Danny Barnes
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Why haven't you made an album with Les Claypool yet? :)


Danny Barnes responded on 04/23/2019
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i have never met him. so that would be the main preventative issue haw!

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Are we really gonna have to wait till January for the next album?

I'm jonesing for Barnes...


Danny Barnes responded on 04/23/2019
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yeah sorry. there's enough stuff out there live show recordings and things i put out that sold two copies that should keep you busy for a looooong time! but yeah jan. thank you for listening.

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Hey dude. Ive been hearing ya talk about aesthetics a bunch recently, and i was wondering if you consider that in the songwriting process, instrumental process, or if its a post-creation sorta thing. Aesthetics as a term seems to be more of a visual thing, usually, and if ya could maybe somehow uh, talk on your perspective, thatd be super cool.

One of my good picking friends(better than me) said something about "how can i make it art?" I was stumped. Its not just the pitch, the tambre, the timing. I really think youre onto something with the aesthetic, and i suppose im asking to describe the indescribable. Sorry this is pretty scattered but its the sort of non-technical stuff that really is interesting about


Danny Barnes responded on 04/23/2019
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well if you think about it, making a record is like making a movie. what are you going to make the movie "about"? you can't just film EVERYTHING or whatever you start to have to figure out the cast and the setting and the lighting and all that. the narrative. the overall arc and the little scenes within there. the time period coordinates etc. or maybe all of this is abandoned for some as-yet untried method. i think of it like you are making a play or a movie.
a record is a sound movie. the songs are scenes. then you tell a story.

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How are you so good?


Danny Barnes responded on 04/23/2019
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well i don't really feel that good. i practice a lot and work on everything. really at my age as long as i been doing this you'd think i'd be REALLY good. but that's not the case. but sometimes i think it's possible for me to have interesting ideas.

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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.