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I have been playing music since the third grade. I started on Trombone then moved to Piano. In middle school I got my first guitar and never looked back. I began by learning folk and classic rock tunes. When I started High School the Jazz band was looking for someone to learn the upright bass. Since I already played guitar my music teacher asked me to take the upright home for the summer and see if it was a good fit. So, I played upright in the jazz band throughout high school, though I continued to play and learn more and more about the guitar.
In high school I also picked up playing the mandolin. I really enjoy the tiny instrument though i never really got into playing lightning fast bluegrass lines. I typically played it more of a funk/rhythm instrument. Since high school I have continued to play the mandolin on and off again. I have lately spent more and more time learning some lead lines on the instrument but I am by no-means a bluegrass player.
When I went to college I continued to play in the jazz band. My freshman year the bass player was a senior so I sat in on the piano doing simple comping. The next three years of college I was the bass player again. I even switched my major to jazz studies for 2 years before finally graduating with an English Degree.
Since then I have played in a few bands in the valley and gigged around at different venues like the sail inn, rhythm room, etc... Now, I work a full time job M-F and really want to get back into playing music with some like minded individuals. I am not looking to get famous or go on tour, just have fun playing some music and maybe start gigging around the valley.
My favorite music to play is somewhere between 50's hard bop jazz like Horace Silver and jam bands like Phish. I think the best thing to have is a framework to follow, a beginning, middle, and end with a lot of improvisation in-between. To me that is the most fun and fulfilling type of music to play.
- Screen name:
- Member since:
- Mar 26 2014
- Active over 1 month ago
- Level of commitment:
- Moderately Committed
- Years playing music:
- Gigs played:
- 50 to 100
- Tend to practice:
- 2-3 times per week
- Available to gig:
- 2-3 nights a week
- Most available:
My early influences were folk musicians like Arlo Guthrie and Pete Seeger, as I grew older and into high school I saw a lot of live Phish and began to appreciate jazz and improvisation more and more. Once I got into college I continued to listen to a lot of jam band music and more and more jazz. My favorite jazz musician/composer is Horace Silver. My main influences on guitar are Wes Montgomery, Trey Anastasio, Joe Pass, Brian May and Eric Krasno.
Ibanez ARC300 and a 1960 Silver tone dolphin nose through a fender Princeton chorus.