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I started off playing piano at age 5, switched to a 6-string acoustic guitar at age 12, played a 6-string electric in a rock band while in the navy at ages 17 to 20, switched to a 6-string Gibson and played honky-tonk bars for a couple years after that. Formed a country band at age 35 playing a 6-string Ibanez, then switched to a 12-string Yamaha for several years. Purchased my first arranger keyboard about 20 years ago, sold the guitars, and have been playing arranger keyboards ever since. The arranger allowed me to be a full-time musician/entertainer, which has been my primary source of income for the past 15 years. Most of the time I'm surrounded by wonderful audiences of all ages, they love my playing and vocals, and for the most part I think I have the best job in the world.

I'll be transporting my equipment on the boat for the first time this June, and I hope it holds up to the saltwater environment. Everything is electronic, and everything is quite expensive. Fortunately, when not in use, all the equipment is stored heavy-duty cases. They're not water-proof by any means, but they should provide adequate protection from the elements--at least I hope they do.

The photo below is one taken at a local jewelry store where I've been performing for a huge Christmas sale for the past 8 years.



Here's one of the songs recorded during a live performance at an Italian Restaurant where I regularly play. https://www.box.com/s/tldeu5sm2876ddabb3tr

The big test of the gear will begin October 1, when I sail for Marathon Key, FL where I'll be living aboard and performing at some of the marina Tiki Bars for the ensuing 6 months, then head back to the Chesapeake's upper reaches. Should be fun.

It's really great to see so many forum members who are also musicians.

Great thread,

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I started off playing piano at age 5, switched to a 6-string acoustic guitar at age 12, played a 6-string electric in a rock band while in the navy at ages 17 to 20, switched to a 6-string Gibson and played honky-tonk bars for a couple years after that. Formed a country band at age 35 playing a 6-string Ibanez, then switched to a 12-string Yamaha for several years. Purchased my first arranger keyboard about 20 years ago, sold the guitars, and have been playing arranger keyboards ever since. The arranger allowed me to be a full-time musician/entertainer, which has been my primary source of income for the past 15 years. Most of the time I'm surrounded by wonderful audiences of all ages, they love my playing and vocals, and for the most part I think I have the best job in the world.

I'll be transporting my equipment on the boat for the first time this June, and I hope it holds up to the saltwater environment. Everything is electronic, and everything is quite expensive. Fortunately, when not in use, all the equipment is stored heavy-duty cases. They're not water-proof by any means, but they should provide adequate protection from the elements--at least I hope they do.

The photo below is one taken at a local jewelry store where I've been performing for a huge Christmas sale for the past 8 years.



Here's one of the songs recorded during a live performance at an Italian Restaurant where I regularly play. https://www.box.com/s/tldeu5sm2876ddabb3tr

The big test of the gear will begin October 1, when I sail for Marathon Key, FL where I'll be living aboard and performing at some of the marina Tiki Bars for the ensuing 6 months, then head back to the Chesapeake's upper reaches. Should be fun.

It's really great to see so many forum members who are also musicians.

Great thread,

Gary
Gary,

I will see you there!!! That sounds like a plan. Not sure about the Marathon thing, Key West may have a beter income. Which restaurants are you playing at? How cool!!!

BTW, I thought you were a pro musician.

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I started off playing piano at age 5, switched to a 6-string acoustic guitar at age 12, played a 6-string electric in a rock band while in the navy at ages 17 to 20, switched to a 6-string Gibson and played honky-tonk bars for a couple years after that. Formed a country band at age 35 playing a 6-string Ibanez, then switched to a 12-string Yamaha for several years. Purchased my first arranger keyboard about 20 years ago, sold the guitars, and have been playing arranger keyboards ever since. The arranger allowed me to be a full-time musician/entertainer, which has been my primary source of income for the past 15 years. Most of the time I'm surrounded by wonderful audiences of all ages, they love my playing and vocals, and for the most part I think I have the best job in the world.

I'll be transporting my equipment on the boat for the first time this June, and I hope it holds up to the saltwater environment. Everything is electronic, and everything is quite expensive. Fortunately, when not in use, all the equipment is stored heavy-duty cases. They're not water-proof by any means, but they should provide adequate protection from the elements--at least I hope they do.

The photo below is one taken at a local jewelry store where I've been performing for a huge Christmas sale for the past 8 years.



Here's one of the songs recorded during a live performance at an Italian Restaurant where I regularly play. https://www.box.com/s/tldeu5sm2876ddabb3tr

The big test of the gear will begin October 1, when I sail for Marathon Key, FL where I'll be living aboard and performing at some of the marina Tiki Bars for the ensuing 6 months, then head back to the Chesapeake's upper reaches. Should be fun.

It's really great to see so many forum members who are also musicians.

Great thread,

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Holy crap, I think we have that exact same keyboard! Does great on the boat. Runs off of about 6-8 c/d batteris (I never rmeember) but you can buy a plug in too.

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Gary! Where's your other hand at in the photo?
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I'm a drummer. But it's really hard to bring a 14 piece kit on the boat. I also play the guitar a bit, but mostly chord stuff...not a picker.

My favorite music is jazz fusion, progressive rock, and singer/songwriter stuff.

Oh, and my son is learning the bagpipes. So we'll make quite a combo.
Smacky, I sure hope the combining you have in mind is drums and bagpipes. The very idea of jazz fusion combined with pipes makes my brain hurt!

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I have an Ashton guitar 6 string, a made in Hawaii ukulele (bright red), an harmonica with beginners book which I have yet to read. The missis did have a tambourine and maracas which I managed to get her to take of the boat. The 6 string may have to go as it does take up space and keeping it in tune is a bear. The uke floats and seems to stay in tune longer and the gut strings dont rust,

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I love the sound of bagpipes moving accross a still bay at sunset.
Heh-heh. You haven't heard my 12-year-old playing. Sounds like he's murdering a cat with a duck.

But he's learning.

And Dacap - if Bela Fleck can bring in the freakin' banjo, why not the pipes? And have you never heard Ornette Coleman? Anything could drop into that melee.

Actually, his favorite band right now is The Dropkick Murphys...an Irish punk band. I must admit - they do rock.

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I play drums in a cover band around the Jersey Shore. We try to do covers that kind of make fun of themselves like Lady Gaga's Bad Romance and other pop tunes. I'm not a great drummer, better at other instruments, but we are all friends and I was the "best" drummer of the four so... We have a facebook page with some recordings and videos if you scroll down the timeline. Welcome to Facebook - Log In, Sign Up or Learn More


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Smacker:
Your son could be a virtuoso and half or more of the anchorage would still hate it. He can come and play at the beach shack any time he likes.
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