Open banjo instruction — pickers needed!

Patrick Costello, a hero of public-spirited music education, has launched The Old Time Banjo Project with some of his students. He’s looking for banjo-pickers to help record instructional videos that teach the instrument from total n00b to mad-skilled virtuoso.

To take part in the project, contact me at, choose a lesson and film a short video workshop.

For example, let’s say you choose to cover the C Chord. All you would have to do is introduce yourself (for example, “Hi. I’m Patrick from Manassas, Virginia and I am here to show you how to make a C chord”) and walk the viewer through the steps of making a C chord on the banjo.

You don’t have to be an expert. If you are worried about teaching a specific technique think about doing something simple like covering how to attach a banjo strap or how to make a D7 chord.

Once you have filmed your workshop, upload the video file in the highest quality format you can to the Internet Archive.

The Old Time Banjo Project (Thanks, Patrick, via Submitterator!)