SEEKING

Band to Join, Vocalist, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums.

ABOUT

I have a B.A. Degree in Humanities/Fine Arts with areas of concentration in music, art, and English. My parents were both music teachers, so you could say music is in my DNA! My dad taught me violin when I learned to walk. I took piano lessons for a summer as a youngster at UTEP. But I am mostly self-taught on keyboards, listening to Ray Charles and plunking around on my mom's Steinway grand piano, or playing around on the upright in either of their music classrooms. I studied cello in El Paso, Texas, then at Interlochen summer music camp in Michigan, and then at a music school in Germany. (Schweinfurt Musikschule). While living in El Paso, I also sang with the El Paso Boys' Choir. (My mother was the assistant choir director.) I taught myself guitar in high school back in the '80's. I've played keyboards and guitar with soul, top-40, blues, rock, and heavy metal bands. I'm looking to put together a classic rock band focusing on hits of the 70's, 80's, and 90's to gig locally.

Original Songs:

Note: All of my songs are copyrighted and I am a member of ASCAP.

My song "Hot Touch" showcases my guitar playing and song-writing skills. It's a pretty straight forward blues-based rock song with a key change in the guitar solo to change things up a bit. The recording is in the "heavy metal" style, though my current style is more "rock" than "heavy metal" as I'm toning down the distortion. My 1986 demo of this song won an honorable mention award from the 1987 TDK/Billboard Songwriters' Contest. Eddie Van Halen was one of the judges! (You can see a photo of the award in the photos section.) I'm looking for a guitarist that can play the rhythm guitar part, which is basically just bar chords.

"Lifeblood - Impaler" is a graphic novel of the mind. Based loosely on the Dracula myth of "Vlad, the Iimpaler," it recounts the rise, fall, and redemption of an underdog character "Alden, the Impaler," and his partner, "Vulcan Drakul," a dragon who had been hibernating in wait of a prophesied fallen hero who would call upon him to serve mankind and the greater good. The song's hard-driving and has some great harmonizing guitars.

"Once and Future King" is based upon the Arthurian novel of the same name by T. H. White. It's another hard-driving song with some great 2- and 3-part guitar harmonies! I consider this to be my "Magnum Opus."

I wrote "Flame of Love" directly after 9/11. It captures my feeling at the time and is a tribute to the fallen. It can be modified and/or arranged as a soft-rock ballad.

Screen name:
dbgaren
Member since:
Apr 05 2016
Active within 2 weeks
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years playing music:
45
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
1 night a week
Most available:
Nights

Influences

Michael Schenker, Ritchie Blackmore, Jimi Hendrix, Neal Schon, Alex Lifeson, Adrian Smith, Jan Hammer, Ray Charles, Rush, Scorpions, Journey, Deep Purple, 80's rock.

Instrument experience:

Vocalist - Tenor:
Advanced
Rhythm Guitar:
Advanced
Lead Guitar:
Advanced
Acoustic Guitar:
Advanced
Bass Guitar:
Advanced
Keyboard:
Advanced
Background Singer:
Advanced
Cello:
Advanced
Vocalist:
Moderate
Piano:
Moderate

EQUIPMENT

Roland RD-700 keyboard, Roland Juno DS61 synthesizer, Fender Stratocaster Pro Top, Washburn MG40 guitar, Epiphone Les Paul Pro Top FX guitar, Yamaha Pacifica 012DLX guitar, Fender Squire Telecaster, Fender Squire Jazz bass guitar, Ibanez Talman electric/acoustic guitar, Marshall DSL40C combo guitar amp, Crate Palamino V32 tube guitar amp, Alesis Surge E-drum kit, Sure SM57 mic, Sennheiser vocal mic, Roland KC-100 4-channel keyboard/vocal amp, Polk Audio 50 Watt PA with 2 wireless mics.

MUSIC