Greetings from StL!

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Greetings from StL!

Postby abica » Tue Sep 30, 2008 11:33 am

Hi all!

I just found this board, and it looks pretty sweet!

I had an epiphany on Sept 7th, sit down for a little story.

I was out at a yearly charity benefit festival in the Shawnee with a bunch of great bands from the area and tons of great folks. As usual, midnight Saturday rolled around. Two of our crew had their guitars with them, and the neighbors came by for late night dinner.

I like to cook up a huge pot of homemade Indian curry on Saturday nights out at festivals. Brings the whole family home.

So anyway, this one neighbor fellow grabbed a guitar and started busting out some Dead tunes.

A couple hours prior, I was down at the stage and had a passing thought about "someday I need to get serious on the music tip." One of the bands offers to let me sit in on harmonica for a few songs, but I'm out of practice over the last couple years.

The thought returned. This time, it was framed in a big crazy "greater good" feeling I had in my head...hard to see where the heck communal warm fuzzys came from on a night like that, what a mystery 8)

Anyway, on the ride home, I couldn't get it out of my head. Back at home, I couldn't get it out of my head.

So I borrowed an acoustic from my buddy with tons of music equipment, most of which is in our basement. I got that within the week.

So I'm on 2 1/2 weeks of playing 1-4 hours per night now...fingertips looking ratty, but not hurting anymore, chord shapes sticking in my head, etc.

Wow...I'd tried to learn guitar as a kid, never worked. Now I'm 28, and I realized all I needed was some divine intervention and a few tabbed out songs with chord charts to really get it to "click?"

So, I went out and got a Micheal Kelly V5 yesterday. It was the best sounding $200 acoustic in the local store. (No, I refuse to go to guitar center or order an axe online without playing it)

I strung it with elixir extra-lights...man...I'm already thinking "man, this thing needs some beefier strings!"

~~~

Amazing what a little inspiration can do for ya. So far, I'm working through (in order of learning)

Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (Flaming Lips)

Loser

Chan Chan (Buena Vista Social Club / Companyt Segundo)...rocking the chords for an awesome endless jam with the "good" guitarist

And last night I started on Althea- just pickin' it, not gonna do fingerpicking for a while.

~~~

Total gear list at my house:

Acoustics-

Michael Kelly V5 (mine)
Takamine 330

Electrics-

Peavey Predator (mine)
BC Rich mean lookin' metal dude guitar that sounds awesome
Old Yamaha strat clone
2 others I don't remember

Bass-

Rogue plain ol' black bass
Rogue sunburst jazz bass (mine)

Drums-
Toca synthetic djembe (mine- sounds great for not being wood)
Big huge Pearl double bass kit with tons of cymbals and toms

Amps/etc

Crate half stack
Peavy bass amp
Old crusty Ampeg guitar amp that I use for harp
Green Bullet harp mic
8 or so Lee Oskar harps, one in A minor which is sweeeeeeet!

And I guess that's all.

Hehehe anyway, time to start reading things and poking around on this site.

~joe[/img]
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Postby Tennessee Jedi » Tue Sep 30, 2008 11:49 am

Yo !
Welcome !
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Postby spacehead333 » Tue Sep 30, 2008 11:54 am

Welcome my fellow Missourian
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Postby abica » Tue Sep 30, 2008 12:59 pm

Awesome! (Well precisely I'm from Belleville, but "hello from belleville" wouldn't mean much to many)

So hopefully I'll see ya at the summer tour in 09! *crosses fingers*

Going to check out your band link now...

And you might know the festival...TOCO...

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Postby Good Times » Tue Sep 30, 2008 1:28 pm

Welcome and hope you enjoy everything this site has to offer. :smile:
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Postby Chuckles » Wed Oct 01, 2008 1:46 am

abica wrote:Awesome! (Well precisely I'm from Belleville, but "hello from belleville" wouldn't mean much to many)

So hopefully I'll see ya at the summer tour in 09! *crosses fingers*

Going to check out your band link now...

And you might know the festival...TOCO...

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Postby abica » Wed Oct 01, 2008 10:15 am

Awesome!

I've been enjoying the site a whole bunch- I'd be amazed at the depth and breadth, except for, well, it doesn't amaze me because I know how "we" are. :cool:
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Postby tigerstrat » Wed Oct 01, 2008 10:23 am

I rang in the year 2000 at the old pre-fire Cicero's as the guitarist for The Schwag, subbing for both Nick AND Gary. Wound up jamming at like 4am at the after-party as well. St. Louis knows how to party! :cool:
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Postby abica » Wed Oct 01, 2008 11:17 am

Ahh...those were heady days...

If it weren't for The Schwag, I wouldn't be who I am today- I was too young to do dead shows back when they were grateful, and had only albums and bootlegs. Then '98 came along and I found a band that took me through a good 7-8 years of ups, downs, and crazy parties out in the woods.

I really do need to go to a show and check up on the boys sometime- saw a few new old tunes on a recent setlist.

Small world! You probably know the Vitamen A folks too...big family in StL.

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Postby spacehead333 » Wed Oct 01, 2008 11:38 am

Yeah the family are a nice bunch of guys and they do a lot of great things for the music in St. Louis
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Postby Chuckles » Wed Oct 01, 2008 7:51 pm

tigerstrat wrote:I rang in the year 2000 at the old pre-fire Cicero's as the guitarist for The Schwag, subbing for both Nick AND Gary. Wound up jamming at like 4am at the after-party as well. St. Louis knows how to party! :cool:
Small world! My first ever time onstage was at the old Cicero's on a jam night hosted by Johnnie Johnson.

The Schwag formed after I left St Louis (city of blues), but knew Nick from his time in Jake's Leg. Wonder if he's still playing that Travis Bean? He had GREAT Garcia tone and style.
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Postby spacehead333 » Wed Oct 01, 2008 8:38 pm

He ist still playing the Bean. He wants us to open for them sometime, icant wait for that. Anyone going to Phish out of missouri or passing through cuz i might need a ride, if anyone got some extra spots?
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Postby abica » Thu Oct 02, 2008 1:32 pm

If only...I'm so tapped from summer travels I won't get to do anything for a long while...

Oh well, at least I've got my git-tar ;) And my favorite hiking season is upon us, nice and chilly these days in the midwest.

Good ol' old cicero's...
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Re: Greetings from StL!

Postby masonskids » Fri Nov 28, 2008 7:02 am

Hey Now! I too am from Belleville, but am currently living in Singapore! (Been all around the world!) I always check out Jakes Leg whenever i come back home every few years.
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Re: Greetings from StL!

Postby GratefulPat » Fri Nov 28, 2008 8:47 pm

welcome, this place is excellent and btw i just posted a pretty basic loser video in the loser leads thread, check it out :cool:
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