Schmex 7


Louisville US   Jan 16

Artist Bio

Influences:   Bela Bartok, Jeff Beck, Patty Larkin, Geddy Lee, Chris Thile, Tool

I started playing accordion at age 5, apparently didn't show much interest in playing music. Took up cornet at age 10 for about a year. Took some piano lessons at age 14, and then everything changed. I saw Uriah Heep on television. Mick Box was running around playing his guitar and sliding across the stage on his knees.

I said to myself, "I'm going to learn how to do that". I spent the next 8 years or so playing guitar every day of my life.

I played in some bands, mostly doing my originals, and I realized I had lots to learn about composition, and went to the University of Louisville School of Music. I was the second guitarist they ever admitted as a student. (The dean at the time was sponsoring an exchange student from Italy whose instrument was classical guitar....ergo, I was the second guitarist they allowed in.)

I studied composition, with an eye toward writing scores for bad movies and television. I learned volumes during my time there, but was never able to parlay that knowledge into a musical career that would allow me to support a family, so I had to become my own patron, writing for a rock band I was in. I'm still doing that.

I play guitar and bass mostly. I also play mandolin and banjo in a jug band, and am working toward keeping my meager keyboard chops alive.


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  • @dzdandcunfsd  Mar 1

    No worries! still a few more of yours to get to I'll get there eventually! 😉 Really nice drum recording you got as well on that one I don't remember if I commented about that too or not, I know how hard that is to do, and one of the main reasons I went with my first e-kit this time. Though I will always prefer an acoustic set it makes life a little easier and not as loud for anyone else within a 1/4 mile 🤣

  • @dukemeyer Feb 23

    Thanks for the great feedback on "Die 5 Reiterinnen der Prokalypse (The 5 Horsewomen of the Procalypse)"! And sorry for answering so late - I had lots of work to do and some technical problems, too ...

  • @tamsnumber4  Feb 18

    Thanks for listening to my song "Amelia", I appreciate it!!

  • @gm7  Feb 11

    Thx..bass a new instrument.for me.
    Tkx again for your kind words

  • @sunfire Feb 10

    Okay, I'll send you an email sometime later today.

  • @ustaknow Feb 10

    Hello! Happy FAWM2021!

  • @sunfire Feb 10

    Hi, Yes, I'm certainly open to collaboration and trying to put words to that beautiful piece. I like the title. Was that intended to be in the song?
    I'll need a little time, but I will try to put something together and see what I come up with.

  • @cherok40 Feb 10

    Thanks a lot for your nice and encouraging comments. Very much appreciated!

  • @dzdandcunfsd  Feb 10

    I'm usually only able to halfway participate in this as well, at least listening wise. I may post a lot but for the most part its just start recording and seeing what happens I wouldn't necessarily call it "writing" 😁 It has its ups and downs, now if I try to actually "seriously" work on something I don't have the patience to do more than one take hardly anymore. I've always been more performance based than recording though anyway, no easier way to start getting things thrown at you or get no money in your case than say oops I messed up lemme start that over.

  • @dzdandcunfsd  Feb 7

    Ah yes!! I was trying to think of the name of that the other day too, so thanks. I could hear it but couldn't remember. While commenting on someone else's song and talking about a uke/bassoon combo 😁

  • @infilktion Feb 7

    Thank you for the kind words on True Lies for Pattern. Don't worry, I am not giving up on it. Just wanted to get it posted since the lyrics solidified. I will keep working on mastering the tune.

  • @dzdandcunfsd  Feb 7


  • @dzdandcunfsd  Feb 2

    Thanks! It's a great place to just try whatever you're feeling at the time. I feel like I come in most years with some kind of plan and as soon as I listen to some of the great stuff here I change directions multiple times 😁 There's a ton of inspiring stuff out there already this year!

  • @fuzzy  Jan 24

    Hey, here's a tip; if you want to respond to someone's comment and want to be sure they see it, you need to go to that person's Soundboard and leave a note there, otherwise they'll not be notified.
    If you're in the Forums and want to tag someone, put the "at" symbol (@) in front of their name and they'll be notified (like @fuzzy). Sounds weird, I know, but that's just a quirk of this site!!
    Happy FAWMing!!!

  • @thenoblestreid  Jan 21

    Welcome! I love your influences and your story-- super excited to hear your work!

  • @dzdandcunfsd  Jan 17

    Welcome! and happy fawming!

  • @schmex Jan 17

    Thank you, fuzzy, eleinedimasi, and tseaver! I'm very much looking forward to this challenge, and have spent many hours over the past day or so putting snippets together in my mind with an eye toward getting some practice at composing again.

  • @tseaver  Jan 16

    Welcome, and happy FAWMing!

  • @elainedimasi  Jan 16

    Welcome to FAWM, can't wait to see what you come up with!

  • @fuzzy  Jan 16

    Welcome to FAWM!!!
    What an interesting bio!
    I'm a huge fan of jug bands!!