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.
Banjo Lesson Flyer
Dead Truck Lyrics
The Crisfield-Somermerset County Times did a nice little write-up about Four Seasons on Brick Kiln Road.
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.
Getting Quinoa the Hedgehog spruced up for Thanksgiving.
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)
Luddites around the world are sighing in defeat. Dear Old Dad has finally joined the social media age.
Friend him on Facebook today: https://www.facebook.com/DearOldDadCostello
We have been getting some questions about banjo setup in the mail so Dear Old Dad asked me to re-post some old Daily Frail workshops that covered various points of banjo tinkering.
First from way back in 2008 we have a workshop covering changing a banjo head, stringing a banjo, placing the bridge and setting the neck angle.
From 2009, How to use a no-knot tailpiece for gut or nylon strings.
And last, but not least, from 2008, setting up a Morgan Monroe MNB-1W as both a resonator banjo and an open-back banjo.