Danny Barnes
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Now I have learned to read standard notation on banjo (from your online lessons) I can play the notes from a lot of tunes I would have never figured out.

However I can't play any of it clean or up to speed. Do you have any tips about the method of how to get stuff polished up?

I can't say enough about how much these lessons have helped me and how generous it is for you to share this knowlege; thank you so much!


Danny Barnes responded on 04/05/2019
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man, don't worry about it. just read through a few things at 60 beats a minute or wherever you like. if you do that a few times a week in a years time, you will have greatly progressed. just keep at it a little bit at a time. over time.

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thanks for your blog post, helped me today.


Danny Barnes responded on 01/24/2019
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well, it helped me to help you. i certainly don't know everything i'm just trying to be positive.

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Thank you for the solo show in Bend last night!!!! Amazing!


Danny Barnes responded on 01/24/2019
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hey thank you for listening. i been working on this stuff tryna get better so i appreciate your paying attention and for reaching out and saying something nice.

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Just got fired, is it just as bad accross the Atlantic


Danny Barnes responded on 12/27/2018
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well, it's all kinda one giant thing, so i'd say yes.

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I saw you playing with "The Dawg Trio" Nov. 15th at the Shedd in Eugene, Oregon. You sang a song about a donkey, living with a cow and working...I was wondering what the name of that song is and where I could find the lyrics. I really liked it!
(Also inquired on your Facebook page.)


Danny Barnes responded on 12/27/2018
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that's a brand new song of mine called mule. it's off a new record i have coming out in 19. i appreciate you noticing that. thank you for listening.

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Hello Danny; hope you are well.

I was wondering how a musician should go about pricing his services. It seems everyone wants something for free, volunteering, internships, good exposure... How does someone starting along the session musician road value themselves?

Thank you


Danny Barnes responded on 12/27/2018
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i think you put that value on there yourself. i wouldn't accept any input from someone that doesn't have a dog in the race giving you an opinion. only give something away if you want to and only give it to exactly the person you want or small entity. as far as sessions go, there's an unspoken fee that a person would charge in a town to put one part on one song. figure out what that is by asking, and start there. the union has a scale for this. i wouldn't be in no hurry to give away content. i wouldn't sign a release for anything unless you knew exactly what it was for.

i wouldn't put anything on anything for free unless i wanted to. you can barter of course. i did a session once for a whole box of unopened blank seven inch reels.

set your own value, stick to it, and if you need to wait a few tables or teach or work in a best buy to make ends meet so what?

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What advice do you have for someone who is teaching himself to play the banjo?


Danny Barnes responded on 11/07/2018
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well side note, there is no need to do this. you CAN of course. the problem is, it takes a lot more time to do it that way. someone that knows what they are doing can show you one thing that will safe you decades of time. but nonetheless here you go: a.figure out how to make a good sound with your hands. try to play every note on your banjo where it makes a good long sound. clear. b. get your chords and scales together. c. a good idea is to learn some vernacular styled music. one reason is, you don't have to ALSO learn/create/find the music you are trying to play as you are figuring out how to play a banjo and you can just PLAY. that way you are only doing one thing not two. there are tons of resources for this. d. record yourself and see if you can make a good sound. e. the two basic ideas are melody and rhythm chords. at first you might try to be really clear about which of these you are doing.
hope that helps!

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Do you live in the Pacific Northwest.... and do you give private lessons?
I'm on ArtistWorks with Tony Trishka and play the banjo.


Danny Barnes responded on 11/03/2018
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i do live up by seattle. i don't teach privately but i'm thinking about maybe opening a teaching studio. but for right now you'd have to see me at a camp or my lessons on peghead nation.