Danny Barnes

Hey man, i saw yer doodle about masters/craftsmen/dabblers and it got me thinking. Would love yer take on two things. First being, do you think it takes more than just practice to become a master? Im not asking the 'born with it' question so much as the "lived it" question. Uh, kinda uh, maybe a good example would be john hurt. Theres a master in my mind, but the dude lived his life and maybe came out richer for not being in the spotlight. Musically richer. Hope that kinda makes sense what im tryna get at. Something about an ivory tower. Anyway 2) at the craftsman level, i think a lot of folks on the path know what they can do and know what they strive for and also kniw the distance between. How might you reccomend a middling player to have confidence in what they do while they strive for something better?

Hope this made sense, and i know, the answer is peactice. Listening, playing, writing, repeat. Some insight would be cool though


Danny Barnes responded on 11/03/2018

shucks idk. based on the masters i have had the great blessing of playing with, i would say the prima materia has consistently been love of music itself first. and everything else kind of springs out of that. like, i THOUGHT i dug music till i hung out with these guys. so practice spontaneously occurs out of a love of music.
i don't think of john hurt as an out of spotlight person. example, i was able to find out about him in early 70's central texas with no internet. he made tons of great records and was hugely influential. he had lots of great festival bills and was well documented. to me and my friends he was a huge star i'd say. several guitar method books i had growing up he was the FIRST cat they hit in there. he was very developed musically.
in a sense we are all in the same boat. figure out an art you like and want to do or can do and get busy. what else is there? in the absence of inspiration learn some vernacular forms. something will happen if you study and work.

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