I’m an engineer by day, but on weekends I’m a guitarist/vocalist. I started playing guitar at age 8, began playing guitar at mass in high school, and have been a liturgical musician ever since. I play a Taylor acoustic 812. Where I am, contemporary music at mass is beginning to wane, and we’re seeing a return to traditional hymns and Gregorian chant. So lately, I’ve been working more on training my voice for those musical styles. I’m also trying to get enough secular music memorized that I could maybe play at a local coffee shop - just something to keep the guitar playing up.
I’m also a huge prog-rock fan (Rush/Yes/Dream Theater are the big three). I just downloaded Dream Theater’s new single, and I can’t get enough. I’ve had a dream of recording a Christian prog CD for several years now. I’ve recorded several tracks, but not being an electric guitarist (and not really schooled in composition), I’m limited in what I can do. I’ve been hoping to find a local Catholic guitar player with the chops to play something approaching Petrucci. - (I don’t expect perfection, but I want it to sound better than a garage band). Anyone know anyone in Phoenix?
Have you heard of Amaze.fm? Talk radio host Hugh Hewitt has created a website where musicians can post their original work. Then people vote on their favorites, and the highest rated song gets played on his radio talk show on Fridays. My hope is to someday make the cut.
Peace - Mike