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My name is Eddie Anguiano (find me on facebook!). I'm 27 years old. I've been playing guitar since I was 12. I'm looking for two things: an open mic partner and a beginner/intermediate level band. I am available for practice Thursday and Friday Nights. I am available every other day between 3pm and 8pm.
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Open mic partner (all ages welcome):
I've been wanting to play some acoustic originals and covers at local open mics but I am quite shy. I'd like to meet someone who'd want to go with me for support. Basically, I rehearse my songs in front of you and you give me feedback. I do the same for you. Then when we're ready, we go to an open mic and play our set. All skill levels welcome! If you want to play, but don't know how, I will gladly teach. Let me just say that I am not looking for a duet. If you are interested in playing WITH me then read below.
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Beginner band (Ages 21-33):
I'm looking to start (or join) a beginner level band. I'm interested in playing simple, but catchy songs under 3 minutes, especially fast paced songs with a lot of energy. I'm open to any genre, as long as the songs are short, simple, and catchy. I am open to all skill levels, especially beginners. If you don't know how to play very well, I will teach you up to the intermediate level! However, you must have your own instrument and be willing to practice on your own.

What I am not open to are super experts who will feel a beginner band is beneath them. I want to build a band from the ground up, and I'd rather have a complete novice with passion than someone who has lost all humility after gaining some live experience, no matter how extensive. That being said, in case there is any doubt, I am no expert. Also, I am not looking to be a leader, but an equal member of a team, and I am willing to contribute all my faculties as a musician.

Band goals: 30 minute set (add more as we get tighter as a group) > Open Mics and bars (no pay) > Bars and other venues (paid) > Originals (I'd like The Beatles to be the standard for originals. If its not as good as a Beatles song then the song should be further developed) > Demo (3 good songs)> and beyond.

Positions available:
Voice
Bass
Lead Guitar
Drums
Keys (optional)

I have played every role in a band, that is, rhythm guitar, lead guitar, bass, keys, drums, and voice. Again I am willing to teach these roles, but let me add that I cannot teach voice because the vocal cords can be injured if taught improperly. Therefore the only thing I ask for if you are interested in singing is you must be able to comfortably reach A4 without using falsetto (although, we can always transpose songs to a lower key if need be).
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A bit more about me:
I grew up on Rock and Roll and Classical Music. But I am open minded. I like songs across all genres. Reggae, Ska, Punk, Hip Hop, Country, Folk, Latin, World Music, *Blues, Metal, Post Punk, Indie, Alternative, Pop... etc. I live under a rock when it comes to new music, but like I said, I am always open to hearing catchy songs. I love going to local shows too.

Here's some songs off the top of my head that I've ingrained into muscle memory (rhythm guitar):

Iron Man - Black Sabbath
Paranoid - Black Sabbath
Communication Breakdown - Led Zeppelin
Babe I'm Gonna Leave You - Led Zeppelin
Immigrant Song - Led Zeppelin
Heartbreaker - Led Zeppelin
Living Loving Maid (She's Just a Woman) - Led Zeppelin
Over the Hills and Far Away - Led Zeppelin
Rain Song - Led Zeppelin
Moby Dick - Led Zeppelin
Black Dog - Led Zeppelin
Dazed and Confused - Led Zeppelin
How Many More Times - Led Zeppelin
Tangerine - Led Zeppelin
Bring it on Home - Led Zeppelin
Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple
Space Truckin' - Deep Purple
The Trooper - Iron Maiden
Blackbird - The Beatles
Hey Bulldog - The Beatles
Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) - The Beatles
Rocky Raccoon - The Beatles
Cry Baby Cry - The Beatles
I Want You (She's So Heavy) - The Beatles
Sunshine of Your Love - Cream

I am also becoming quite familiar with the Blues, and when I say the blues I mean THE BLUES. (Lightning Hopkins, Howling Wolf, Muddy Waters, B.B. King...)

Songs I wrote and recorded 10 years ago:
suncatmedia.wixsite.com/suncat/songs
(These songs are awful, but I wrote and recorded them when I was 17-21. I have since written a few more and my musicianship is much more refined now.)

I learn everything by ear and although I don't have perfect pitch, I can play along to, if not learn, a song before it ends as long as its not like neoclassical metal or something. I can solo somewhat, but I find it hard to reproduce a solo note for note without days or even weeks of intense practice so I usually either skip solos or come up with my own along the lines of the original track. However, I'd prefer to leave solos to someone who is confident in their soloing ability. I am willing to meet up in person for a demonstration, in a public place of course. I am also willing to send a video demonstration. Just pick a song and I'll do my best though don't expect a master. The highest I'd rate myself is bordering on advanced and that is a generous evaluation.

Rhythm Guitar: Advanced (I can play most things I hear.)
Lead: Intermediate (Somewhere between the guitarist from the Kinks and Jimmy Page)
Bass: Intermediate (anything but slap, funk, and super complex metal stuff really)
Voice: Beginner (I am a baritone. I struggle to reach F4 and start to crack at G4)
Drums: Beginner (basic rock beats)


Even if you are unable to group up, send me your music! I try to show support to local musicians as much as I can. If I really think your stuff is unique I may even recommend it to my friends.

Sorry for the long post!!!

  • do NOT contact me with unsolicited services or offers

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