SEEKINGOther, Piano, Keyboard, Trumpet, Violin, Other Percussion, Drums, Bass Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocalist.
First, thanks for checking out my ad. This may very well be the longest musician's classified ad you'll read.
I'm a fifty-six-year-old guitarist and pianist, who lives in the Huntington Beach area, and I'm looking to start a band. I took ten years of piano lessons, starting at eight years old, and switched over to the guitar at eighteen, much to my parents' chagrin. Unfortunately, most of the theory I learned on the piano kind of went out the window. I do most everything by ear. I am very interested in putting together and performing original music.
Just to be clear:
1) I'm no master of music theory, or music notation - far from it (I do have a great ear, though, and I am highly adaptable to different musical styles. If you're gifted with a good ear and can do without sheet music, wonderful. If you require it, I'm afraid, because of my limited theory/music notation skills, I'd have a really tough time accommodating you, and you would probably get very frustrated with me in this situation. However, if you really need this, I will hobble along and come up with some sort of lead sheet/song structure that you could probably live with.
2) I am not a plug and play guitarist. I use effects (a lot). If you're looking for a purely "organic" guitarist (One who uses few to no effects - someone who literally plugs a guitar straight into an amp and starts playing), then you're not looking for me. It's a more involved set-up, but but it gives me a lot of options, tonally, since I'm big on creating textures and "soundscapes", for lack of a better word.
It also takes up space, and some venues don't have that much space to set up like this. This is something you will want to carefully consider, when you're looking for a guitarist, or any other musician with a fair amount of equipment.
Some people have commented and partaken in this classic debate, which you have probably heard countless times before:
"What? You don't read sheet music?? How can you do that? What kind of musician are you?"
"What? You can't just play it, or pick it up by ear? Isn't it supposed to come from your heart, and not a piece of paper?"
Of course, both of these arguments have their own validity and purpose. I'm not, nor was I ever looking to be a session player, so sheet music didn't really have a high priority for me.
I'm primarily looking for another guitarist, a bassist, a drummer, some keys, and a vocalist or two. A violin would be amazing.
Hopefully, you have some ideas about music you've wanted to write, or have been wanting to play with other musicians, but maybe you thought the right people weren't out there in your immediate area; or you were in a band break-up situation, or...it doesn't really matter what the reason. For whatever reason, you're not playing with other musicians, and you feel a calling to do that - even if not full-time. You're itching to play out again. It's a part of you you've put on the shelf for way too long, and you can no longer leave it on the shelf. If this describes you, in some close approximation - welcome. I would love to hear from you. If you happen to play other instruments as well, even better!
People always ask me two classic questions; 1) Are you in a band?, and 2) What style of music do you play? Now, I can finally say - the answer to the first question was yes, I was, several years ago (and have been in many) and we were working on original material.
It was a keyboardist/singer/songwriter, a drummer, and me, on guitars; and I'm now just beginning to get back into keyboards.
I just picked up the MX-88, so I'll be seriously delving into that in the coming weeks, to record some more samples to post here, etc.
I haven't played with other musicians in a few years, and I am greatly missing it.
As for question 2, for whatever reason, I have a really tough time categorizing my playing style. I've always loved folk and acoustic finger style guitar. I've been told I have a kind of jazzy style, and I guess I have some jazz influences in my playing, but I wouldn't consider myself to be a hardcore jazz player. I also enjoy a rougher edge, and love tinkering, in many areas - but I wouldn't necessarily call myself a rocker, either. It's kind of a mesh of different styles. I love playing both acoustically and electrically. Can enjoy listening to something as laid back and simplistic (But equally beautiful) as Simon and Garfunkel, or, if in the mood, something more driving, like Dream Theater. I'm not a big fan of rap or hip-hop though (Well, I do like some hip-hop). I don't really listen to the radio at all, any more, but am constantly discovering new music through Apple Music and many other sources. Top 40 just isn't my thing, any more. Maybe I'm just too old for that lol.
I'm of the firm belief that music does NOT necessarily have to have a fixed beat, or be "dance-able" to be good - just the same as a superb movie doesn't have to be filled with special effects to be moving and powerful (fine movies such as On Golden Pond, The Shawshank Redemption, and Ordinary People come to mind, to name just a few).
Just because it made a Top 40 chart doesn't mean it's the greatest thing since sliced bread. Some really fine art (Music, movies, etc.) has gone greatly unnoticed because of what supposedly appeals to the ignorant masses. That doesn't mean, in any way, that it's not just as good, or possibly even better then much of the so-called "mainstream" stuff.
My musical tastes are extremely eclectic. My guitar heroes have definitely shaped the way I play, but I can't claim that I've reached anywhere close to the level of musicianship that they have. I'm trying, though :-). Still, it';s good to know what musicians aspire to, in terms of sound and style, even as they're looking for and trying to develop their own unique sound. Everyone's got at least an influence or two, right? I'd be interested in hearing who your musician heroes are, as well.
Some of my guitar influences are: Paul Simon, Michael Hedges, Pat Metheny, David Gilmour, Eric Johnson, Alex Lifeson - way too many to fully list here.
These artists I've listed below are (once again) only a few, but here they are, just as a sampling of my musical tastes:
Simon and Garfunkel: In my mind, the epitome of brilliant, timeless folk music. I couldn't wait to start learning how to play finger style guitar, back in '81, when I had just graduated from high school, and took a folk guitar class in college. I owe that to Mr. Simon. I was saddened when they broke up, but pleased that Simon went on to continue a very lengthy and successful career as a solo artist - not surprised at all. There were many others as welll; Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Peter, Paul and Mary; but it was Paul Simon's (and later, Michael Hedges, William Ackerman and others) acoustic work that prompted me to continue learning finger style guitar.
Shawn Colvin. A truly gifted songwriter with a sweet, but powerful singing voice. Very tasteful work done by the backing musicians as well. I would love to see her play, one day. Favorite song of hers: "Don't Kill The Messenger".
Iona (A progressive band that masterfully combines traditional Celtic instruments with a rich, full, synthesized palette. They're all world-class musicians, as far as I'm concerned. I never tire of listening to them. They are most definitely not your typical Top 40 mindless crap kind of band; but, serious musicians with a gift to share with those who will listen.
Rush. These guys are masters at playing in odd time signatures (Something I really love hearing and trying), and they do it very successfully. Other bands like YES, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, also come to mind.
Dream Theater. Here is a band who is constantly reinventing itself; each album sounding different than the last in a refreshing but not alienating way; but they always sound like themselves. John Myung is a guitarist in bassist's clothing. Portnoy is (was...he's no longer with the band) one of my favorite rock and roll drummers - more so than Neil Pert. Of course, they (The band members) are the first to admit who their influences are, and that those influences can be readily heard in many of their songs. I was going to lunch with a friend, several years ago, and he popped the "Change of Seasons" CD in, playing the title track - a twenty-three minute epic. The first thing I thought was, "Wow. Rush meets Yes, meets Kansas, meets - who knows? I've been a steady fan since then. Thanks Jay, for introducing me to them.
Bela Fleck and The Flecktones. Who'd have thought the banjo could be such an amazing, jamming instrument, in a fusion setting? The guy's a monster player, no matter what style he's playing - just phenomenal. I had the unplanned (But welcome) pleasure of hearing them open for Strunz and Farah, some years ago, at the Cerritos Performing Arts Center (If I recall correctly). I was so floored by their music, I had to hear more. I've been listening to them since.
Pat Metheny. I heard a song of his on the radio (Back when I was actually listening to the radio lol), back in the late 70ïs - early 80's - a tune entitled "Eighteen", from the Offramp album (Remember vinyl albums?). I was just beginning to discover the wonders of progressive jazz and fusion. I absolutely had to have the album, and have been collecting their albums ever since. I can't say enough about him, or his amazing work with Lyle Mays (Pianist and keyboard extraordinaire) - a writing force to be reckoned with.
Scott Huckabay. I was with a friend, back in April of 2005, and happened upon this guitarist, who was doing a solo performance at Santa Monica's 3rd Street Promenade. I was mesmerized by a particular song he played, which I later found out, was entitled "Neptune's Forest". It nearly brought tears to my eyes. Some people have likened him to the next Michael Hedges - a visionary. I just love his stuff - great vibe and groove; a treat to see and hear, live, performing solo. Since hearing him perform there, and again at the City of Hope, not long after, I have found a new zest for the acoustic guitar - for playing music, period. People (Other musicians) have said there are musicians out there, who cause you to either pick up your instrument and really get into it again, or cause you to have an equally strong desire to just pick it up and throw it in the trash. Thankfully, Scott Huckabay did the former for me. Thanks, Scott.
There are so many of these bands/artists, and I've just barely touched on a few, and in only in few genre (There is rock, ska, reggae, blues, etc.), that came to me off the top of my head. I guess the bottom line is, I grew tired of having this equipment sitting in my room and no one with whom to enjoy my craft on a regular, or semi-regular basis. Once I wrote this ad that changed pretty radically.
In my heart and mind, the performance of music was meant to be a shared experience - just like a walk on the beach, a nice meal, or a fine movie. Playing alone is okay, but I need to be around other musicians who are excited about the possibility of composing, recording, and publicly performing original music with other musicians. I'm looking for people who understand that need, and have a true desire to share their craft with other musicians; people who understand and crave the magic that music has to offer, when shared with other musicians, when the musical match is right. Playing with other musicians tends to bring out the best in me. I need that - I can't stress that enough. If you know what I'm talking about and want to be a part of making it happen again, I need to hear from you.
I'm not looking to be in a Top 40 performing situation (I've been in way too many cover bands, and I have no interest, whatsoever, in doing that again); but I would be happy to entertain the idea of doing some covers, just for the fun of it, especially while we're in the composing process. It might be a nice icebreaker for us, to start out. Even throwing in a cover or two, during a set might be fine, but I really want to perform original music, and I'd rather invest my time working on that, than learning (or relearning) someone else's Top 40 pieces. That's the main goal.
If what you've just read resonates with you even a little, please contact me. I'd love to hear from you.
A little while back, I added some mp3 files to my profile; but please bear in mind - these are really rough (Definitely NOT a final product lol - with the exception of "Daniel Said", a studio recording I did with the band back in 1998. I only did the electric guitar parts on that song. Full credit has to go to the other band members:
Sam Ettaro - vocals and acoustic guitar
Kim Ettaro - backing vocals and percussion
Taka Hirobayashi - Bass
Tim Thayer - Drums
Some of the other recordings were transferred from cassette tape, and my equipment wasn't all that great at the time, but I wanted to capture the idea/mood. I've been sitting on these songs for years, and I'd really like to develop some of them a lot further - make them much richer..fuller. Maybe you can help?
Update - 06-24-19 - I finally have a way to record in a DAW. If you'd like to hear some of my work, please feel free to visit my page on Sound clowd (under my same username). You can also link directly to that site, from here.
The songs from there are posted here, as well, for your convenience.
Again - rough work,, but they can be a lot better recorded and developed, now that I have decent recording capabilities :-). I'll be updating my song samples, in the coming months. We could even shoot files to each other, if you feel so-inclined.
If you haven't posted any samples of your music here, please message or email me and send me some links, so I can hear what you've done. I think that's a reasonable request. I've posted a lot of samples of my music here, even though it's raw and unpolished, so you can get an idea of what you can expect from me, stylistically and experience-wise
Assuming we've heard each other's music samples and feel like our styles would blend well together, we can always meet for coffee or something, and if that feels right, we can later connect at a place suitable for playing, set up our stuff and just jam together for a while, and see where that goes.
I would gladly welcome any/all of these situations, and am wide open to any suggestions you may have as well.
I have good equipment, reliable transportation, and a hard-working and sincere attitude about making this happen. I just need to connect with the right people.
Please let me hear from you; and please - no drugs, no attitudes. Life's complicated enough. I could care less what you look like; whether you're a man or a woman. Good music is good music. It should not be stifled by unreasonable expectations of gender, age, or even political or religious beliefs. When the magic is there, that's when you need to roll with it, to see where it takes you.
To recap: if you are you an experienced musician (Not necessarily by trade, but as a passion - just something you've GOT to do, to broaden your artistic horizons; maybe even to keep your sanity), and you've been looking for a guitarist and possibly other musicians to jam with, in a band setting (With the goal of playing out/performing in public, and/or partaking in a recording collaboration (even remotely, sharing digital files), etc., I may very well be your guy. Let's talk and see what happens from there.
Last, but not least, sometimes we want to do things, but all sorts of reasons come up that stop us from just doing them. Once in a while, we need someone to cheer us on, and encourage us to do the things that are important to us. That friend, in this instance, is Kim. She has always been the unconditional friend, and was always the willing and ever-persevering catalyst in the writing of this ad. Had it not been for her, this ad never would have been placed, and I would not ever have met many of the fine musicians I've had the opportunity to meet. Thank you, Kimmy. Love you bunches!
Please feel free to message me here, or e-mail me, at david57strathot maildotcom Thank you for reading my ad. I await your reply.
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- Gigs played:
- Over 100
- Tend to practice:
- More than 3 times per week
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- 2-3 nights a week
Paul Simon, Michael Hedges, Antoine Dufour, Don Ross, Pat Metheny, David Gilmour, Eric Johnson, The Edge, Dave Bainbridge, Alex Lifeson, John Petrucci, Chick Corea, Lyle Mays, Bill Evans - way too many to fully list here.
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Ballad for Karen
Ballad for Karen
This is a really rough recording I did many years ago, using a cheesy drum sound in a friend's keyboard. I'd really like to develop the song further with other instrumentation besides just the acoustic guitar. This is why I need YOU!
Song for Annie
Song for Annie
I made this recording in 2001 on my Mom's Conover. The vibe was there, but the recording leaves something to be desired. Notice the digital distortion in parts, and the clicking of the piano pedals. I wasn't really looking to do anything different with this piece, other than elaborate/fine tune it, on the piano. I just wanted to through this out there, so you could hear me playing something on the piano. Thanks for listening.
Again...this is really rough. I want to add a lead guitar, REAL drums, maybe some cool vocals and other instrumentation. Can you help?
Daniel Said Year: 1998 Album: Daniel Said
LongingI'm dedicating this one to my Dad, Ricardo, who just passed away on the 17th of April. I layered several ambient guitar and keyboard tracks, here. It was inspired by several of my favorite musicians; so I don't feel I can call it a full-on "original" tune, as much as an homage to some of these musicians. Rest in peace, Dad. I will see you again. Until then, know that you are deeply missed.
Christmas Lament - Part 01
Christmas Lament - Part 01Feeling kind of Blue - all the more since the loss of Cindy, two years ago. A lot of people experience this, so I realize I'm not alone. This is the the first thing I've recorded on my MX-88. It's kind of Peter Gabriel/Jean Luc Ponty inspired, but I don't claim to have anywhere near the musical gift that these fine musicians have. No outboard effects or EQ used (other than notching out some on the violin part, at about 5400 Hz). Everything came straight out of the keyboard. The more I play it, the more inspired I feel to write and play something with it. I love this thing, and can hardly wait to write something serious with it. It's just a rough draft, for the books. D
A Waltz For Hedy
A Waltz For HedyI've been working on this one for a while, now. I'm not nearly done with it, but this is the latest version. My friend, Al's mom passed away, earlier this year. Hedy was an extremely kind, giving soul, with an absolute heart of gold. Rest in peace, Hedy. It was an honor, knowing you.
A Waltz for Nora
A Waltz for NoraI recorded this some time ago. Sadly, this relationship ended poorly, but the tune felt inspired. I hope you enjoy it.
In Memory of Cindy (with Trumpet graciously provided by Rich Merrill)
In Memory of Cindy (with Trumpet graciously provided by Rich Merrill)This is a newer version of the song that I originally posted some months back for my dear friend, Cindy, who was killed on October 19, 2017, as she was struck by a car, while crossing the street, on her way to catch a bus. Rich was kind enough to add this hauntingly beautiful trumpet work to this piece. I was originally going to completely re-record it, then have people contribute to add the finishing touches to it. But, now that I think back on it, all those grandiose ideas I had (about adding a bunch of guitars and other tracks to it), were just not really necessary. What this piece needed was for someone who intimately understood personal loss, and who could convey that loss, through his music, in a way that would compliment my scattered (but heartfelt) idea of a tune - and Rich was that musician. As the months have passed, I've found it really hard to come back to it and capture the work with the same emotion and feeling that I had when I initially recorded it - almost like something I had to get out of my system, and commit to a recording - warts and all (all the flubs, etc., on my part - both, in the initial recording process and the performance, itself). When he initially sent this to me the version with his trumpet work, he modestly referred to his work as "just some ideas". But I don't think so. I think Rich nailed it. As far as I'm concerned it was the finishing touch that was needed on this piece, and I feel very thankful and honored that he took the time and trouble to do this, in spite of the many other things going on in his life. So here it is, warts and all (on my part), but with Rich's very beautiful trumpet work, added. Thank you for sharing this, brother. I am in your debt. If you'd like to hear more of his work, please click below: https://www.bandmix.com/1trumpet/
Mellow Atmospheric Groove Guitar Backing Track Jam In G Edit 1 Export 1
Mellow Atmospheric Groove Guitar Backing Track Jam In G Edit 1 Export 1This sample was inspired by an absolutely master backing track. You must visit his website. You'll find a plethora of amazing backing tracks. I've never had so much fun recording my guitar(s) with a backing track, in my life! Check out his Elevated Jamtracks' bandcamp website page: https://elevatedjamtracks.bandcamp.com/ I only played about a minute and a half, here. Equipment Used: Walrus Audio Deep Six Compressor Delay was a Source Audio Nemesis TC Electronic Corona Chorus Hall of Fame 2 Reverb The track opens up with a four-part guitar backing. I love this guy's work. It really set the tone for this. Brilliant work, man! On the left channel, my Strat. On the right, same Strat, but with a Pad preset, coming from an MXR M300 reverb. I love that pedal. It just transports me - perfect for ethereal, soundscape-like fills. I hope you enjoy. Thank you, most kindly, for listening!
Test Jam in A
Test Jam in ATrying out a jam in A, with this beautiful backing track. This is just a jam, and I"m probably going to delete it very soon, after I repl ace it with a real guitar track LOL. I just loved playing with this so much, I went for it, and this was w hat I ended up with. I also feel embarrassed not to have the exact name of the artist who kindly provided this wonderful back track. I love it. I will, most assuredly, add the artist's name, for proper credit. There are some decent notes, and a lot of really bad ones. The shimmer delay was overpowering. Usually, I love that, but this just kind of grated; but since it was printed to the track, I couldn't edit it out, and I didn't want to do it again. The backing track really gave me a lot of room to breathe, and I absolutely loved the drum sound. So pristine. The rest (my guitar) was .............fair, at best. Some of it was nice. Most of it sucked. It was okay, as a starting point; but it sure was fun to play, and I'm looking forward to doing this one right, and preferably with other musicians :-)
Cover of Joan Baez's For Sasha with the lovely Alycat providing vocals and strings throughout.
Cover of Joan Baez's For Sasha with the lovely Alycat providing vocals and strings throughout.I bought this album, on vinyl, back in 1979, to give to my best friend, who sang amazingly, and loved Joan Baez's work. Her name was Teresa. She was one of the kindest people I ever knew, and a remarkable friend. When I saw her next, I gave her the album, and we listened to it together, at her house. This song, "For Sasha" just ripped my heart out. Such a powerful tune. At that time, I hadn't yet started playing the guitar, but I fell in love with the piece. Two years later (1981, and fresh out of high school) I took a folk guitar class, and within about six months, I learned how to play this song. I'll never forget it. It's forty years later, and people like Joan Baez, Simon & Garfunkel, Peter, Paul and Mary, and, more recently many others, have really shaped the way I play the acoustic guitar today. They've had a lasting and unmistakable influence on me, as a musician. For almost forty years, I had wanted to play and record this song with someone, to pay tribute to writers and musicians like her, who changed me forever, as an acoustic musician. Thank you, Aly, beyond words, for helping me to record this, for all your help, getting around a DAW. As I explained in The Guitar Forums, I felt like a wasted baboon, attempting to dance the waltz like Fred Astaire, but with two clubbed feet, on a greased up hardwood floor, on a sinking Titanic, or something. Very awkward, to say the least. But you really helped me get through some much needed steps, to start recording this way, and it was the push I needed, that came at the right time, in the right way, and from the right person. I will appreciate that, from you, always. You made this track happen :-)
Voyage - David57strat With Backing Track Compliments Of Dark Universe Edit 4.mp3 (2)
Voyage - David57strat With Backing Track Compliments Of Dark Universe Edit 4.mp3 (2)A sincere thank you, to Dark Universe, for the wonderful backing track. I had such a pleasure recording this - it's unreal. Thank you, my brother. You are a generous soul. It's full of mistakes (mine) (levels, tracking, mixing, playing, etc.), as always, but it's a start. Still getting my feet wet with using a DAW. I hope I did the track some semblance of justice.
Aly and david57strat - Reflections with backing track
Aly and david57strat - Reflections with backing trackFound this wonderful backing track on guitarbackingtrack.com, provided kindly by user Jamtracks. My acoustic guitar is in the first maybe two mintes of the song, and Aly's leads are interspersed throughout, panned in different spots. She was kind enough to provide this mix. Very nice work, Aly. Thank you, beyond words! There's a change-up, mid-song, and from that part forward, Aly's leads carry the song to its end, very nicely. I've been struggling with the use of a DAW, and Aly was kind enough to teach me how to become more familiar with the interface, and was instrumental (no pun intended LOL) in getting me to just dive in and record something, rather than trying to master the software, first - and it worked! I had no intention of publishing this until it was perfected, as these were rough tracks (on my part), to get used to the software and get comfortable sharing tracks with someone else. But I don't care, and Aly was cool with it, and was the one who suggested it. Plenty of mistakes, on my part, but feels good to have finally worked on a collaborative piece with another musician. Thanks again, Aly. Couldn't have done this without your help!
In Memory of Cindy
In Memory of CindyThis is only the rough beginning of an idea of a song written for my dear friend, Cindy, who was killed on October 19, 2017, as she was struck by a car, crossing the street, on her way to catch a bus. Rest in peace, my beloved friend. We will meet again......someday.