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!
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.
Hi Danny, I really enjoyed hearing you pickin’ & grinnin’ with Jon Neufeld a couple nights ago, particularly your guitar duet numbers. I was blown away by the way you made your 12-string talk the blues, and I was wondering if you’d share a little techie info, as I have never seen anybody pick drop-D 12-string with a bottleneck slide, Scruggs style...
Did you have to do anything special with your setup, specifically at the nut, to level out the strings so the slide would contact them all evenly? Or do you just press down a bit harder till it works?
All I know is my 12-string doesn’t sound like that when I try messing with it in that fashion.
you kinda gotta get the string blocking together on the right hand like a pedal steel player cuz otherwise things are all jumbled. heavier strings. only slightly high action for tuning.
well, it helped me to help you. i certainly don't know everything i'm just trying to be positive.
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.
well, it's all kinda one giant thing, so i'd say yes.
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.)
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.
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?
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?
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!
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.
Hi Danny! Very big fan of Don Stover. I was wondering if you could tell me what kind of banjo strings he played the most. Lights or mediums? I was guessing lights was mostly what was available back in the Lilly Brothers era but heard he was once using GHS MEDIUMS? ANY info you might could share would be greatly appreciated.
i THINK he was a light gauge guy, but i'll have to ask my friend. i mean shucks.....everybody kinda messes with that jazz haha.