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Old 08-20-2013, 05:15 PM   #1
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Hey! Alright, who plays an instrument? What do you play? What's your setup? Do you do gigs, or a devoted hobbyist or student? Let's get to know each other! Oh, and show us your axe!

I'm Taylor, I've been playing the alto sax for 7 years now. The Yamaha Custom EX was a graduation present and I couldn't be happier with it! Since I doubt a lot of people are saxophonists, I'll leave out the details of my setup I'm currently in my college's jazz band and hope to make a career out of it. I devotedly play at my church! Love the sax! And I recently started learning piano in an effort to get multi-versed in different instruments.

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Guess there aren't any...

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*raises hand*

I've been a guitar player for over 3 decades, spent a few years as a music major (trumpet), I'm currently in 3 bands, and gig 2-3 times/ month.

Some of my 'toys':





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P.S. Are you a Sinfonian?


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Now we get the ball rolling! Wish I could play brass. And I wish I was at that spot where I land gigs! Soon enough I guess. That was some solid playing in the video! And no sir I'm not a sinfonian.

I had to kind of wipe the drool off my shirt after looking at those pictures
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I had to kind of wipe the drool off my shirt after looking at those pictures
And that's just SOME of my gear... I've been at this a long time, lol.

My main horns are a Kanstul 991B and a '78 LA Benge 5X that I've had since HS. Guitars... I've got over 30 of 'em

FWIW, If you're in the college jazz band, you're probably already good enough to sit in with a LOT of gigging acts. Heck, I'm nowhere near as good on the trumpet as I was back in 'the day'!


P.S. If you're looking to build your improv chops and have a copy of 'The Real Book', here's a link that you might enjoy

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I play guitar. I love and play trop rock. That's a genre inspired by Buffett/Chesney/reggae and the like.
I'm not doing any gigs yet but recording some songs.
I've been playing for years but recently when I heard a bout a song contest, I decided to enter and finally record something.
It's for a beachwear clothing line that wanted a trop rock song about island life to represent their brand. Luckily, my song has made it to the top three. You can listen and vote for it here if you like:
http://www.balmypalms.com/index.php?...=111&Itemid=83
My song is called Balmy Palms (In an Island Song) by Michael Williams.
I also play the steel drum on it.
The fact that I made it to the top three has made me want to keep at it and pursue it more.
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And that's just SOME of my gear... I've been at this a long time, lol.

My main horns are a Kanstul 991B and a '78 LA Benge 5X that I've had since HS. Guitars... I've got over 30 of 'em

FWIW, If you're in the college jazz band, you're probably already good enough to sit in with a LOT of gigging acts. Heck, I'm nowhere near as good on the trumpet as I was back in 'the day'!

P.S. If you're looking to build your improv chops and have a copy of 'The Real Book', here's a link that you might enjoy

Backing Tracks
The Real Book is the bomb. That's a musician's best friend And man, thanks a lot for the link! I've been needing some backing because none of my friends that I think are worth playing with have the Real Book. And I'm nowhere near the greats. I just love playing and throwing my own style in there. I actually play a lot with my church's youth band... And trust me, trying to make a sax fit in with a large spectrum of rock isn't the easiest thing to do, but dang it's fun! I contribute a lot of my chop strength and ability to hear music to playing in church and not having music lol Where are you located? Maybe we coul get together and record sometime. I'm located in Bama.
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Beach, ya got my vote for sure. That's awesome, man. And hey, I can dig some trop rock. I'm a big Buffet fan. There is a band out there called Sol Driven Train and I wouldn't quite call them trop rock, but there is definitley some beachy roots in there somewhere. I'd start with their song "watermelon" Next time I'm in your area of Florida we'll see if we can get something togetheer. I've always got the sax with me. lol
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Hey that's great SaharaGuy...and thanks for voting. I'm up against a couple of more established guys so any help is great.
I'm gonna have to look up Sol Driven Train. I'm always looking for some new music.
And a sax on a track would be sweet! Buffett has a song called "Saxophones"...Now you got me singing it..LoL!
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Every once in a while I'll notice myself singing licks. It gets a couple of strange looks and I'm just like "...what's the problem?" hahaha

Oh, and apparently there are 3 musicians on the forum
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I think there was a thread before and if I recall correctly, there are quite a few who play music on here.
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Never heard it called trop rock but I finally have a name for it as that is my favorite genre!
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NEW Song Voting
My song is called Balmy Palms (In an Island Song) by Michael Williams.
I also play the steel drum on it.
Good tune, man.... you've got my vote


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The Real Book is the bomb. That's a musician's best friend And man, thanks a lot for the link! I've been needing some backing because none of my friends that I think are worth playing with have the Real Book. And I'm nowhere near the greats. I just love playing and throwing my own style in there. I actually play a lot with my church's youth band... And trust me, trying to make a sax fit in with a large spectrum of rock isn't the easiest thing to do, but dang it's fun! I contribute a lot of my chop strength and ability to hear music to playing in church and not having music lol Where are you located? Maybe we coul get together and record sometime. I'm located in Bama.
You're welcome. I stumbled on those backing tracks a few years ago and try to share them whenever possible. It's a great practice tool.. especially when you don't have a group to jam with.

& I completely understand trying to fit into the whole 'rock band' thing... especially when you're the only horn player in it! Hey, lots of rock tunes have sax solos, at least

FWIW, I'm on the east coast of FL.
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What kind of music? Any kind? I play violin and am in the process of learning the bassoon. I've also played mandolin, soprano sax and am still working on the viola ... I taught myself the basics of piano...but can't really play it...

I play in our community orchestra and with a quartet...so yeah...I'm jammin'...:lol:

That was actually a concern when I purchased the 2-door Sahara...I'm going to be a little inconvenienced going to and from rehearsals, practice sessions, lessons...
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What kind of music? Any kind? I play violin and am in the process of learning the bassoon. I've also played mandolin, soprano sax and am still working on the viola ... I taught myself the basics of piano...but can't really play it...
Quite an arsenal, man. And piano is tough, but with your knowledge of other stuff, it shouldn't be a huge problem to get good! Oh, and all kinds of music are welcome. If you play it, then post it Can you play a mean fiddle as well?

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That was actually a concern when I purchased the 2-door Sahara...I'm going to be a little inconvenienced going to and from rehearsals, practice sessions, lessons...
Hey, you haven't seen cramped untilyou stuff 3 or 4 saxophones in there and people to fill the seats. I've had some interesting moments in the Heep. lol Does your JK have the flip up rear seat?

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So is Beach! We should all three get together.
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So is Beach! We should all three get together.
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I've been teaching myself (YouTube vids and how-to books) to play guitar for the last 6 months... does that count?
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I've been teaching myself (YouTube vids and how-to books) to play guitar for the last 6 months... does that count?
I got started with a book called "The Complete Idiots Guide to Acoustic Guitar" so I think that counts.
I went so far as to put small different colored stickers on the fretboard to help me learn some chords.
G was blue, Bm was red, etc.
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.... I think I'll pass on that one...
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I got started with a book called "The Complete Idiots Guide to Acoustic Guitar" so I think that counts.
I went so far as to put small different colored stickers on the fretboard to help me learn some chords.
G was blue, Bm was red, etc.
I drew them on index cards. Right now I'm at the point of practicing moving from chord to chord, and trying different strumming patterns at the same time. I also run through a couple of scales, and have a couple of easy songs memorized. It's enough to keep my busy, and improving, for the time being.
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While I do fiddle a bit for fun (outside of the classical music I mostly play)...I'd love to get together with a guitar player at some time...having someone chord while you fiddle makes for a fuller 'sound' I think!
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I'm a guitar player and vocalist in a band called the In Between.

Www.theinbetweenmusic.com

My main rig is a 2006 - 1959 les paul custom shop historic played through a Trainwreck Liverpool amp. And I love Scumback speakers and speaker cabinets.

I also am founder and owner of Los Rios Rock School and recording studios....

So if you want to see my gear you can look through the facility section and photo's here...

Www.losriosrockschool.com

The rock school has gotten very busy since we opened it in 2010 so my band has not been able to put out our 2nd album yet! It's killing me! Soon!
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I am actually a saxophone player as well. Well, i guess you could say former since i havent played it since graduating High School. I started Alto Sax back in the fourth grade(due to my name being Kenny G), I never really got way into it, it became more of a hobby except during High School when I was part of the Marching Band. That's where I got more into playing for fun. Im no good technical-wise but i can pick up alot by ear.
My weapon of choice was the Selmer La Voix


I can also do a little piano, but mostly simple covers of popular songs and such.
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Cool thread- Any players out there?
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Ty, that stuff is great. I checked out The In Between's music video and it was definitey awesome! Gonna have to get me an album now. And congrats on landing a song in the A&E show!

Bear, I knew there was another one of us out there The La Voix is a great sax. I love all of selmer's stuff. I had a student horn from them during highschool, and that thing could wail.
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Hmm.... you hang out at The Gear Page much? That rig sounds like 99% of the guys there
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Hmm.... you hang out at The Gear Page much? That rig sounds like 99% of the guys there
Hah! I used to hang out at the Les Paul Forum back in 2005 to 2007. Then I figured out what I needed, got it, and actually started playing it!

Finding your perfect tone and getting your jeep to work and look exactly like you want it too is not to different I'm finding.

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Hah! I used to hang out at the Les Paul Forum back in 2005 to 2007. Then I figured out what I needed, got it, and actually started playing it!
LPF was my 2nd guess... lol.

Glad to hear that you're not one of the many 'flavor (tone) of the month' sufferers that I've seen around the 'net ...

I get so sick of seeing guys spend 6 grand + on a new LP R9 & immediately throw hundreds MORE into it doing upgrades only to find that a run-of-the-mill LP standard had the tone that they were looking for all along.

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Too true!
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We could be the next
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Are you serious??!! I've never known anyone other than my family who knows of Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas. That's awesome!

Back in the day I used to be ok on the ol' Trombone. Jazz band in HS, marching band in college. Haven't picked the poor thing up more than a dozen times in as many years since. My chops are for sh*t nowadays.
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I get so sick of seeing guys spend 6 grand + on a new LP R9 & immediately throw hundreds MORE into it doing upgrades only to find that a run-of-the-mill LP standard had the tone that they were looking for all along.

Too true!
Well- I totally replaced the pups, wiring, pots, and caps on both of mine! :0.

BUT- I found what I loved and stopped! Thanks God.

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