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Danny,
I'm using Tabledit to tab out "Saludamas a Tejas" I switched it from 4/4 to 2/4 and I think that helped. I think I'm on the right track but I'd like to e-mail you a copy to see what you think. it's my first Tabledit so muy despacio. Is there somewhere I can e-mail you an atttachment. If you'd rather not post your address publicly my e-mail is DogLindsay@Gmail.com . Yes "Dog" not Doug. Gracias para todos


Danny Barnes responded on 09/14/2016
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hey man, i appreciate the work you are doing, but i figured the song out, practiced the shit out of it. found a record deal. set up the sessions. recorded it. mixed it. did interviews for it. and toured about 300 shows playing that piece. so it's not possible for me at this juncture to review what you have. however, that said, if you play what you have and it sounds right, then it's right! more power to you. thanks for being interested in that. i think there are some really cool accordion tunes that make great banjo tunes.

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Hey Barnes!

I am cross-correlating your Famous blog post "How to Make a Living Playing Music" (http://dannybarnes.com/blog/how-make-living-playing-music)

with La Monte Young's "9 Pieces of Advice for Musicians"
http://www.thefader.com/2015/05/08/9-pieces-of-advice-for-musicians-according-to-la-monte-yong)

Lots of fantastic stuff and lots of similarities of course - One thing La monte specifically addresses and you touch on (small personal studios) is the need for a permanent place to play.

La Monte contends, "Musicians are always looking for a place to play. The Dream House is the place that Billy Higgins and I were always looking for. Once you have a place that's permanent, then you can do very, very creative work." Similarly, your post argues to be creative no matter where you are - to fight for that space, even if it limits you audience temporarily. Care to expand or clarify any of these points? Like being in-place, in-residence versus road work maybe? Thanks!!

Danny Barnes responded on 07/23/2016
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Hello Danny,

I’ve just recently discovered your music and your blog and I am very glad that I did. You are a wellspring of inspiration.

Reading your post on being an opening act, this part jumped out: "if you hired a guitar player to back you up, and at the jobsite you find she's passing her own demo cd out and hitting everyone up for a gig, fire her"

Do you have any advice for disentangling yourself from situations or associations that aren't compatible with your path without being a jackass or creating toxic animosity? Sometimes avoiding the conflict of firing someone or refusing a collaboration or unsolicited help can get you off-track for a while, yet I think people new to music can often feel like we're being ungracious when having to say "no" to people.

Thanks!
Nick

Danny Barnes responded on 09/14/2016
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