Playing Since: 2005
Experience Level: Purty Good
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Occupation: Musician, Musical Instrument Technician
I built my fiddle from a Stewart MacDonald kit. I've built one from scratch also, and I'm working on a second one. I also play guitar, bass( both varieties), banjo, mandolin, dobro, pedal steel, lap steel, cello, piano, and harp(straight & cross).
Vassar Clements, Byron Berline, Michael Cleveland, Jim Van Cleve, Gid Tanner & the Skillet Lickers, Kenny Baker, Jay Unger & Molly Mason, Mark O'Connor, Chubby Wise, Henry Reed.
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Last Visit 7/29/2015
Lemme see, here. I started out as a child (rim-shot). My first instrument was a guitar, which I got at age 12--late by most standards. I took three years of lessons, then joined my first rock band at age 16. Then the Folk Music revolution arrived in about 1961, and I went back to acoustic guitar throughout the sixties, playing in coffee houses and jamming with the Folklore grad students at Indiana University, including Richard Blaustein, Peter Aceves, and Neil Rosenberg. Through them I became steeped in fiddle tunes and soaked up Jimmie Rodgers, the Carter Family, Gid Tanner, Riley Puckett, Doc Boggs, Doc Watson, etc. . I slid into blues in about 1967--added it really--learning blues harp and picking up on Brownie McGee & Sonny Terry, Little Walter, Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, and others. In 1973 I learned to tune pianos, which has allowed me to keep playing music as at least a part-time professional ever since. In the mid-70s I began to play rock and fusion in bands again, playing with Michael Brecker very briefly, and becoming the quintessential opening act. As the 70s drew to a close I began learning and playing pedal steel and jazz guitar. The 80s and 90s were a long period of hibernation. During that time I only played parties. My wife is a singer and pianist, so I became her bass player. I also learned how to do a pretty good impersonation of a lounge pianist, so I did some solo work at parties and receptions. I released one CD called Piano Improvisations (available on iTunes and CDBaby) during this period and played guitar and bass in a couple a jazz combos. I decided to take some cello lessons after the turn of the century, and as fate would have it, a violin fell into my hands. I was immediately smitten. I relearned all the old fiddle tunes I'd played in the 60s and learned a whole lot more, picking up some Irish ones along the way. During this time I began to make instruments, and I'm still building fiddles, banjos, dulcimers, and lap steels. I also went back to playing in bands as the designated multi-instrumentalist. Currently I'm jamming on fiddle and banjo with Friends of Banjo (www.oldtimebanjo.com), learning new fiddle tunes and flirting with the idea of teaching.
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