Introductions: Who are we??

Just thought It would be a good idea to give a brief biog on who we are, what we do, and how long we have been doing it.

Lee_UK.
Ive been playing guitar since i was 12, im now 42, i played in a school band and got hooked on playing and writing music.
I stopped playing for a while and picked the guitar up again in 1995 and really havent put it down, ive been in various cover bands since 95 and im currently in 2 bands, one is called 'Land' which is a 4 piece originals band, we play our own brand of rock.
My 2nd band is a working covers band called 'The stone monkeys' we have been together for a year and have about 25 gigs a year, we try to keep it down to 2 per month.
I play Lead guitar in the covers band and a bit of lead with Land.
I live on the borders of London in Essex with a wife and 2 kids.
I currently have 22 guitars laying around the house, which are mostly Gibson Fender Rickenbacker and Tokai.
Amps, i have a few, Hiwatt, THD, Peavy, Marshall, I mainly use the Hiwatt head with a home made 2x12 cab loaded with Celestion vintage 30's, i use the Peavy Bandit as a backup amp, i mainly use my Gibson SG or my Gibson Les Paul for live work, i used to use an array of pedals for effects, but i found the rig broke down a lot, either battery problems or actual pedals breaking down, so i now use a Vox Multi effects unit with a valve preamp, and its fantastic.
Ive been posting on this board a while now, probably the longest serving poster, and im now a Moderator.
Anyway, thats me.

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Thanks for listening, 1b. My buddy Toby who plays drums on that track did that drum intro - totally spontaneous and not how we've ever done it before (or after, for that matter), but I love it. My brother is playing bass, and I really like how he plays bass on that song. Our friend Paul Johnson is on lead guitar - a fantastic guitarist. This particular track is a little fast, to be honest, but worthy of being online I think. The vocals aren't very loud either, but this version was recorded live on a Zoom MSR1266 DRS in a basement of a friend's house while jamming one night, so fwiw, it's not all that bad, I guess.

FYI - the 2nd & 4th songs were recorded live last August at a party we throw each year in a field in Scarborough, Maine, with a band that unfortunately no longer exists.

The 3rd song, probably my favorite, was also recorded live around the same time Fire Back was recorded (somewhere between March & June of 2004) and with the same group of folks.

shakedown_04092 wrote:
Well, my turn, I guess.

Anyways, I am 27, have been playing for almost 7 years, and playing lead for about a year and a half.uote]


I didn't see the myspace link.
Good music and excellent playing!!

Play 24 hours a day and enjoy your instruments, before it's too late.
....Life is so strange sometimes...you are 27, I am 45 and I must quit music , maybe definitely due to the last "friend" I met two weeks ago => "polyarthrisis" ; It took time to write this reply because I am unable to move the fingers of my right hand.
You can trust me I'll never forget that term for the rest of my life!

acoustica1 wrote:
shakedown_04092 wrote:
Well, my turn, I guess.

Anyways, I am 27, have been playing for almost 7 years, and playing lead for about a year and a half.uote]


I didn't see the myspace link.
Good music and excellent playing!!

Play 24 hours a day and enjoy your instruments, before it's too late.
....Life is so strange sometimes...you are 27, I am 45 and I must quit music , maybe definitely due to the last "friend" I met two weeks ago => "polyarthrisis" ; It took time to write this reply because I am unable to move the fingers of my right hand.
You can trust me I'll never forget that term for the rest of my life!

Thank you for sharing, and also taking the time to listen & write back; I am sorry to hear about that...I haven't heard of it before but I assume it's a form of arthritis? Keep your chin up - there will be something that you will find that will take the place of your love for playing. :)

I enjoy listening to many clips but, Guy, are you seriously saying you have an injury that may prevent you playing? That would be a tragedy both for you as a player and me as a listener. Your style and compositions are first-rate. I hope you have a good prognosis.

Thanks my friends
Well...about the right hand, I have lost 40 percent of the speed.

So I try with the others 60 percent to write musics for tv-series......I am not sure that it could be of interest for anyone :D =>
http://guitarlover.free.fr/tv-series.mp3

....sample dedicated to UK members!! :wink:

Hey Acoustica, really sad news. Hopefully you'll be able to find ways to adapt your style. Are you a righty or lefty? I assume it's your picking hand. Is it stabalised at 40%?
Sorry to hear about this, hope you find a way to work with it.

Tim

I had no idea from your playing that you had lost some ability in your hand, certainly doesn't show in your recordings, hope you work something out, you have a great talent.

1bassleft wrote:
I hope you have a good prognosis.

I had a MRI 2 days ago, so I know exactly what is wrong :
http://www.allaboutarthritis.com/AllAboutArthritis/layoutTemplates/html/en/contentdisplay/document.jsp?docID=condition/arthritis/clinicalArticle/cervical_arthritis.xml

(Starts between 40 and 50 years of age......as we are used to say in france: "that's the beginning of the end")

No pain at all in the neck (I would have preferred!!!) , just numbness in the fingers of the right hand (i'm righty).I can use a pick but I am not a big fan.

So, I am waiting for a treatment of steroid epidural injected into the neck.That should work.

Thanks again for your friendly replies.I really appreciate.
I'll be back anyway (even if it takes 10 years to become a virtuose of the flatpicking), just because I didn't record yet all my ideas !!

Anyone knows a good chinese guitar website? My "olympic games theme" is for sale.....I hope they won't tell me that sounds celtic!!! :D

http://guitarlover.free.fr/Pekin2008.mp3

Well, Guy. Cervical arthritis is certainly unpleasant. If it is any consolation, you are fortunate to be French. In Britain it would probably take one million years to be diagnosed; from your fossil records. MRI scans are more limited over here. An epidural steroid is probably the quickest "shock therapy" and, although I hate to say it, you need to help yourself by limiting activities such as hunching over a keyboard typing messages.

Instead, you should be drinking red wine, sat in a warm Jacuzzi having your neck gently squeezed by the thumbs of a bikini-clad cutie. Even if the health benefits take a while to work, it's a heck of a good prescription.

Keep sending short messages with nice acoustic clips to let us know how you're progressing :)

I'm back guys!!!!

http://guitarlover.free.fr/.back.to.USA.mp3

Inspired by my vacation in California and recorded today.

....hope you like.

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