- Member #
- Member since
- 31 May 2009
- Last activity record:
- Active over 1 month ago
- Instruments played:
- Background Singer, Piano, Keyboard, Drums, Bass Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocalist - General
- Cover/Tribute, Classic Rock, Jazz
- Screen name:
- Stow, Ohio, 44224
- 50 years old
- Level of commitment:
- Moderately Committed
- Years playing music:
- Gigs played:
- Over 100
- Tend to practice:
- 1 time per week
- Available to gig:
- 1 night a week
- Most available:
- Background Singer:
- Bass Guitar:
- Acoustic Guitar:
- Lead Guitar:
- Rhythm Guitar:
- Vocalist - General:
I am a computer guru by day, and husband/father by night. I play guitar Ė electric, acoustic. I am very good at lead and decent at rhythm. I have always been a very good backup singer, but in my band L.T.D. versions 2 and 3, I had to take over the job of lead vocals as well. I am not a great front man, and although I have a strong singing voice, it is not stellar when trying to pull of lead vocals for every song.
I do not read music, but would like to learn someday, I just never needed it before. I dabble in keys and drums, and would be ok at bass if I applied myself.
I have been on hiatus for 5 years. I have been slowly trying to get my chops back and looking to start playing with people again. Ultimately it would be nice to do some gigs and play for people again as this has always been my favorite part of music. This time around, I am looking more for showing up, playing and singing, and going home and not interested in maintaining my level of complexity in my rig(s) as before.
My previous bands included the following:
Just Jams - 1977 through 1981
White Mike and V-Necks - 1983 through 1988
L.T.D. - versions 1, 2 and 3 - 1989 through 2004
L.T.D. was definitely my most ambitious band. We had gone from a 5 piece band to two different trio band, but the music stayed very much the same. I relied a LOT on computer assistance with sequencing mostly for keys (as how else would a trio pull off Pink Floyd's Comfortably Numb). It was always so hard to put together the band, plan the music, sequence it, purchase and maintain the computer equipment to make it portable on stage, and then on top of that, play, sing, and hit the buttons at the right time.
I don't get out enough; I don't know what the music scene is like any more. I know that even as good as my bands have always been, music in Ohio has been in a sorry state of affairs, and we never had the impact I thought we would. I donít know a lot of musicians as I was pretty much tuned into the bands I mentioned above. Most of the musicians I have played with have all been friends, or acquaintances of friends that of course became friends. Some still play, others do not, and even others I donít know what has happened to them over time. In chronological order, I have played with the following people: Steve Tullys, Eugene Christopher Johnson (went by Gene or Chris depending on when you knew him), Mark Albrecht, Jamie Ely, Scott Jackson, Joe Halter, Tim Putman, Dan Fleishour, Chris Warner, Chris Yamsek, Michael Nadzam, and Eric Graber.
I have always been leery of going out and forming a group with people I donít know, all my bands just sort of fell together, and then later fell apart again. I am becoming more open to the idea if hooking up with others, and letting them run the show, and allowing me to just play good guitar and sing good vocals with them.
I do work days, and usually keep a very busy schedule. My bands have always been a practice once a week, and play out once or twice a month at most. I donít think I could handle much more than that kind of schedule now either.
So letís see what happens.
Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Jeff Back, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson, Eric Clapton,
Guitars, Amps, Gadgets, and a studio full of Keyboards, Effects, Drums, Mics, Mixing Board, and Computers.