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Please introduce yourselves.

I am currently with the Smith & Hightower Band, based in Freeport, TX. We play Variety, which includes 70's classic rock, country & western, oldies from the 50's & 60's, modern rock, blues, and jazz. We can play a country song, follow it with something by the Stone Temple Pilots, and after that, do something by Roy Orbison. All of us have been playing for decades ( I started playing in 1967). I am the bass player in the band, but also can play guitar, and I compose music too. Played with a lot of bands and have had fun. Was 2 years with the metal band Viper back in the 80's, and played R&B and Urban Contemporary with a guy named Lowdown Brown for a couple of years too. Last year, I did a couple of short gigs with Widgeon Holland here in Houston. Was invited to go on tour with him, but family and job said no. One thing about musicians - They should never quit their day jobs unless they want their daily diet to consist of corn flakes and Jack Daniels. LOL.

Not good with writing lyrics, but have written the lyrics to 2 pretty good songs. That does not count the thousands of attempts at writing lyrics that ended up in the garbage can, though. LOL. Right now, I play a 5 string Fender J-bass, a Schecter long scale 4 string on occasion, and also own a Charvette 6 string electric guitar. As far as amps go, pretty much Peavey, but have owned Marshall in the past. Peavy is better for bass.

How about the rest of you? :)
 

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I am currently the lead vocalist/growler for a Metal Band, called "Ecce Strages" (shortly renaming to "Asunder") I'm also in the process of joining another band as lead vocalist. Ecce Strages is currently perfecting our 2nd Song, and writing our 3rd one. The band contains a lead vocalist, lead guitarist, rhythm guitarist/vocalist, bassist/vocalist, and drummer.
 

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I've been a guitarist for many years...over 40..and a ukulele player for 8 months. LOL

I play guitar for a band called Joe Camel and the Caucasians...rockabilly, 50's rock. I also play guitar in a trio called DiamondHead at the moment...I hate that name...we do alot of surf instrumentals.

I'm tired of the band scene and am working on doing an acoustic act with one other person...low key...jusy playing numbers that we like, regardless of what the audience wants to hear. I'm to the point now where if I can't play music I enjoy, then it's not worth doing.

I have a 61 SG/Les Paul, a 72 Telecaster Custom, a 69 Gibson Southern Jumbo, a 95 American Standard Strat, a 98 Takamine Acoustic/Electric, an Applause Ukulele, a Harmony ukulele, a Santa Rosa Uke, a Roland JC-120 guitar amp, a Carvin Pa, a Roland digital recorder...various effects pedals and rack mounted equipment..blah blah blah.

I've written about 100 songs so far. My biggest influence has always been the Kinks...I've seen them 3 times, and both Ray and Dave Davies in their solo acts. I had the honor of meeting Ray Davies after a gig and getting his autograph...hope I didn't drool too much standing there with a Rock and Roll legend.

I've also seen the Beatles, Byrds, Rolling Stones, Hendrix, the Doors, Janis Joplin, the Who...and many others too numerous to mention.

Playing music keeps me from subscribing to gun magazines. LOL
 

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I've been playing guitar for five years, trumpet for six years, and I just started to learn how to play the harmonica. I can't sing though, but I try.
 

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I started playing and singing in pubs when I was very young
in the sixties .I have had to give up playing now because of
ill health . But I ended up playing for nearly 40 years first with
bands then solo vocal guitarist. I never considered myself
any good but I had a good time doing it .I still have a
Fender strat, Reckenbacker .Telecaster, Fender Jaz bass.
Being as I grew up in the sixties and remembered the fifties
The beatles always influenced me .I dont live to far from
Liverpool and saw the sixties close up .The group I was
playing with at the time played on the same bill
as the beatles, we met John Lennon backstage and got
his autograph (long since missing now). Its good to see
that young musicians havnt given up
learning to play instruments its all to easy to fall back on
Backing tracks as I did towards the end of my time playing .
I never realised what a talented lot you all are :lol:
Can I have your autographs ?:lol:
 

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Windy said:
I started playing and singing in pubs when I was very young
in the sixties .I have had to give up playing now because of
ill health . But I ended up playing for nearly 40 years first with
bands then solo vocal guitarist. I never considered myself
any good but I had a good time doing it .I still have a
Fender strat, Reckenbacker .Telecaster, Fender Jaz bass.
Being as I grew up in the sixties and remembered the fifties
The beatles always influenced me .I dont live to far from
Liverpool and saw the sixties close up .The group I was
playing with at the time played on the same bill
as the beatles, we met John Lennon backstage and got
his autograph (long since missing now). Its good to see
that young musicians havnt given up
learning to play instruments its all to easy to fall back on
Backing tracks as I did towards the end of my time playing .
I never realised what a talented lot you all are :lol:
Can I have your autographs ?:lol:
You should never give up because of ill health. Playing helps alleviate the effects. The band I am now with (Smith & Hightower) has all kinds of ailments. The lead guitarist has diabetes and lupus. The lead singer was run through with a long knife in Vietnam, and miraculously pulled through. He has had more surgeries than one can imagine (one just 5 years ago). Both are still at it. Our last drummer, before the one we have now, was Geno Casino, Freddy Fender's former drummer. he played with our band until the day he died of congestive heart failure. As for myself, I had a gallstone lodge in a pancreatic duct, and man, that was the worst pain of my life. Still showed up and played the gig. Was pretty sick for a over a week after that. The doctors called me crazy for doing that, so I asked for a second opinion. They then told me I was ugly. **Badaboom**. LOL.

I dont know about anyone else, but when I die, I hope its with a guitar or a bass in my hands. Or my wife (she made me say that) - LOL. :)
 

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danarhea said:
You should never give up because of ill health. Playing helps alleviate the effects. The band I am now with (Smith & Hightower) has all kinds of ailments. The lead guitarist has diabetes and lupus. The lead singer was run through with a long knife in Vietnam, and miraculously pulled through. He has had more surgeries than one can imagine (one just 5 years ago). Both are still at it. Our last drummer, before the one we have now, was Geno Casino, Freddy Fender's former drummer. he played with our band until the day he died of congestive heart failure. As for myself, I had a gallstone lodge in a pancreatic duct, and man, that was the worst pain of my life. Still showed up and played the gig. Was pretty sick for a over a week after that. The doctors called me crazy for doing that, so I asked for a second opinion. They then told me I was ugly. **Badaboom**. LOL.

I dont know about anyone else, but when I die, I hope its with a guitar or a bass in my hands. Or my wife (she made me say that) - LOL. :)
Geez!!...You guys should change your name to "The Dialysis Machines".:cool:
 

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danarhea said:
You should never give up because of ill health. Playing helps alleviate the effects. The band I am now with (Smith & Hightower) has all kinds of ailments. The lead guitarist has diabetes and lupus. The lead singer was run through with a long knife in Vietnam, and miraculously pulled through. He has had more surgeries than one can imagine (one just 5 years ago). Both are still at it. Our last drummer, before the one we have now, was Geno Casino, Freddy Fender's former drummer. he played with our band until the day he died of congestive heart failure. As for myself, I had a gallstone lodge in a pancreatic duct, and man, that was the worst pain of my life. Still showed up and played the gig. Was pretty sick for a over a week after that. The doctors called me crazy for doing that, so I asked for a second opinion. They then told me I was ugly. **Badaboom**. LOL.

I dont know about anyone else, but when I die, I hope its with a guitar or a bass in my hands. Or my wife (she made me say that) - LOL. :)
Thanks for the advice dan..unfortunately I lost my voice (what bit I had )
after the first heart attack (dont know why) it just went ..
I cant stand or hold things for very long either . My guitar plays hell with my back . I still try though . My youngest daughter asked me to play at her wedding I was so proud she asked me .
I do a bit of recording on computer using Cool edit and other Recording software it keeps me going . Anyway you all look after yourselves Chum
keep going Mate .
 

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galenrox said:
I've been playing guitar for about 9 years, which isn't much in comparison to you guys, but that's about half my life. I've been playing bass for about 6 or 7 years, and I dabble in piano, and I can play some **** on that, but in comparison to most I suck.
I played in a couple bands around Chicago, and a few got pretty well known, Slave Revolt, Los Comendantes, Brodieman (we did pretty well on the mp3.com skate punk charts, once we were higher on the charts than Lagwagon, which was amazing for us, especially considering that we sucked!), and ELF which turned into The Infected, who are real big in the street scene now.

Now I'm working on a solo album under the name Galen Fantastic and the Shark Lasers. I'm amazingly untalented when it comes to playing instruments, but I make up for it by having friends who are a lot more talented, and I'm a pretty good lyricist.
I would love to hear some of the stuff you guys do Great going Galen
and you Dan :lol:
 

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danarhea said:
Please introduce yourselves.

I am currently with the Smith & Hightower Band, based in Freeport, TX. We play Variety, which includes 70's classic rock, country & western, oldies from the 50's & 60's, modern rock, blues, and jazz. We can play a country song, follow it with something by the Stone Temple Pilots, and after that, do something by Roy Orbison. All of us have been playing for decades ( I started playing in 1967). I am the bass player in the band, but also can play guitar, and I compose music too. Played with a lot of bands and have had fun. Was 2 years with the metal band Viper back in the 80's, and played R&B and Urban Contemporary with a guy named Lowdown Brown for a couple of years too. Last year, I did a couple of short gigs with Widgeon Holland here in Houston. Was invited to go on tour with him, but family and job said no. One thing about musicians - They should never quit their day jobs unless they want their daily diet to consist of corn flakes and Jack Daniels. LOL.

Not good with writing lyrics, but have written the lyrics to 2 pretty good songs. That does not count the thousands of attempts at writing lyrics that ended up in the garbage can, though. LOL. Right now, I play a 5 string Fender J-bass, a Schecter long scale 4 string on occasion, and also own a Charvette 6 string electric guitar. As far as amps go, pretty much Peavey, but have owned Marshall in the past. Peavy is better for bass.

How about the rest of you? :)



I've played the Alto Saxaphone for three years and the guitar for one. I really would like to start a band.
 

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I've been playing guitar for about 10 years and bass for about five years. I enjoy the bass more, but I do a lot of my songwriting on my guitar. I mess around with piano, but it would be safe to say that I suck. I am currently in a band called The Crimson Flames, and we play mostly original stuff, but we sometimes play Jimi Hendrix, Tom Petty, Oasis, SRV...along those lines when we play covers. I currently play a Geddy Lee Fender Jazz bass (love it!!) and I have a 72 Fender musicmaster short scale bass, and a really cheesy Epiphone Viola bass (hofner rip-off, and my first bass). I use my Crate 50w for practice, but use an SWR 100w for shows. I want to get one of those big Ampeg stacks for shows, but the budget won't allow for it right now...you know how it is, there is always more and better stuff to get :) Here is our website:http://www.the-crimsonflames.com
 

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i am 16 years old, i write my own songs, sing them. i can play the keyboard/piano, clarinet, guitar, drums, basically anything. i don't have a band but i play in the band at school, i do improv sometimes. i love to sing to other songs to see what style works best for me.
 

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i'm 21 and play bass. i've only been playing since christmas. i had played guitar for 2 years but i like bass better. i'm hoping to get a band started. if anyone lives near franklin, va, let me know! LOL
 

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Butterfly78 said:
I've been playing guitar for about 10 years and bass for about five years. I enjoy the bass more, but I do a lot of my songwriting on my guitar. I mess around with piano, but it would be safe to say that I suck. I am currently in a band called The Crimson Flames, and we play mostly original stuff, but we sometimes play Jimi Hendrix, Tom Petty, Oasis, SRV...along those lines when we play covers. I currently play a Geddy Lee Fender Jazz bass (love it!!) and I have a 72 Fender musicmaster short scale bass, and a really cheesy Epiphone Viola bass (hofner rip-off, and my first bass). I use my Crate 50w for practice, but use an SWR 100w for shows. I want to get one of those big Ampeg stacks for shows, but the budget won't allow for it right now...you know how it is, there is always more and better stuff to get :) Here is our website:http://www.the-crimsonflames.com
Here is something funny. Geddy Lee usually played a Rickenbacker. I used to own one. It was a fretless, with dual outputs for stereo. With a footswitch and 2 amps, you could make the sound move across the stage. Loved it, but only used it on one song during the nights when I was playing it. The song was Hey You by Pink Floyd.

Also owned a Hofner. Paid $400.00 for it back in 1969, but did not like the hollow body sound, and the fretboard was too short for my taste. Also, the strings were too close together for my taste. I sold it after about a month. Kicked myself in the ass years later when a Hofner in mint shape became worth a few grand. LOL.

For show, what you get are several Marshall full stacks with nothing in them except the on-off light. Looks great, but the real sound comes through the board to the PA. That used to be the standard for metal back in the 80's. LMAO.
 
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Hoot said:
I have a 61 SG/Les Paul, a 72 Telecaster Custom,
See Hoot, I knew we could bond, got a 72 Telecaster Custom myself. Has a Wermouth neck on now since I wore out the original and haven't been able to get it to Roger Fritz for a rework. Let's see and a Gibson ES-347, Standard Strat, Ovation Balladeer (first model S/N 0000265) and a Bob Wier model Alverez-Yari. 70 Fender Champ, 72 Peavey Duce, 97 or 98 Peavey Ultra Tube 112, Kustom Acustic amp.



an Applause Ukulele, a Harmony ukulele, a Santa Rosa Uke,
We had an excellent musician on a stage at a festival I worked this weekend. He played a knock out version of Strawberry Fields on a uke SOLO.

I've written about 100 songs so far. My biggest influence has always been the Kinks...I've seen them 3 times, and both Ray and Dave Davies in their solo acts. I had the honor of meeting Ray Davies after a gig and getting his autograph...hope I didn't drool too much standing there with a Rock and Roll legend.
Got to sit down and talk with Elvin Bishop Saturday night, great guy! And the new Grand Funk Railroad (well base and drummer original), Widespread Panic was a bunch of jerks, at least thier road manager and probably my last time to speak with BB, he's really starting to slow down.

Playing music keeps me from subscribing to gun magazines. LOL
You just need to combine the two interest into a custom job!
 

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>>I've been playing guitar for about 9 years, which isn't much in comparison to you guys, but that's about half my life. I've been playing bass for about 6 or 7 years<<

You know the difference between guitar players and bass players don't you?
 

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Stinger said:
>>I've been playing guitar for about 9 years, which isn't much in comparison to you guys, but that's about half my life. I've been playing bass for about 6 or 7 years<<

You know the difference between guitar players and bass players don't you?
Bass players are failed guitarists? I have played guitar and bass for 18 years. I am a failed guitarist. lol I have played in classic rock bands, blues bands, and heavy metal bands. My last band did all original gigs and Pantera tribute gigs(that's where the money is). I got married and now I don't play in a band anymore.

Carvin bass, Jackson guitar, Carvin amp, Ampeg 8x10 cabinet. Alesis quadraverb. Marshall Amps rule!!!

What do you call someone who hangs out with three musicians?

















A singer.:rock
 

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You know the difference between guitar players and bass players don't you?



independent_thinker2002 said:
Bass players are failed guitarists?
Noooooooooooooo, they can always get a job!


Carvin amp
Which one?

What do you call someone who hangs out with three musicians?

Hmmmmmmmmmmmm I give.
 

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10 year old 300W amp, scroll down in my post for the answer, or ican just tell you here.

A singer:rock
 

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Stinger said:
See Hoot, I knew we could bond, got a 72 Telecaster Custom myself. Has a Wermouth neck on now since I wore out the original and haven't been able to get it to Roger Fritz for a rework. Let's see and a Gibson ES-347, Standard Strat, Ovation Balladeer (first model S/N 0000265) and a Bob Wier model Alverez-Yari. 70 Fender Champ, 72 Peavey Duce, 97 or 98 Peavey Ultra Tube 112, Kustom Acustic amp.
Gee...I'm married...I don't have enough money to buy all the stuff I want! LOL Yeah...the 72 Tele....with the humbucker in the rhythm position...and a regular Gibson-type toggle switch...paid $300 for it back in the late 70's! A good friend of mine who deals in used guitars told me not to take it out on gigs anymore...that's when I bought the '95 Am. Std Strat, which is now 10 years old, but it can be replaced...let's face it, our Teles are now 33 years old!

Wow...the Alvarez-yari...very nice....and the little champ...makes me think of all the equipment that has passed through my fingers down the years...oh well.

I have a small Peavey Decade practice amp, and as I said the Roland JC-120...which I love ( traded in a Twin for it..I know...dumb move)...but now I'm getting to the point where I want an amp that doesn't weigh 65 pounds! A nice little 30 watter...with one 12"...that would be great....sigh.

Stinger said:
We had an excellent musician on a stage at a festival I worked this weekend. He played a knock out version of Strawberry Fields on a uke SOLO.
That sounds killer...I'm still trying to learn a Jake Shimabukoru version of 'While My guitar Gently Weeps' on the uke...get this....it took me 2 months to realize a ukulele is tuned just like the first 4 strings of a guitar! ( different pitch, of course, but relationship wise..the strings are the same) I thought I was learning all new chord shapes....ROTFL.....Doh!

Uke is just so easy and portable and a fun uplifting little instrument...my wife keeps asking if I'm ever gonna play guitar again....haha!

Stinger said:
Got to sit down and talk with Elvin Bishop Saturday night, great guy! And the new Grand Funk Railroad (well base and drummer original), Widespread Panic was a bunch of jerks, at least thier road manager and probably my last time to speak with BB, he's really starting to slow down.
Wow...that's pretty cool...Ray Davies is pretty much the only famous musician I've met...I was in awe!

Stinger said:
You just need to combine the two interest into a custom job!
It's a shame...I haven't played for two days now...always something I have to do in the evening...being a home owner and all that...If I just didn't have to work 40 plus hours a week!

That's why I try to limit my internet time...too consuming...so thanks for the info Stinger...no hard feelings about our Clinton V Gore tiff. Hey, my best friend is a bass player...and he's a die-hard republican, so we never discuss politics.....Haha!

I didn't know it was possible to be a musician and be a conservative??!!

Isn't that against the code? LOL
 
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