mario19550501
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Band to Join, Vocalist - Soprano, Vocalist - Alto.

ABOUT

Singer (lead, solo, or accompanist), and electric or acoustic guitar (rhythm or lead); plus (limited) hand percussion. My primary instrument is my voice; after that I am a very good guitarist (I don't just strum, I articulate ... which means that I know, or will find, the notes within the chords that distinguish the song you want played); I can also take lead breaks, where appropriate AND always add fills that enhance the song.

Please see me performing on my ReverbNation page: https://www.reverbnation.com/mariopetrella/videos

UPDATE: I intend to cull many, many recordings, simply because some are very old and expose how inexperienced we all sound (meaning, how little practice we applied before performing). This note is important, because it would be a mistake to judge me inadequate based on many of those earlier recordings.

***Important note about the Hartford County Music Scene ***
If you're looking for a "walk on" musician in the CT music scene, please be aware that they're likely to cost you more than your entire band takes in in one night: It is a sad FACT, unfortunately, that the Hartford music scene is actually more sparse on talent than we'd all like: If you think about how players know the songs that they do, you'll recognize that they master the ones they like; after that, they learn others as they work in overlapping projects. Which means that, even after years of playing, there are quite simply very many songs that are not in a given musician's repertoire. In the Hartford / New Haven / Springfield / Waterbury areas it's ambitious to hope to have a "walk on" ... Those musicians work in recording studios in NY or LA, and would (should) expect to get 95% of the nights earnings, because they are that much better than we believe we are.

My point, with this last comment is: REHEARSALS and PRACTICES ARE IMPORTANT ... This means that you don't just bang out a song, and decide after one take whether to keep it or move on ... You HAVE TO WORK ON IT for a few tries BEFORE you reject it.

Screen name:
mario19550501
Member since:
Aug 23 2014
Active within 2 weeks
Level of commitment:
Committed
Years playing music:
35
Gigs played:
50 to 100
Tend to practice:
1 time per week
Available to gig:
1 night a week
Most available:
Nights

Influences

My preference is rock music from the 60's, 70's, 90's, & 50's; but my background includes pop and show tunes going all the way back to the 1920's. There are many songs that I am familiar with, as I have an extensive collection of recordings that I have listened to innumerable times. However, I have NOT been in enough projects to have played ALL those songs. So, if you are interested in adding me to your project, please provide me with a complete list of your expected repertoire. ***Important*** I am a very FAST learner; so if I don't know a song in your repertoire, we only need to rehearse those songs a few times, and I will be ready to gig with you ... But I need to take the time to prepare those songs WITH your band. This last point is REALLY IMPORTANT: If you want an audition, we'll need to go over your song a few times to get it the way YOU want it; I may already do it really well my way, but that doesn't mean I can't do it your way. Thanks in advance!

***Important note about the Hartford County Music Scene ***
If you're looking for a "walk on" musician in the CT music scene, please be aware that they're likely to cost you more than your entire band takes in in one night: It is a sad FACT, unfortunately, that the Hartford music scene is actually more sparse on talent than we'd all like: If you think about how players know the songs that they do, you'll recognize that they master the ones they like; after that, they learn others as they work in overlapping projects. Which means that, even after years of playing, there are quite simply very many songs that are not in a given musician's repertoire. In the Hartford / New Haven / Springfield / Waterbury areas it's ambitious to hope to have a "walk on" ... Those musicians work in recording studios in NY or LA, and would (should) expect to get 95% of the nights earnings, because they are that much better than we believe we are.

My point, with this last comment is: REHEARSALS and PRACTICES are IMPORTANT ... This means that you don't just bang out a song, and decide after one take whether to keep it or move on ... You HAVE TO WORK ON IT for a few tries BEFORE you reject it.

Instrument experience:

Vocalist:
Advanced
Vocalist - Tenor:
Advanced
Background Singer:
Advanced
Rhythm Guitar:
Moderate
Lead Guitar:
Moderate
Acoustic Guitar:
Moderate
Bass Guitar:
Moderate
Other Percussion:
Moderate
Other:
Moderate
Banjo:
Beginner
Mandolin:
Beginner

EQUIPMENT

Electric guitars, acoustic guitars, bass guitar, microphones, P/A mixer + amp + monitors, guitar amps, keyboard amp, 63-key electronic keyboard, various hand percussion instruments ...

Stay tuned for a comprehensive list of songs: it will include songs that I'm familiar with (have been asked to play in other projects), and songs that I actually perform. I will also include my preferences; i.e, if I don't find the song appealing, or if I'm excited about adding it to your repertoire.

MUSIC