I'm 57 and its time for me to learn to play the Banjo! I've been waiting all my life since I made a Banjo when I was about 7 years old, using piano wire. :)
Drums are my other passion and one day I'll learn to play those too.
Thank you for doing the 5 videos they will be my starting point.
I'm intrigued that your blog mentions Captain Beefheart and Trout Mask Replica - I love Don Van Vliet's music and have done so since I saw him on Old Grey Whistle Test playing Full Moon Hot Sun and then Peaches.
I would like to order a 5 string Banjo online (I couldn't go into a music shop and purchase one - too self conscious). Please can you suggest a make that I should consider and size. I don't want to play Bluegrass, but folk, rock, Irish, punk, pub rock (love Willy Deville and Dr. Feelgood) etc.
I'll spend what I need to for a Banjo that will grow with me as I learn to play.
Also can you recommend a DVD set to supplement your 5 videos?
haha, i listened to a LOT of mink deville and dr. feelgood!!!
i would get a deering good time. prolly an open back one. those are pretty good banjos, they work pretty good. it's a good first banjo and if you play for a while, you'll learn more of what you like/don't like and can make a more informed purchase based on experience. they aren't expensive and they work.
i don't know of a dvd set per se, however google tony trishka's online banjo stuff he has a whole program that is likely very good. also google banjo hangout and banjo newsletter.
Your article on "how to play in someone else's band" is a great chunk of solid gold information! THANK YOU ! ! ! ! !Danny Barnes responded on 10/14/2014 Next question
I got a question about intellectual property rights. Due to the fact that you sample a lot of stuff, I figure you are pretty familiar with the rules regarding the acquisition of licenses using other artist's IPR's. I remember reading that you use shortwave radio for audio samples (which is a totally cool idea by the way) so how do you know what content you have to obtain licenses for? I suppose I'm also curious about covering "traditional" tunes on albums. If the composer is unknown, must you acquire a license?Danny Barnes responded on 10/14/2014