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Late intro from SF Bay Area

rosscoep

Member
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Hey all, I've been here for a little bit now and have yet to introduced myself.
I grew up in San Diego and have lived in the Bay area for since '91. I like all music: Abba to Zappa. I play guitar, bass, and a little keys and drums and know a little about Recording/engineering. Been doing it on a Mac for about 10 years. I've been playing guitar since about 1985, seriously since 94. I studied Jazz at Sonoma State University with Mel Graves. I'm not a good Jazz player but learned a bunch through the study. Also lessons from Randy Vincent. Grew up on rock. Love outside Jazz/avant garde/experimental. My two favorite players are Bill Frisell and Marc Ribot. Favorite singer/ songwriter/all-around genius=Tom Waits. Love Coltrane, Dolphy, Steve Lacey, Beefheart, Sonny Sharrock/ Derek Bailey, almost anything Bill Laswell touches. Have a pretty open mind about most music but really have a hard time diggin' some of the shiny new Country. First Concert was Rush in 1979. Been to many shows. Stopped playing for a few years after a breakup of a duet that left me angry, cold and isolated. I work in mental health. I spent many years imbibing psychotropic substances. Clean for awhile now. I'm gonna study electronics a bit this semester so I can make an amp without killing myself. I've been struck by lightning so I have a very healthy respect for the juice.

I think sometimes we have the tendency argue about intangible and esoteric stuff when it comes to gear/music but I love nice gear anyway. I'm afraid of Guitar Center and love craftsmanship. I think a great deal of tone comes from the fingers and the heart and practice. Nuff said.

I'm digging this place. I don't dig people dumping on others for their taste, or lack thereof. I'm a hypocrite and love telling people they have crap taste but have learned that some people think my taste is crap. I will respect their right to be wrong. Plato said "every person you meet is fighting an uphill battle." Some wisdom there. And yes, Zeppelin does rule!
 

sfarnell

Silver Supporting Member
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Welcome from another Bay Area resident and SSU alumn. I tood a few jazz classes there from Jon Hendricks, the original scat singer, back in the early '70s. I loved SSU when I was there. There was an older guy with a long grey ponytail named Art Hill who taught a class called Humanistic Music. Great class. Learned about STockhausen and experimental composers. At that time we even studied Phil Lesh who put out an album called "Seastones." I also love Tom Waits and Marc Ribot, who I saw play with T-Bone Burnett not too long ago. Tom Waits and I are neighbors. The only thing we disagree about is that i think that there are really good country players out there right now. It occurred to me that a lot of the really good rock and roll guitarists are now playing country music IMO.

Anyway, welcome. I enjoy this place too.
 

rosscoep

Member
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Tom Waits and I are neighbors. The only thing we disagree about is that i think that there are really good country players out there right now. It occurred to me that a lot of the really good rock and roll guitarists are now playing country music IMO.

Anyway, welcome. I enjoy this place too.
It doesn't bother you that he used to have a consulting business in someplace called "In-Do-Neesha"?

I used to live in Forestville.
 

Stevo57

Gold Supporting Member
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Welcome to TGP. I'm in Benicia if your ever in the neighborhood.
Steve
 




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