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I am mainly a songwriter, lyricist, composer. I cannot sing well. So, I am really looking to write for other artists that can sing. I play keyboards/piano and 4 or 5 string bass. I use Finale (full version) with Garritan instruments and instant orchestra to compose with. Currently I am shifting into the realm of battle music, game music. Check out my first Epic one "The Conquerer" in my song list.
I've been playing music since I was 2 years old (since 1966). I started out with pots and pans in the kitchen changing the tones by putting soup cans in them. Weird, but worked. When I was about 3 or 4 I think, my parents got me a recorder which was fun for a while.
In the 4th grade I took trumpet lessons with Jim Kurty and played 1st trumpet in the Brattleboro All-School Elementary Marching Band and concert band (Brattleboro, VT). I continued to play trumpet into high school as 1st, 2nd and 3rd (mostly 3rd) in the BUHS band. I also had the opportunity to play trombone, baritone, tuba, souzaphone, french horn, tubular bells, xylophone, timpany (kettle drums), bass drum and misc. percussion instruments.
After high school I didn't play much other than keyboards. I got my first piano (an 1880 D.W. Karn & Co. upright) around 1982 and started teaching myself. I did take a few months of lessons at the Brattleboro Music Center with Luba Lischynsky. But, I am mostly self-taught.
My life's dream was to master the pipe organ. But, unfortunately almost nobody has one anymore, so finding one to play on is near impossible.
I am working on composing modern classical now and occasionally some rock songs.