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?
i'm not really going to directly respond here because it isn't my capacity to answer legal questions. however, the questions you ask are all easily researchable, it's pretty standard and all that. some of the songs that you think are traditional actually have copyright holders, and then sometimes even songs that have authors will have lapsed. so it depends. there are several websites in regard to song clearance that are actually pretty good. i don't endorse any in particular but you can find them easily and they have searchable databases et al. these are good questions and i appreciate your asking, but you have to understand they are like tax questions, beyond the scope of a "fan questions" section of a banjo players website.
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?
Can you go into a little detail about meeting and befriending John Hartford? Was there some sort of pilgrimage involved or did you cross paths unintentionally?Danny Barnes responded on 11/21/2014