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Band to Join, Vocalist, Vocalist - Bass, Vocalist - Tenor, Vocalist - Soprano, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Other Percussion, Violin, Keyboard, Piano, Background Singer, Banjo, Fiddle, Vocalist - Alto.

ABOUT

Been playing a while. Good rhythm guitarist. Enjoy playing some leads. Like working with a second guitarist and enjoy double harmonic leads. Transportation and reliability not a problem. Background: My name is Rich and I'm a lead/rhythm guitarist who dabbles in keyboards as well. I can sing backup and some lead vocals (if my voice is suited to the song). I have a rather low to mid natural range, but I can sing high falsetto too. I live in Reisterstown, MD and I have a ton of pro gear.
There are no personality issues. (It has been my experience in bands that getting along with fellow musicians is very important in order for the band to work - maybe more important than the musical stuff!) I've been playing for a long time and been in bands starting in my early teens. I've played A rooms to arenas to outdoor festivals to small clubs and I have lots of gigging experience. I have opened for several national acts. I work as a professional in a day job. Reliable transportation is not an issue.

Now on to the important stuff...

I am strongly rooted in the classic rock genre and have lots of experience playing that. (It is my expectation that any band I become a part of also shares this commitment to playing danceable classic rock as its mainstay.) I am also interested in doing some high range vocal classic/progressive stuff like Rush, Yes, Triumph, Styx, Journey, etc. I've also played some metal in bands. I'm not currently a great shredder or a tapper, but I'm moving (taking lessons) to become more proficient at that skill set. I enjoy being in two guitar bands and can share lead/rhythm duties (no ego). I think that it is important that the 2 guitarists in a band are compatible and complement each others' style musically. I also think that it is important that they get together outside of the band to work on getting double harmonic leads (which I love) right!

If this sounds like what you are looking for, please reply with a current song list and maybe we can hook up. If I hear from you, I can forward an extensive list of songs I've played. (I've played lead on some, rhythm on others, and even keyboards on yet others. I'm not yet at the point where I can sing and play keys simultaneously as I just rather recently picked up playing the keys.

Screen name:
throttlegtr
Member since:
Feb 12 2010
Active within 2 weeks
Level of commitment:
Committed
Years playing music:
50
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
2-3 times per week
Available to gig:
1 night a week
Most available:
Nights

Influences

Favorite thing to play is 1970's classic rock. Influenced by: Rush, Yes, Led Zeppelin, Crack the Sky, Pink Floyd, Triumph and other symphonic bands. I like Southern Rock as well. Can play heavy metal stuff like Priest, Maiden, etc. Prefer not to play modern rock, but can do it if it's on the set list. Not into screamo, R & B, country, Rap or death metal at all. Call me if you think we'd be musically compatible based on what I've written here 605-517-0099.
Now on to the important stuff...

I am strongly rooted in the classic rock genre and have lots of experience playing that. (It is my expectation that any band I become a part of also shares this commitment to playing danceable classic rock as its mainstay.) I am also interested in doing some high range vocal classic/progressive stuff like Rush, Yes, Triumph, Styx, Journey, etc. I've also played some metal in bands. I'm not currently a great shredder or a tapper, but I'm moving (taking lessons) to become more proficient at that skill set. I enjoy being in two guitar bands and can share lead/rhythm duties (no ego). I think that it is important that the 2 guitarists in a band are compatible and complement each others' style musically. I also think that it is important that they get together outside of the band to work on getting double harmonic leads (which I love) right! I will play rhythm, but don't want to make it > 50% of each gig (I prefer lead!)

Instrument experience:

Rhythm Guitar:
Expert
Lead Guitar:
Expert
Vocalist:
Moderate
Vocalist - Baritone:
Moderate
Acoustic Guitar:
Moderate
Keyboard:
Moderate
Piano:
Moderate
Background Singer:
Moderate
Harmonica:
Moderate
Vocalist - Alto:
Moderate

EQUIPMENT

Gear specifics are: I have 3 electric guitars. One is a PRS Custom 24 with a Mc Carry mod that gets both strat and humbucker tones, another is a 40 year old vintage Gibson SG (heavily modified with coil splitters, a phase switch and a hex pickup for synth) and the third is a Godin with on-board acoustic and synth in addition to electric. My favorite is the PRS Custom 24. My main amp is a Kemper Profiler. I also have a keyboard/acoustic guitar amp (Crate) and a practice amp (Roland cube) with 2 iPods (one for lyrics and the other to control the Digitech iPB-10. I also have a device to slow speed but keep the pitch the same – for learning. For effects, I use the digitech iPB 10 and the Profiler as effects are built in to both units. For amps, I use powered 12" monitors that are FRFR My pedal boards (2) have a sonic maximizer stomp, an Ibanez Tube Screamer mini and a TC Helicon vocal FX device with presets. Wahs and other effects come from the iPB 10 and the Profiler which has the foot controller and 4 foot pedals. I also have dedicated volume pedals in both rigs. (One rig is the profiler and the other is the iPB-10.) I have presets saved that can be recalled at the touch of a footswitch to emulate tones of specific songs. For PA gear I have an unpowered Mackie mixer and 4 powered 12" FRFR cabinets (I use 2 as guitar amps in stereo) and have the other 2 available for monitors/mains as the circumstances dictate. I also have three mics, cables and stands and a bank of LED lights. As far as the keyboards go, I have a Yamaha PSR 640 that has a sequencer in it and a midi controller hooked up to an Emu Proteus rack module that is capable of getting good piano, organ (especially B-3) and synth sounds. I also have a Roland GR-55 guitar synth that I can use with the Gibson or Godin, so it can access synth sounds while playing the guitar simultaneously. As stated before, the Godin also has acoustic sounds that can be played together with the synth and electric. Oh yeah, I run the PRS wireless.