to the files over the years. I haven’t had the time or inclination to go through the upload process again.

You can order some of our workshops on DVD at Pik-Ware.com.

Hope this helps.

God bless,

The State of the Art

The World Wide Web turned 25 the other day. Dear Old Dad and I have been teaching and creating on the Web for over fifteen years now.

Since February 2008 our YouTube channel has been accessed 3,675,995 times. Frailing Banjo Lesson One has been viewed 542,694 – and that is not counting the Internet Archive or DVD sales.

When we recorded Old Time Banjo with Pat & Patrick in 2001 there was not a lot of instructional material for frailing banjo, and what was available focused on a single note melodic style that nine times out of then just flat-out does not work. Before we turned on the cameras most teaching videos focused more on the artist performing than explaining anything. We decided to put our egos aside and focus on the lesson.

I think it worked pretty well.

Once we started creating lessons and posting them on the web the next natural step was for all of you to take the basic skill set and start creating music.

This is just a small portion of what people have sent us, but I think it illustrates the creative diversity that is happening with the craft.

I think it is safe to say that the craft of frailing banjo is growing and thriving. My father and I are so proud of you, and we can’t wait to see and hear what you come up with over the next fifteen years!