Hey Danny-Thank you for doing what you do.
How long does it take you to write a song? I'm sure this changes depending on the situation/material... but do you typically gig around with a song until it is considered 'done'? Or like... write some, go away, find it again... repeat until you have something good?
The reason I am asking this is because I think it takes me forever to finish a song. I never think it is good enough!
i think it takes writing about 100 songs before you kinda get the hang of it. and by so doing, you will learn the process. i make little notes of most of my ideas, then when i go to write i have these little bits i can edit together or use as a foundation. you know you are finished when it sounds really good and you can play/sing it, and make really good recording of it. i tend to work on one till i'm finished. i can write, arrange, record, and mix a song in two long days of work. so i would say keep at it. once you write a big stack of them, it gets easier. you might be getting hung up on self-evaluating too early and it's hindering you. forge ahead. for me it's a craft like building a fence. a fence builder doesn't take forever to do it. he takes the materials at hand, considers the landscape, and goes to work. and then goes and has a sandwich.
I read your interview in the Banjo Newsletter a few days ago and have started to discover your great new recordings and your interesting blog. For some time I am thinking about creating my own electronic backingtracks for my guitar and banjo playing. I have never heard about the Renoise software before and was thinking about getting Ableton Live. What makes Renoise the tool of your choice? Thank you. Caspar, SwitzerlandDanny Barnes responded on 08/12/2014 Next question
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