Hello Mr Barnes. From a fan in the UK. Looking to get the Banjo into my life but not sure where to start as I've never even attempted to play an instrument. Watched your Youtube clips and found them a real inspiration. My question is where should I start ?? Beginner books then move to a tutor, or a combination of both. Lots of forums talk about Janet Davis and Earl Scruggs as good beginner books. Would you recommend these teachers ??? Just need a little guidance. Hope you can help ???
janet's stuff is great. google banjo hangout. subscribe to banjo newsletter. tony trishka has an online thing that is likely very good. sore fingers camp there in the uk would be good. there are good teachers there. i used earl's book from the beginning but it's kinda hard. i like the old version where the standard notation was indicated. there's lots of stuff. when i started there wasn't hardly anything. i still take lessons.
In the songs "Rich boy blues" and "Money moves up" You seem to be expressing dislike/concern for financial inequality and undeserved financial success/comfort. I am curious what you would do if tomorrow you found your self totally financially secure through no specific act of your own. Suppose a long lost uncle died and left you 5 million dollars. What would you do with the money? How would your relationship to producing your art change if you didn't have to earn a living from it? Would you spend less time driving around playing gigs and more time developing your spiritual practice? Would you feel a responsibility to do something humanitarian/charity based? I realize hypothetical questions can be annoying and I won't hold it against you if you don't feel like answering. Money is such a large part of everyone's life and I'm just curious how you would live yours if producing an income was a non factor.Danny Barnes responded on 12/12/2014 Next question
Hey Danny, hope you had a good time over the holidays.
My question is this, do you indulge in any form of working out, be it exercise, yoga, stretching so on? This last year I have gotten into "fitness" and I have come to find it quite meditative and centering, so I was curious if you indulge in any kind of sport, exercise or body movement as an extension of your meditation and interest in reflection.