As I stated last post, my college career brought me back to my original musical instrument. Let me explain. I was 19 and just going into college. I was fortunate enough to know a couple of people at the campus, considering I worked with them a few summers ago at Scranton Tent Rental (tentrentalscranton.com). They were a great bunch of guys who decided that they wanted to start an acoustic rock band similar to the goo goo dolls. At that point, I decided to put down the drum sticks and concentrate on guitar considering I went my own way from my original band. So, we ended up meeting every week at school. My cousin was actually going to college right next to my college and he was in the band with me so it was great to catch up with him. There were 4 of us and we all played acoustic guitar so it sounds really full and we were able to cover most of the guitar parts in all of our favorite songs. It was at that time that we began to start playing events for the schools we were part of. We played charities, bars, and even graduation parties. But there was something missing… some other component. I knew that we were better than just 4 guys playing acoustic guitar and I wanted the whole state to know it. That is when I sat down with our lead singer and spoke with him about going “full band” this would mean we would need to pick up a drummer and convert one of our guitarists to bass guitar. The latter part of that statement was easy, as my cousin decided to pick up the bass… it was finding a drummer that was the hard part. We went through a ton of auditions before we found a decent guy.. or was he? Turns out that we were actually pretty good, and we were making a name for ourselves across the northeast part of the state by playing bars and such. We played for parade day (a St. Patricks day tradition).
Our line up was complete, we had two guitarists, a bassist and a lead singer. I thought that all was well and we would be growing as a band until fate happened…
As we were going through the schedule, we realized that we double booked one Saturday evening. This was unfortunate and we tried to get out of one of the shows to no avail. We ended up having to split up the night, where the singer and I played one place and the bassist, other guitarist and drummer played another. This was the beginning of the end for the original line up. As fate would have it, those three band members would eventually disband and form their own new band, leaving myself and the singer to find a new line up. out of every negative experience, new things can happen.
I remember the band I was in during my high school career and called upon our guitarist to sort of cover for us on bass guitar. The phone conversation went something like “I know you play guitar but I was wondering if you could play bass guitar for us” his response.. “actually I am in college for bass guitar” this was the best outcome I could have imagined. Never the less, Mike joined the band only this time, he was the full time bass player. He is a bass master and we are long time friends to this day. He actually was able to learn about 100 songs in 1 week. A crazy feat! We met a few times and he was ready to start gigging with us. So we were back in business.. only one problem, we needed a drummer… thats next blog…
Lets talk. So my introductory post discussed my love for music of all different genres. Whether it be rock, rap, or anything in between. I also talked about my very first instruments. I was now officially a guitar player. It was a big deal for me and taking lessons actually taught me to be accountable and opened my mind, helped me to be creative. I wanted more that just playing guitar. I wanted to be in a band. I remember being in high school and asking students in my class if they played an instrument. I had to do some searching but eventually I found a couple of guys. These guys were a great group, they were funny and entertaining. There was only one problem… they already had two guitar players. They really needed a drummer. They approached me with this and said they would love for me to pick up drumming. This was a totally different instrument and I spent the last year learning and taking guitar lessons, why would I now play drums? Well, the truth is, that my love for music made me willing to do whatever it took to be in a band. So, I put my guitar down and went back to the music store. I got a really crappy drum set just to start getting my chops and watched dozens of youtube videos of the basics, but never formally took lessons like I did for guitar. Before I knew it, I was ready to play live. The band I was in was a puck rock band so many of the tempos were very fast. It took some time to get quick, but I once again was able to accomplish that goal. I had a lot of fun in my first band and played many different venues. But, at that point my musical skills were not enough to pay the bills, Plus I wanted a better drum set! So, I picked up a part time job in the summer with Scranton Roofing Pros and did some manual labor. The two good things about that job were that it was cash under the table and I would sweat so much that I did end up losing some of the winter weight. I worked my tail off all summer and was finally able to afford a nicer drum set. They were Premiere Cabria Drums and nice blue/purple. The sound I was able to get from that set was magical compared to my previous set. I ended up giving that other drum set away actually. I did some upgrading here and there, bought a nice set of cymbals and improved my skills all through high school. We had more shows here and there but senior year of high school we had a slight falling out and eventually disbanded. We all agreed that it was time to move on to bigger, better things. I was moving away to college and the others wanted to start independent projects. My college career brought me back to the guitar as you will find out in my next post 🙂 keep coming back! talk to you soon!
Hey guys bandit here with my first-ever blog post. This blog is dedicated to everything music. I first would like to say that I’m a 19-year-old guy and for the majority of my life I have spent my time playing all sorts of instruments. Not only is it a great hobby and it helps me grow my mind, it is such a stress reliever. I come home every now and then especially in the summer time (from College). the majority of my time is spent either working for our local tree service or playing electric guitar. I cannot thank my parents enough for buying me my first acoustic guitar it is at that moment that I realized how much I love music and I spent the last 10 years dedicated to this craft. So I guess that’s where I will start. My first-ever instrument was it Gibson Epiphone six string acoustic guitar. I bought it from a local music store in my town and I was very excited about it. The reason why I chose guitar was my best friend had been playing for a couple of years and we wanted to start a band together. I played his guitar couple of times but basically I was afraid of it since it was an electric guitar. He didn’t let me play much so I wanted to buy my own. Six strings acoustic tobacco Sunburst the thing sounded awesome to me and I spent how is ours trying to practice. There were moments here and there where I am most gave it up. I remember getting so frustrated that I went to see my mom and told her my fingers were too large to play she simply laughed at me and said get back in there and practice your lesson. I’m happy she did, had I have given it up I would’ve missed out on so much fun and bonding with other local musicians. My friend and I ended up playing some music together however I didn’t necessarily start a full band with him. He was more into jazz and I was into rock at the time so although we were friends we went our separate ways in regard to music. The next step was finding a band to play with. At this time I’ve been I have been playing guitar for about a year or two and decided it was time. I could not however join a band with that acoustic guitar, I would need an electric guitar. Once again I find myself begging my parents for electric guitar small amp. Finally they caved and I was in possession of my next guitar and Epiphone electric guitar with a double humbucker pick up tobacco Sunburst and in my opinion sounded awesome. I will leave some pics below. All right, got the guitar, time for the band – I’ll save that for the next post. Keep rockin