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Hey Danny I've watched the videos of you and Nick Forster on youtube. Awesome stuff. Why don't you guys put some of the stuff that you sang together for sale.


Danny Barnes responded on 09/05/2017
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on my latest cd stove up, which nick produced and played on, we sing four songs on there. you can even download the individual tracks off corporate tunes or if you want, i'll make you a cassette if it remains a mystery. thanks for listening.

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Come out West!


Danny Barnes responded on 09/05/2017
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i am out west.

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Is there any chance you could listen to a material from my 'Power Duo' (a single we released) on bandcamp? I do not want to be annoying, so I will not post the link without your response.
Thanks for everything on banjo music!


Danny Barnes responded on 09/05/2017
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oh man i barely have time to listen to my own stuff and the stuff i'm working on and researching. you are welcome to send a link and so forth, but it's a little tough. i'm trying to get you to listen to my stuff for the love of pete!!! haw haw.

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Hi Danny,

I have been playing banjo a few years just by theory, the methods you show in the instruction videos, making up my own arrangements and not really trying to figure out specifically how anybody else is doing it. I am loving it, keeping myself entirely entertained and amused, but wondering if I am somehow shirking or missing out by not copying any old masters (it just seems impossibly hard to copy other people's style)?

Bless you for being so generous as to answer these questions!


Danny Barnes responded on 07/27/2017
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well, it sounds like you got a good start. the main thing is keep at it of course. however, you might want to dig in on some stuff now. my friend david grisman told me "if you really want to get good, find someone you really dig and study the shit out of them." what i did was study earl. i used the first version of the earl book [that was one of the only books available] because it has the standard notation as well as tab [obviously i tore apart the records too]. i think the later versions just use the tab. if you analyze earl, don reno, and ralph stanley, you'll have a real good start. that takes about....well i'm still working on that...but let's say it takes some time. but if you had ten earl things you knew really good you'd be moving the ball down the field. okay...keep picking!

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Hey Danny - As a clawhammer player who dabbles in scruggs style, it seems like sometimes when I hear you playing you're mixing clawhammer with finger picking. Do you have some clever way you've figured out to do that?

thanks
Charlie


Danny Barnes responded on 06/05/2017
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well yeah i learned to frail a little with my picks on. i learned this in about 1981 from a guy named brad brashers that i used to run around with. he was a really great banjo player. he is no longer with us, he passed away. but he was a great banjo player and is very fondly remembered by the folks that knew him and played with him. he was from paragould arkansas. he was a good old boy.

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Hi Danny,

When I was a teenager it was important that the bands I liked were "cool", whether it was Mingus, Kiss or Patti Smith. Now I'm older and have a wife and family, I find it important to me that the musicians I listen to are kinda nice people.

In this world where a musician's views on politics hold more weight than an academics, should this really matter? Do you think it influences your own listening and, is it me or do banjo players seem to be lovely people in general?

Thanks for your time,

Ritchie


Danny Barnes responded on 06/05/2017
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man i don't know that's a heavy question. i think that does influence my listening. in general the banjo community is/can be very nice. as it is said, you aren't IN traffic you ARE traffic, and in that sense i suppose i'm a part of that community. you ask a very good question here. it's tough to listen to someone that's a knucklehead or whatever even if they are really great musically. but...i think in a sense, the self comes through in the music and you can kind of hear someone's story even in instrumental music. your question has made me think. thank you.