Guitarman57
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In a nutshell: Looking for a band to join or fill-in/substitution spots as a guitar or bass player or a spot in an acoustic duo or trio. Commentary regarding the audio tracks can be found below if you have the time. Thanks for stopping by.

Now here's a little bit more about who I am...

"Datn doo dow dow, datn doo dow"...

If you know what the line above means, or what it comes from, you have a good idea of where I'm coming from. I picked up my first guitar on Christmas Day, 1970. Since then, I've started bands and I've joined bands. I've gained experience playing with lounge groups, oldies bands and various forms of rock bands from classic rock to contemporary and hard rock.

My primary instrument is guitar, though my first instrument lessons were on the piano. Having never pursued keyboard training seriously, I'm more of a fill player on keys these days.

I sing lead and backing vocals. Songs like Plush, Interstate Love Song (STP), Precious Declaration (Collective Soul) and Bad Things (Jace Everett - True Blood Theme) are typical of my lead vocal register, for example, and my falsetto range (for harmonies) is "up there" (for example, the high harmony in the chorus of Another Rainy Night by Queensryche).

I have two years of high school music theory behind me that have served me well over the years. I can read music (but am rather out of practice), chord charts, diagrams and tabs.

I haven't written much lately, but I have written a few tunes. I have recorded one demo of one of my tunes, on which I covered the drum track, bass, two guitars, keyboards and three-part vocals, all on a Tascam four track cassette recorder. Crude copies of a couple others have made it to tape over the years. I used one of my originals for my high school senior year final in Music Theory, for which I scored (wrote out) parts for drums, piano, bass guitar, rhythm guitar and vocals. (I wish I'd kept of copy of that! We grow old so soon and wise so late!) With the help of some classmates, the work was performed. It was interesting to hear how it all came together!

I've been in the studio with a couple of bands I've been a member of. Afterimage, of which I was a part, hit the studio to record two originals. Crosswind, another project I was involved in, hit the studio to record a few cover demos for promotional purposes.

I have produced demos for two cover bands I have worked with. The cover demo we did for Grendel had us working a good chunk of time in Lake George, NY that summer.

Speaking of bands I've played with, here's a rundown of some of the more memorable ones, starting with the most recent... Wide Awake, Bad Karma, Hedon, Tuesday's Brew, Paradise Alley, Grendel, Crosswind, Drakarr, Afterimage, High Rise, Emanon, Daybreak, R.C.Holding and others.

While I don't regularly do studio work, I would entertain the idea of contributing or lending a hand on the projects of others if the opportunity arose. I really enjoyed working in the studio.

Here are a few things I am NOT about. If you're looking for someone to cover these interests, you're on the wrong page.
- country music
- "Play That Funky Music"
- rap/hip hop

So, what am I looking for? These days, I'm looking for melodic rock, something that takes a little thought to play, with big vocals, meaning organized harmonies, not just "gang" vocals or a bunch of folks just shouting into microphones. See "Influences" below.

A few words about the tracks presented herein... The first track was recorded at a great little studio in Ballston Spa, NY when I was a member of Crosswind. The lead vocalist on this track is yours truly, as is the lead and rhythm guitar work. The second and third tracks are from the Grendel cover demo we did. I did all the lead and rhythm guitar work. The lead vocals on the second track are mine. Lead vocal credits for the third track go to Lisa Led, who pretty much was the voice of Grendel. The fourth track is me, my drummer Roland and my Tascam 8-track digital recorder. All Roland does is drum. All other instrumentation and vocal work is yours truly, for better or for worse. The goals with this demo were manifold. First, I needed to gain experience with my 8-track digital recorder. Also, this demonstrates my understanding of lead and harmony parts, vocally and instrumentally. It also includes a "what if" harmony lead guitar part or two. The fifth track is me on lead guitar on the intro to an original track by Afterimage, recorded at Woods End in Saratoga, NY.

If any or all of that sounds like what you may be looking for, drop me a line. In the world of gmail, I'm known as tdkguitarman ( tdkguitarman at gmail dot com ). Mention my Bandmix listing in the subject line.

Screen name:
Guitarman57
Member since:
May 22 2005
Active within 24 hours
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years playing music:
45
Gigs played:
Over 100

Influences

Examples of what I listen to: The Guess Who, Burton Cummings, Santanna, Styx, Kansas, Asia, King Crimson, Dream Theater, Derek Sherinian, Fates Warning, Al DiMeola, Steve Vai, Tony MacAlpine, Shinedown, Fabrizio Leo, Eric Johnson, Joe Satriani, Circus Maximus, Seventh Wonder, Shadow Gallery, Mindwarp Chamber, Nighwish, Presto Ballet... (That doesn't mean I can play like all these guys. It's just what I listen to. They inspire me.)

Examples of stuff I've covered with various bands: The Guess Who, Styx, Kansas, STP, Shinedown, Lit, Audioslave, Journey, Led Zeppelin, The Pretenders, Pat Benatar, Breaking Benjamin, Hinder, Bad Company, The Doobie Brothers and on and on...

Instrument experience:

Vocalist:
Moderate
Rhythm Guitar:
Moderate
Lead Guitar:
Moderate
Acoustic Guitar:
Moderate
Bass Guitar:
Intermediate
Keyboard:
Intermediate
Piano:
Intermediate

EQUIPMENT

Gibson, Fender and Jackson six-string guitars, LTD seven- and eight-string guitars, Fender acoustic guitar, Yamaha 12-string acoustic guitar, Fender and Squire five-sting Jazz basses.
Marshall cabs, Marshall, Fender & Crown Amplification, ART, Roland BOSS processing and, on occasion, Bogner Uberschall overdrive/distortion. Korg keyboards.

MUSIC

CALENDAR

Past Events

Wide Awake flies into The Towne Tavern in Averill Park for the evening.

Wide Awake live at the Towne Tavern

Show starts at 9:30 AM (!!!!)

Bad Karma returns to rock The Meadowbrook.

Bad Karma returns to The Meadowbrook!

Bad Karma returns to The Roadhouse!

Join us at Johnny Goo's Clam Shack, formerly Christy's, on Lower Broadway in Schenectady. It's gonna rock!

Come rock in 2012 with Bad Karma at The Cove.

Join Bad Karma as we rock the house (or the tent, whichever the case may be)!

Bad Karma returns to The Cove, 162 W Milton Rd, Ballston Spa, NY

Bad Karma returns to The Tugboat Tavern in Cohoes, NY.

Join Bad Karma at the Hagaman Block Party.

Hedon
9:30pm
Fuller Roadhouse Grill
(Formerly Cheers)