What have you composed for? Or what medium do you work around?
Orchestra, Small Ensemble, Big Ensemble, Songs, Contemporary Ensembles, Other, web, multimedia
What is your favorite genre or style of music?
Heavy Metal, Jazz, Rock, Outlaw Country, Classical, the list is almost limitless...
Is music your main income source?
Sort Of - Music Related
Where do you live?
South Dakota, USA
About Me (Must include at least one paragraph of biographical information about you as a composer) - blank or minimal answers on this line will cause your request to be rejected. Include a link to your website if you have one.
I have been playing music sense I was able to hold a guitar. I began singing even before I could put together complete sentences. My folks surrounded me with music and they played in a gospel country quartet. My first musical performances were with them singing along with dad. I learned guitar by playing along with his records and reading his sheet music. I always have enjoyed classical music but really got into that when I was in elementary school. The Book Mobile (a library on wheels for rural school kids) carried many records of classics from Beethoven to Stravinsky. But what really got me hooked was Wendy Carlos Switched on Bach and the Switched on Brandenburgs. I was about 12 when I fell in love with Heavy Metal. one major reason is how Metal is so similar to the classical composers in respect to the use of modes and many of the phrasings used by the guitar players I grew to love. Once I got into High School I began playing guitar in the jazz band and it was then that I really began growing as a musician and started to really learn the fundamentals of music theory. I currently play solo acoustic guitar in local bars, trying to turn it into a small group (3 or 4 piece), and am working with a death metal band called Dark Nation. It has been only sense around 2007 or so that I have begun composing for other than guitar based music. I am really enjoying all that I have learned about it thus far and I cant wait to learn more. -Mike
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