i often go and look up things that you mention in your blog posts, interviews, and in response to questions here. always i am glad to have these discoveries, they expand my knowledge not only of music, but of philosophy and spirituality. some of my favorite stuff, i have gotten from you, and i have a backlog of things that i have not had time to look up yet.
your own music, despite that your interests and influences are so diverse as to overwhelm the student with so many directions all at once, it all hangs together and makes sense; it has a continuity throughout your long career. oft mended raiment, for example fits nicely with your most recent work, and even the earliest bad livers material that i can find seems of a piece with your later work, (despite that you continue to get better all the time).
it is almost as though you set out from the start knowing where you were heading to. how is this possible?
i don't know, you make a point here i've never considered. perhaps, in the idea of oneness, my higher self is guiding and thus it knows, but i don't consciously know.
or perhaps i'm sub-consciously trying to explain away things and look for information that backs up some pre-conceived notion, or conditioning. i'm not sure the answer. you make a good point.
I feel so behind in my banjoistic explorations. I just landed here after being introduced to you via Tony Trischka's school of banjo. You've given me happy ears, and I very much appreciate it!
I sold my Deering and got a Barnes model Bishline after playing one in the store and loving the woody tone. I've never been much of a banjo mechanic and was hoping you might indulge me in a couple of questions about set up. I read in your blog about how to amplify a banjo that "the slightly shorter scale allows you to run heavier strings which fatten up the tone." How heavy are we talking? I haven't seen any brands that sell anything more than medium for banjo. Would you be willing to share what gauge strings you run? If the banjo was set for light gauge strings and I throw something a lot heavier on there am I going to need to get the truss rod adjusted to account for the added tension? I realize a lot of this stuff comes down to personal taste and feel, just looking for a jumping off point. Also do you have any advice about tuning the head?
Thank you for time. You are a continuing source of joy and inspiration.