Hi Danny, I love your music and you have been a great inspiration. I'm wondering — do you have different banjo setups for clawhammer and fingerpicking? I play a Deering Goodtime that I originally got for clawhammer but have started doing more picking, and I'm wondering if I should get another banjo and/or lower the bridge on my Deering or do other stuff to it. Thanks.
well i have some banjos set up for each but i don't really think it's necessary. if your banjo is set up pretty good and it plays good, just play. i kinda come from the charles sawtelle school of instrument theory which states they will find YOU. so just keep playing and working. as you get better, a banjo will come and find you and you won't have to worry about it. you will magically have the dough for it at just the right time. it works perfectly and it works every time i promise. just keep practicing.
Hey Barnes, I discovered your site when out of frustration( or maybe it was serendipity) I googled "how to make a living as a musician." I have found your music and your blog very awesome and inspiring. I have been in a musical slump lately. I know in my heart and soul I have the calling to be a musician but life hasn't worked out in my favor as of yet. All I want is to make a living doing what I love, and I feel I have proven this to the universe-god-higher power, by investing every available resource I have into doing my music(time, money, work, patience etc). Do you have any advice on how to get out of a funk? I'm tired of rolling snake eyes, and thinking maybe it might be time to bet on something else. Thanks for your timeDanny Barnes responded on 03/16/2015 Next question
In your opinion, what are some important things to look for in a location to peddle your music out of? Sure, it's bound to be different for everyone and every music, but what sort of balance do you think is important? Cost of living/room for growth/music scene/ect.
on a side note, i was thrilled to see ya at the BGUnderground the other weekend. Super cool surprise. oh, right, it's supposed to be a question....uh, were you heading to court after the gig in that suit? haha i jest man, you rock!