Danny Barnes

Danny, I'm playing banjo in a 6-piece amped up grass band. I know that each song and set is unique, but generally speaking, how do you approach the banjos place in a band with lots of other instruments. I'm constantly switching between laying out, to driving, to light comping, to just chucks, to melodic lines. But, I don't feel like I'm in the pocket most of the time, and instead wonder if its just aimless meandering. The banjo in my hands is just so freaking simultaneously capable/incapable.

Also, come on to GA please. PEACE!

Danny Barnes responded on 02/15/2016

great question. you kinda want to do something, that makes things sound better with you playing, rather than just "playing along." it's a funny thing. what makes art? a good strategy is to listen to everyone else, and then do something else. a lot of good rhythm ideas, can be found listening to the great electric guitar players of the '60's and '70's. therein are some good ideas to lift for concepts. you have to think orchestrally. how about take a free online orchestration course? here is a link to a free one: http://www.filmmusicmag.com/?p=210 what makes music? what are the roles of the instruments? what is the range and timbre of the instruments? this information is freely available you have to read a bunch though.

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