Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Keyboard.


Excellent improvisational skills. Rhythmic talent. Technically strong. Good ear with excellent touch. I try to listen and bring out the best in the musicians I work with. I have a reasonable understanding of music theory (modes, scales, chords, composition). I also have considerable experience in MIDI sequencing and a flair for creating interesting musical environments for improvisation. I typically work on some aspect of music several hours each day. I'm not particularly interested in performing cover songs, but I do occasionally sequence/play such if they become an ear worm, or if someone actively twists my arm.

Perhaps of interest ... I've worked with guitar synths since the ARP Avatar way back in 1977. They are a LOT better now. Need a sax? Piano? Cello? Slap bass? Choir? No problemo.

(I don't care much for bagpipes, accordions, or poorly played harmonicas. And, I'm not a big fan of southern rock.)

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Started out on Hendrix, Zappa and things on the outer edge that were interesting and different. Other formative influences very early on:
Blues/rock, e.g Cream, Johnny Winter, ELP.

Well, I am still a Zappa fan, and I particularly appreciate artists that produce well-formed, engaging, sonically interesting, dynamic, and rhythmically creative compositions. I've also always enjoyed funky, energetic stuff that make you feel good. Somewhat oddly, I don't really listen to much current music. I should. Perhaps recently attended events are an indicator of things I like: Steve Vai, Dream Theater, Zappa Plays Zappa, Umphrey's McGee, Roger Waters, Satriani.

Instrument experience:

Rhythm Guitar:
Lead Guitar:
Acoustic Guitar:
Bass Guitar:


Various electric guitars:

PRS Artist p22 (piezo & TriplePlay synth equipped), Gibson Les Paul, Fender American Deluxe Strat (customized & synth equipped), Ibanez Satriani, 1976 Ibanez Destroyer (my first real electric, also customized and synth equipped).

One nice acoustic: Martin D-28
One not so nice acoustic: Pawn shop Epiphone

Guitar amplification:

I primarily use Fractal's AxeFX III and AxeFX II through the PA gear described below, with a backline Mesa Boogie 50/50 power amp with a pair of 2x12 Mesa Boogie cabs. (Update: added a Mission Engineering Gemini cabinet for backline.) For visiting guitarists I'm happy to provide a double rig, both portions of which have line-outs to the PA. Alternative rigs include Fender Cbybertwin; Roland Jazz Chorus; Rack system: Tech 21 Sans Amp into a class A THD Bivalve 30. Variety of effects provided via Lexicon, Boss, etc. A pair of 2x12 THD cabinets are used with the THD. I also use a Fender Acoustisonic amp + Fishman Aura in conjunction with the piezo on the PRS guitar ... if I want a pretty darned convincing acoustic guitar sound from my electric. In short, configurations depend on my "ear of the day".

Keyboard workstations:

Yamaha MoxF8; Korg Kronos; Yamaha MOTIF6. These are the beasts that I do a lot of my sequencing/mixing on when I'm not in a DAW environment (Studio One 4). It is amazing what these workstations can do for you creatively. Note: I don't do too much recording, but can if I feel like it.

Live sound:

2 Bose L1 Model II cylindrical radiators with B2 bass modules; Allen & Heath Qu-16 digital mixer; lots of other stuff e.g. sonic maximizer, noise gate, etc; Several Shure 57 cab mikes; Blue KMS 105 condenser vocal; AKG dynamic vocal; THC-Helicon vocal processor; Stands, direct boxes, cables, etc.