billJames
CONTACT

SEEKING

Band to Join, Vocalist - Bass, Vocalist - Baritone, Vocalist - Tenor, Vocalist - Soprano, Other Percussion, Violin, Trumpet, Saxophone, Piano, Background Singer, Flute, Other, Banjo, Fiddle, Vocalist - Alto, Trombone, Bagpipes, Steel guitar, Cello, Ukulele, DJ, Electronic Music, Clarinet, Harp.

ABOUT

I began playing guitar as a "tweenager", watching Chicago folk musicians perform at a coffeehouse on the Rock River. As a teen, moved on to electric guitar and the rock of the era -- today called "classic rock" -- used to play a lot of Beatles.

After high school, I studied guitar at Wisconsin Conservatory of Music (it was a full conservatory then) and with some of Milwaukee's top jazz guitar players. I do not call myself a "jazzman", rather my music has jazzy influences and I enjoy playing Americana music, today sometimes called "American Songbook".

Most of my life, I have played acoustic guitar (dreadnaught or archtop) and am only interested in playing electric guitar music that is not loud and over-driven.

I sing lead and background vocals, but haven't been recording these -- perhaps will record a couple of demos soon and then will promptly upload.

Please contact me: webmaster (at) clubtnt

Screen name:
billJames
Member since:
Apr 30 2016
Active within 1 week
Level of commitment:
Committed
Years playing music:
40
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week

Influences

Jack Grassel (Milwaukee guitarist) and some of the other outstanding area guitarists that, while great in their own rights, also studied with Jack. I learned some of Jack's "Super-Ax" style, performing bass lines simultaneously with rhythm chords, sounding like 2 instruments. Under Jack's advisement, I have guitars set up to sound like a bass (low E & A string) and a guitar (D-G-B-E).

As a guitarist that started playing in the '70s, I am influenced by the many great guitar players that were on the charts -- we listened to AM radio in those days and the programming was MUSIC and not talk.

Instrument experience:

Lead Guitar:
Expert
Acoustic Guitar:
Expert
Vocalist:
Advanced
Rhythm Guitar:
Advanced

EQUIPMENT

Arch-top guitars, Dreadnaught Acoustic, Semi-Hollowbody Electric, Bose L1 PA, typical sound equipment, Ditto Looper (I have other pedals, but tend to go light on the effects these days).

MUSIC