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Male, 22, from Grundy, VA
I'm here to brag about my jazz bass and chew bubblegum (and I'm all out of gum). Oct 6, 2018
- Squixter was last seen:
- Jan 23, 2019
- Aug 23, 1996 (Age: 22)
- Home Page:
- Grundy, VA
- Church Musician, Amateur Songwriter, Student
- Current Setup:
- 2016 Fender American Professional Jazz Bass, Ampeg BA-210v2.
- Favorite Genres:
- Favorite genres are classic rock, classic/modern prog and jam band. Favorite bands currently include (but are not limited to): The Who, Yes, Rush, the Beatles, Amplifier, Haken and Umphrey's McGee.
- Gigs and Ensembles:
- Strings of Hope, Skeeter and the Monotones (a joking name for my solo act).
- Previously Owned Gear:
- Gretsch 5442BDC Electromatic Short-Scale, Fender Squier Affinity 5-String Jazz Bass and an Epiphone Thunderbird (all traded for better equipment). At one point, I had an EHX Epitome and an MXR DI+ Distortion box, though both were also traded in (with the Squier) for a Line 6 Firehawk FX. I also had a Line 6 LowDown 400 combo amp, but I traded it for an Ampeg combo that was lighter.
- G.A.S. List:
- Gibson Thunderbird IV, 1973 Rickenbacker 4001, Ampeg SVT 8x10 (or 4x10/2x12 either-or) cab with a classic SVT head (SVT-3 would also do). Next immenent buy is a Fender P-Bass (of which three models have piqued my interest).
- Influences and Teachers:
- I'm classically-trained and can read music. (I played trumpet for seven years through middle and high school.) My biggest influences are John Entwistle, Paul McCartney and Geddy Lee. (Entwistle by the widest margin.)
(TL;DR: Hey. I'm Skeeter. I'm a John Entwistle fanboy. Goodbye.)
- Hobbies and Interests:
- Outside music, I'm a Christian, an avid gamer, history enthusiast and a massive Trekkie. One of these days, I'm gonna' be a History teacher and harp about music to uninterested teenagers.
To start, I've been playing music (in regular practice) for about eleven-ish years. I started on the trumpet, though after high school, my services were not really in demand. Before I started playing, I had been a fan of the Beatles and found Paul McCartney's melodic style as an early inspiration. So, I picked up the bass.
At this point, I've developed my playing and musical style from a number of influences. I would have to say Entwistle was the biggest influence on my playing (and the biggest reason I stuck to bass), though it would take pages to describe. I've never played the bass really "by-the-book" and tend to write my own parts for songs I'm not satisfied with. Owing to a paraphrased quote from the late, great John Entwistle, it's a bass guitar. Why not play it that way? My composition style owes to a number of childhood influences stemming from classic rock, southern rock and a little country, and it bridged over to heavier influences with a little bit of 60s influences picked up as an adult.
Currently, I'm the proud owner of a 2016 Fender American Professional Jazz Bass and am looking to get my sound rig in order with a set of Ampeg amps (though I'm tempted to go with Hartke or GK in the meantime before that end goal). I'm also (essentially) a touring member of a gospel group called Strings of Hope. (Believe it or not, my play style meshes very well with that of our guitarist. We're unorthodox, and I like it.)
I tend to record at home on occasion under the name Skeeter and the Monotones, but the name is mostly a running gag for myself. (No actual group has ever materialized with this name, and I don't expect anyone touring with me to share my sense of humor.)
If you read all the way through this, I appreciate your diligence and appreciation for minute detail. See you on the forums!