Semi-Social Media

Last year neurological issues made it difficult for me to type.

I handled the situation the way I usually do; I adapted. I dropped off social media and turned my attention to writing. The keyboard was out so I started writing my next book longhand, with paper and pencils.

Now it is 2019. My book is coming close to completion and I have made a little bit of progress with the neurological issues. I think it is safe to dip my toe into the murky water of social media.I Have set up new Facebook and Twitter accounts today. As things progress I will be posting more information on the upcoming book and other cool folk music projects we have in the works.

I am proud of the progress my mom is making with her web site. Be sure to visit misstrudy.com for recipes, craft projects, poetry and her insights into early childhood development.

We have a ton of exciting music and mayhem in the works for the year ahead. I can’t wait to get started!

God bless,
-Patrick

Sing the Banjo! Episode Two: Secret Agent Man

Sing the Banjo! Episode Two: Secret Agent Man

Today we play the 60’s spy-rocker television theme that Johnny Rivers sang oh so well. It’s Secret Agent Man!

This song was written by Steve Barri and P. F. Sloan for the television show Secret Agent (also known as Danger Man).

The song uses simple chords in interesting combinations. It’s a lot of fun to play and sing solo, and a blast in jam sessions.

As much as I love this song, I have never seen the television show!

I sing the song, walk you through the riff and run you through the chord progression in the audio file. The .pdf had the lyrics and chords.

The audio file and lyric sheet are available for our Patreon sponsors:
https://www.patreon.com/posts/19493685

Yet Another Milestone

We passed fourteen thousand subscribers on YouTube.

Right now the official numbers at this moment for the channel are 4,801,058
views and 14,002 subscribers.

We are still growing, learning and sharing the joy of folk music together. With each new video and each new subscriber we take another step closer to my goal of making the art of frailing banjo universal and accessible to all!

In The Works . . .

The Daily Frail and the Patrick and Dear Old Dad Vidcast are starting a regular production schedule and our Patreon is growing day by day. This gives us time and resources to start working on new projects.

Here are just a few of the things we are working on:

Folk Guitar:
A weekly workshop with Patrick sharing insights and instruction on the techniques that come together as folk guitar.

Group Video Workshops:
We are setting up a weekly group video chat. This feature will be limited to our Patreon supporters. More information soon.

Book In Progress:
I have a new book in the works. This summer we will be making it available a chapter at a time to our Patreon supporters. In addition to reading the work first you will gain insight into the creative process behind The How and the Tao of Old Time Banjo and other much-loved music books.

This is only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. We have a lot of great stuff in the works, Your support on Patreon will go a long way towards helping us make it all happen!

Read more about our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/Dobro33H

The Daily Frail Returns!

On Monday, February 19th The Daily Frail will be returning in its original podcast format.

Dear Old Dad and I were pioneers in web audio. When we launched our first web project back in 1997 people told us it would be impossible to teach music on the web. Then we posted our first workshop with Dear Old Dad teaching Boil ’em Cabbage Down and people went from saying it was impossible to saying it was impractical.

Those early web workshops lead to the accidental writing of The How and the Tao of Old Time Banjo – and then things really got moving.

As web audio evolved we were able to do more and more. In 2004 we created Virtual Frailing Banjo, one of the first podcasts dedicated to teaching banjo. We intended to end the series after a few episodes, but people wanted more. I scaled things down and created a daily podcast. We didn’t know what to call it. As a joke I suggested calling the new series The Daily Frail and the name stuck.

Eventually YouTube came along. At first I wasn’t too interested with web video. We were using a dial-up connection and video was too hard to deal with. We moved up to DSL in ’06 and rode the streaming video wave ever since,

I still like web video. It’s easy to do (if you know your craft) and it is simple.

On Monday morning we will launch the first workshop of the new series. I am really looking forward to it.

Go practice your basics. I’ll see you on Monday!

Interesting Times: Episode Seven

This week, Pat and Patrick are both disconcerted with the behavior of the rich, famous and powerful.

About This Podcast:
Pat and Patrick Costello are a father and son team who have been making music together for decades. They have different and sometimes opposing viewpoints on topics in the news, but they treat each other with love and respect – and that is really what this podcast is about.

Interesting Times Episode Six

This week Patrick and Dear Old Dad discuss the inescapable nature of media bias, why you don’t leave cattle prods in the reach of a kid and random news headlines.

About This Podcast:
Pat and Patrick Costello are a father and son team who have been making music together for decades. They have different and sometimes opposing viewpoints on topics in the news, but they treat each other with love and respect – and that is really what this podcast is about.