Hey Patrick, followed your advice last night and just went for it. Grabbed my banjo and strolled down to the local pub to meet up with a talented irish man and his guitar. We hadn’t planned to just play out in the open but we did. Luckily he had a great registry of songs so I just tagged along, gave a bit of banjo backing and everybody joined in. I was always worried of not being able to stick to chord patterns and rhythms in public and despite making a great number of mistakes it seemed to flow pretty well. It’s unusual in the south if France to just have sessions like this so I was pretty chuffed to see that our ‘music’ even kept the sound off from the big Soccer match in the background! All in all this is just a big cheers to you for making the banjo so accessible to the rest of us and allowing us to join in these memorable moments. Cheers!
Jack here at McMurdo Station in Antarctica. I didn’t quite make it to the South Pole again this year but decided to a summer here at McMurdo Station. I have been here a little over 3 months so far. I was in the gear issue room they have here and low and behold there sat 7 new Goldtone banjos in there boxes just sitting there not being used I decided to do something about it and will have beginner Clawhammer class on Wednesday nights. I will be using most of your teaching videos and parts of the How and Tao of old time banjo book. I figure if I can do it others can. I am not the greatest player. But like you said when playing a song there are no real mistakes. Just wanted to let you both know you brought some joy into my life every time I pick up a banjo and so I hope I can pass that on also.
Thanks so much for all the work you two do. The one attachment is something I made up and I am trying to make it so I can play it on the banjo. It’s from the song Dead skunk in the middle of the road. But made it here for McMurdo.
From the far far far cold south.
Dear Old Dad scanned the article for me. You can read it here: http://www.dailyfrail.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/book.pdf
Being cheered on by my family and friends back home is just one of the many things I have to be thankful for this year.
My vintage Vega twelve inch tubaphone tenor banjo is on its way to California for conversion to a five string. I can’t wait to get this into Patrick’s hands. The old neck will be carefully put away along with the resonator so that the conversion can be reversed should the need arise. I wish that this old girl could talk. The stories would be amazing.
In other news.
I now (with Patrick’s prodding) have a Facebook account. I haven’t been this confused since I tried to rebuild the carburetor on my ’57 Chevy a long time ago. I will play around with the technology and if I don’t launch a rocket or disable a satellite it may be fun. Maybe this old dog has a few new tricks to learn.
Lots of neat stuff coming from Pik-Ware. Patrick will be updating as we gird our loins for a very busy 2014.
Be kind to one another
Peace to all,
Pat Costello (Dear Old Dad)