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I have been a musician for around 30+ years; playing and teaching professionally on and off for around 20. As with many musicians, my playing spans a diverse range of styles--across many genres.

I have played rock and metal guitar for around 31 years, however, I studied classical viola for around 3 years prior to studying guitar. My main style has always focused around hard rock of some sort; currently this is still the case. I studied classical guitar for around 10 years and went to college for music; was the first chair guitarist in my Ensemble for a couple of years. I left the music program and took a break from playing for a while; finishing up school with a degree in Philosophy and an M.A. in Sociology--converting my time in the classical world into a music minor. While at the university I also played a bit of jazz for about 3-4 years, and played various folk and traditional music on acoustic and electric guitar.
Outside of guitar I have played piano and bass for around 20 years . After an injury I stopped playing and teaching bass; in the string dept. currently just playing acoustic and electric guitar. My piano playing is more functional, for writing, so while I might be able to sub on some support material, not looking to use the instrument as a main performance tool.

Eventually, I hope to find a tight writing team that can get a mostly original metal act together, with a focus on recording, and potentially touring if things go in the right direction. I am interested in a modern band in the vein of Dream Theater, Disturbed or even a little like Sevenfold; a band that while incorporating outside styles (classical, jazz, funk, even folk or traditional music), falls into the heavier end of metal. Ideally, I would love to find a progressive rock project that incorporated a little of everything; instrumental or vocal. However, open to most heavy end music and hard rock, either acoustically or electric…so feel free to hit me up with your ideas and projects! Oddly enough, I do most of my writing on the acoustic, so would consider something mixing my various rock/jazz/folk/country acoustic chops as well.

I am open to both amateurs and professionals contacting me; I enjoy networking and jamming a bit with all serious musicians. I also am available as a teacher on both acoustic and electric guitar; I am big on technique, reading, and theory…with a focus on practical applications in popular music (mostly metal and rock) rather than purely academic ones.
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May 28 2012
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Gigs played:
50 to 100
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More than 3 times per week
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4-5 nights a week
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True or not, I don't like to give a trite answer--such as "too many to list," so I will give a partial list of my favorite influences:
Classical: Bach (big Bach fan during college), Paganini, Sor, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt (especially his use of folk melody), R. Korsakov, Villa Lobos, Tarrega, Barios, Albeniz
Blues/Jazz: S.R. Vaughn, Al DiMeola, John M., Paco D. Lucia,, C. Parker, Coltrane (influenced my sweep picking pretty heavily), Miles Davis, V. Wooten, Bill Dickens, John Pat., Scott Henderson, Joe Diorio.
Rock/Metal/Contemporary: Beatles, Stones, Zeppelin, Hendrix, Cream, Black Sabbath, Nazareth, C. Santana, Solo Ozzy, Dio, Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, Testament, Savatage, Dream Theater (very big influence), Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold (really only their heavier stuff), all of the Bach rock/Fusion metal school of shredders--especially J. Becker and Vinnie Moore, Joe Satriani, Vai, J. Loomis, R. Cooley, Z. Wilde, Alex Skolnick,and J. Petrucci

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Guitars (only 3 right now): Ibanez 1998 550 custom (S. Special and an Air Norton), Ibanez 2011 3550 (Crunch Lab/Liquifire P/U) , Ovation (USA) C779LX.

Conklin Bill Dickens
Ibanez 1205 E

Amp/Sound: Marshal 9200 Dual Mono 200W, Digitech 1101 processor, BBE 362 Maximizer, Furman conditioner, 10 space rack, 280 watt Jet City 333 cab, Control 2 pedal