Tom G NJ
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SEEKING

Band to Join, Vocalist, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Violin, Trumpet, Keyboard, Piano, Cello.

ABOUT

(Updated December, 2018) Experienced guitar player, recreational: keyboards, bass, mandolin, and cello.
Looking to join or start a band, or just play for fun. The challenge is to pick songs with melodies and harmonies that are interesting for the band, that are not the same played out songs everyone else covers, but people listening say: "I love that song!" Lately this has yielded songs by: The Cars, Doobie Brothers, Electric Light Orchestra, Foreigner, Queen, Squeeze, .38 Special.
I'm a capable lead guitarist but it doesn't matter to me who plays the solos. If there's a prominent keyboard part, I'll break off from guitar and play that (Feels Like The First Time) or add mandolin lines (Boogie With Stu, Country Roads). I sing a little, but in a lower pitch range (Space Oddity).
Looking for a new project in one of these areas:
1. Currently playing in a semi-active acoustic duo with another guitarist. Looking for a third member to share instrumentals or vocals, male or female, 30s-60s, preferably someone who also plays something other than guitar (keys, bass, strings, percussion, etc.), who wants to play out now and then but isn't too serious about it. We do acoustic versions of 70s and 80s mainstream rock and pop, including songs by the bands listed below. We occasionally perform at Bars, Cafes, Parties.
2. Replace the guitarist who left your existing band. Learn harmony parts, some rhythm, some solos, with tasteful use of flanger, reverb, overdrive (not extreme distortion that drowns out everything else). Have equipment, transportation, reliable, etc.
3. Jam locally for fun. Especially: Warren, Watchung, Basking Ridge, Bridgewater, etc. Send me your list: Classic rock, pop, strum-a-longs, unfinished originals, and we'll get some people together and play them.
I uploaded a link to a short "video montage" (taken with someone's phone) that gives some idea of what I sound like. (Yes, I know, the other guy is pretty good.)

Screen name:
Tom G NJ
Member since:
Jul 17 2009
Active within 1 week
Level of commitment:
Moderately Committed
Years playing music:
25
Gigs played:
50 to 100
Tend to practice:
2-3 times per week
Available to gig:
1 night a week
Most available:
Nights

Influences

Influences to my guitar style: Tony Iommi, Ritchie Blackmore, Brian May, David Gilmour
Bands I appreciate:
>Classic Rock: Beatles, Boston, Bowie, BTO, Cars, Cheap Trick, Alice Cooper!, ELO, ELP, Foreigner!, Grand Funk, Grass Roots, Jethro Tull, Kinks, Moody Blues, Pink Floyd!, Queen!, R.E.O.Speedwagon, Rush, Santana, Squeeze, Sweet, .38 Special, Traffic, Bonnie Tyler, UFO, Uriah Heep, Wings.
>Hard Rock/Metal: Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Led Zeppelin
>Halloween songs: Monster Mash, Purple People Eater, etc., or any song with a Vincent Price monologue (Alice Cooper's "Devil's Food/The Black Widow" or Michael Jackson's "Thriller").
>Acoustic: America, Beatles, Jimmy Buffett, John Denver, Eagles, Paul Simon, Cat Stevens

If interested, please email: tgorski1 (at) optonline (dot) net
for song list (or send me yours).

Instrument experience:

Rhythm Guitar:
Advanced
Lead Guitar:
Advanced
Acoustic Guitar:
Moderate
Mandolin:
Moderate
Vocalist - Baritone:
Intermediate
Keyboard:
Intermediate
Cello:
Beginner

EQUIPMENT

Guitars, Amps, Effects. Too many tab books.
Electric Keyboard for simple organ chords and synth lines.
Electric Bass, in case no one else wants to play bass that day. (Ha!)
Mandolin: Wagon Wheel, Losing My Religion, and old Zeppelin.
Cello: Here Without You (3 Doors Down), Yesterday (Beatles), etc.
Toy xylophone, harp. Rain stick and sheet of aluminum for cool thunder and lightning sounds - "What is this, that stands before me?!"