Danny Barnes
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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.

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Hi Danny,

Really enjoying your current output and looking forward to next record. I've really been digging the echo session you did on YouTube. Great set and I love your guitar playing. I was hoping to ask some geeky questions about that.

I've recently got myself a banjo caster. I've heard you in interviews saying that you approach the guitar/ barnjo like a six string banjo but do you notice any changes in how you play?

For instance, I see you still wear picks- do you find you alter the angle of your right hand? Guitars are normally more parallel to the ground.

Also are there banjo things that you find don't work so well?- I've found Keith style banjo gets quite muddy/murky.

Thanks as ever for your time; I'm sorry that this might be interesting for me only.

Ritchie


Danny Barnes responded on 11/03/2018
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you have to palm mute than kinda stuff. if you watch videos of pedal steel guitar guys, they use that "arpa" technique on their instrument and that's what they do.
i don't really drive what i do to much, i just kinda.....make a space and let something happen in that space. i try to make it sound good and if i do, i remember that..how to hold and hit the instrument etc. a lot of times i'm looking.

i use my fingers and picks {it depends on which videos you watch}. they do different things. depends on the song or idea. it's not so much that i'm thinking about what i'm doing, i'm just trying to make a good sound with whatever i have in my hands at the time, starting from space and trying to be in tune and starting with a good sound.

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Hi Danny, I am setting up a Bishline Harvest with LR Baggs pickup and venue preamp. How would you set the preamp as a starting point for the most natural sound?


Danny Barnes responded on 11/03/2018
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well, a good research for you is exactly which frequencies each knob on the unit is ACTUALLY affecting.
generally just set it all flat first. it's kinda like making tea if you make it the way i make it you might not like it. but the banjo is tuned to G so lots of the frequencies that are multiples of G and so forth are gonna have little bumps depending. you can easily look up these numbers {frequency of exact pitch}. generally when you pick up a banjo you gotta rein in the high end if you dig. look for icepick trebly hurty at around 3K. look for body around 160 cycles. if you come up with a real crazy eq setting it's going to start messing with your phase, so ....best to let the surgical stuff go to the house guy or whatever. i think it doesn't wear the audience and you out both, if you soften up the overall tone. or darker rather than brighter. it's nice if it sounds like a real banjo except louder.