according to the barnes ontological system "time doesn't exist."
how do we keep rhythm?
beyond the duality of am i or am i not in time, is freedom. metaphysically i've come to the conclusion that physical time was created as a way of billing and charging for things. and i suspect that everything is really happening at once, but our brains can't handle it and only perceive things in increments. as an example, the bible kind of happens all at once or could be overlapped onto a single persons life or single day, or is a story of an entire planetary cycle. all at once. in the question of music, how do we keep time?, music uses time to organize things. there again time is elastic and it depends on the agreement made with the ensemble. birds, the ultimate musicians, are free of this constraint and don't need a conductor other than the Creator/Creator within. i don't believe time, in it's strict physical sense, is a priori. however, if you are trying to back up a fiddler playing sally goodin, you better be in really good "time." and that causes lots of problems.
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!
Hi Mr. Barnes, just wanted to add my voice to the folks who have asked about transcriptions. Speaking as a picker who finds tab a great help in learning, I would be grateful to have a book of your tunes near to hand when it's banjo time. I can sure see not doing it though too as writing tab is kind of pesty.Danny Barnes responded on 03/17/2016