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Guitarist / Songwriter (who dabbles in keyboards for songwriting purposes), 57, Lansing Illinois; ISO creating/joining band IMPROV band WITH KEYBOARDS, whose solos are very Grateful Dead or dream-like Shoegazeish (NOT looking for a guitar-only bands---too "3-chord garage band" like. MUST have keyboards OR guitar synth )

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Jun 01 2020
Active within 1 week
Level of commitment:
Moderately Committed
Years playing music:
Gigs played:
10 to 50
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
6-7 nights a week
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Trying to be MORE PROGRESSIVE or ART-rock like :

NO to : [a] 3-chord garage rock (e.g., The Who's "Can't Explain"; or Georgia Satellite's "Keep Your Hands To Yourself"; [b] punk rock; [c] new wave; [d[ 80's pop; [e] hair metal; [f] rap; or [g] 90's Grunge ( I DO like SOME 2000's and later and 1970's and earlier. But 1978 to the entire 1980's---and those post-80's bands that were influenced by that era, is something that I won't put on a set list.

YES to :

[1] IMPROV bands-----String Cheese Incident (and other jam bands ---the same song might be played DIFFERENTLY each time it's played and NOT A COOKIE-CUTTER replay of previous performances...if you've seen one show, you've seen them all with "identical repeat" performances ) ;

[2] MULTI-Genre----NOT "just one" style" only, YUCK. SINGLE-genre bands tends to sound MUNDANELY MONOTONOUS in that the second, third and all the way to the last song, ALL sound so much like the First ! No REAL variation ---changing the key, tempo and lyrics does NOT make a "whole new song"

For example, Zeppelin (they COMBINED hard rock ("Whole Lotta Love") with 100% acoustic material (e.g., "Going To Californis"; Battle of Evermore---some ACOUSTIC songs do NOT NEED to end with painfully predictable "screaming guitar solos" ( like so many metal bands feel compelled to do), those songs should stay 100% acoustic from the first note to the very last one); No one will ever confuse "Bron-Y-Aur (Physical Graffitti) with "Dazed and Confused" (Zeppelin 1)---SAME BAND; DIFFERENT GENRES! That's the idea. VARIETY in genres.

[3] Multi-timbral----MUST have KEYBOARDS (or guitar synth!), AND...they must be what I refer to as "3-way KEYBOARDS" : piano, organ AND synth, NOT just one or the other.

ALL decent keyboard units have ALL THREE sound families inside---there's no need to have "three separate" keyboards [ Steinway piano; Hammond Organ ; and Moog Synth---most boards have ALL sounds ALREADY INSIDE and one keyboard is all that's needed to provide ALL three sound families.

Some keyboard players use :

---[a] PIANO ONLY (and no organ or synth) ---usually they are roots of rock or honkey tonk or 3-chord garage rock players. Try to request something from, say, Rick Wright of Pink Floyd, and they can't or won't provide THAT TYPE of music;

---[b] ORGAN only ( no piano or synth )---usually they are blues or jazz only and MAYBE some 60's/Surf/early-British invasion, NOT very progressive or Art-rock like (Kansas; Jethro Tull) ;

---[c] SYNTH only : NO piano or organ---usually they're just "synth pop" like the 80's (dance music / rave music; 80's Prince, Madonna, ....NOT looking to do ANY of that stuff.

PLUS, YES to :

FLUTE, SAX, Violin/Fiddle, Harmonica, Mandolin and Banjo.

In SUM : [a] IMPROV; [b] , MULTI-Genre, and [v] Multi-timbral. Anything else is garage rock.

Instrument experience:

Acoustic Guitar:
Rhythm Guitar:
Bass Guitar:


[1] Ovation Acoustic (Standard Tuning);

[2] Mitchell 6-string (Nashville Tuning) ;

[3] Fender Strat;

[4] Yamaha EX7 Workstation;

[5] Alesis QSR Rack Mount synth;

[6] Boss GT-1000 FX;

[7] Boss SY-300 Guitar Synth;

[8] Roland GR-30 Guitar Synth;

[9] Roland KC-300 Keyboard Amp;

[10] Peavey Reno 400 Acoustic Guitar Amp;

[11] Heil Talk Box;

[12] Boss DR550 Drum Machine;