andytate89
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Band to Join, Bass Guitar, Drums, Keyboard, Vocalist.

ABOUT

I have never died in a bizarre gardening accident.

What inspired me to pick up guitar? I heard the guitar solo to Rock you Like a Hurricane and I told my guitar teacher that I wanted to play that. I was 11 years old and I knew exactly what I wanted to do: play great guitar solos. My teacher smiled and started to teach me the basics. The rest, as they say, is history.

I am largely self-taught. I guess you could say I have learned guitar as a sort of baptism by fire. I have a good ear. I listen to a song over and over to get the solo and the song just right. Once I have it down, then I add my own style.

I know enough music theory to be able to communicate with other musicians. I don't have a degree in music. I only ever took lessons with a guitar teacher for one summer when I was 11 years old. But I am knowledgeable in the basics of music theory. Can read standard notation, guitar tabs, and chord charts.

I'm 31 years old. I play lead guitar player/rhythm and I am a background vocalist. I love to play guitar and perform. I am most influenced by the greats: Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Ritchie Blackmore, Randy Rhoads, Ed Van Halen, George Lynch. I have my own nuances because I refuse to be a carbon copy of another guy. I can play lead on just about anything that I set my mind to, except the tapping part in Wonderful Slippery Thing by Guthrie Govan. I haven't figured that one out just yet. I'll let you know once I do. The key here is that I set my mind to something and I will follow it through to completion.

I am mature, reliable, talented, I have good stage presence, I have the image/look of a rocker, and I can do a power-slide on stage upon command. I don't do drugs or smoke, but don't care if you do. As long as it doesn't affect your performance or your ability to show up on time for gigs, I don't care. I drink moderately. Don't usually drink during a gig. Usually wait until after the gig for that. Or, if it is a 2 hour gig with a break, I may have a beer in between, but that's about it. I like to perform without outside influences.

100% professional. Being in a band takes dedication and hard work. I'm not going to rehearsals or doing gigs to mess around and waste my time. I am dedicated and focused. But, that doesn't mean I don't like to have a good time! I am more than happy to have a beer and relax after the the hard work is done.

I am also interested in mixing in a couple of originals at some point as a broader purpose for the band. I write and record my own material. I'll send my credentials to the House of Detention.

I am willing to travel to Montpelier, Burlington, Manchester, and Boston for gigs. Willing to travel up to 30-45 minutes for rehearsals. I do not have a rehearsal space. 100% willing to quit my day job for the right project. Once we get tight, polished, and start booking serious gigs then I am 100% committed. I also recognize that playing the bar scene is a part of paying your dues and cutting your teeth. I'm not shy to playing the bar/club scene. I have done it before.

I have professional equipment and reliable transportation. I am reliable and punctual. You should impress me with your exuberance, raw power, and your punctuality.

Screen name:
andytate89
Member since:
Jul 17 2020
Active within 24 hours
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years playing music:
20
Gigs played:
10 to 50
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
4-5 nights a week
Most available:
Nights

Influences

AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Ozzy Osbourne, Motley Crue, Ratt, Scorpions, Judas Priest, Dokken, Van Halen, Rush, Def Leppard, Spinal Tap

The Kinks, Led Zeppelin, Steppenwolf, Stones, Blue Cheer, Spooky Tooth, The Doors, The Who, Pink Floyd, The Yardbirds, Hendrix, Queen, Deep Purple

The Originals, The New Originals, The Thamesmen

Guitar players that I listen to: Jason Becker, Marty Friedman, George Lynch, Randy Rhoads, Uli Jon Roth, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Eric Johnson, Gary Moore, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Chuck Berry, Albert King, Alex Lifeson, Al di Meola, Steve Morse, John Petrucci, Vivian Campbell, Ritchie Blackmore, Matthias Jabs, Rudolf Schenker, Michael Schenker, Guthrie Govan, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Andy Timmons

Instrument experience:

Rhythm Guitar:
Advanced
Lead Guitar:
Advanced
Background Singer:
Advanced
Vocalist - Tenor:
Moderate
Acoustic Guitar:
Moderate
Bass Guitar:
Beginner

EQUIPMENT

Guitars:
-Fender Stratocaster (Superstrat) with Super Distortion humbuckers in bridge and neck
-Epiphone Les Paul Custom with Seymour Duncan hot- rodded pickups; SH-4 JB - bridge SH-2N Jazz - neck
-Dean Flying V '79 reissue stock pickups
-Epiphone SG Custom w/tail bridge
-Dean ML79 Semi-Explorer type model (Trans Brazilia)
-Takamine Acoustic

Amps:
Fender Super Reverb 100W
Peavey Blazer 158 - 25W practice amp

Pedals: Boss compressor/sustainer CS-3, Stereo Chorus, MXR EVH Phase 90, 10 band EQ, Morley Volume pedal, Cry Baby Wah, MXR Distortion +

I use minimal effects. I use the amp and my fingers to get my sound. Much like Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page did.

MUSIC