Hi! I’m Dave, It’s about time I joined in with all this malarkey.
I played my first gig in 1968, aged 15, at the local village hall with my school buddies. We did terrible covers of Small Faces, Kinks, and The Kingsmen. My bass was homemade, cost 5 shillings, and sounded like a dying cow.
I quickly learned two important advantages of being in a band - 1. girls were suddenly very interested in me, and 2. I didn’t have to dance.
I’ve been at it ever since, both pro and semi, touring here and abroad, and have also worked in many different areas of the music industry. I play any style and have been fortunate to be playing mainly originals, although I’ve had several stints in covers bands. I’m an ear player, not much formal theory, read charts but not dots. I’ve managed to get away with it somehow at all levels. Gear-wise, I currently use a Fender Aerodyne jazz, a Fender Custom Shop ’60 jazz, and an 80s Danelectro longhorn. Amps are GK: MB150S with extension cab, and a MB210, plus a Sansamp for when going through the PA.
I have bad tinnitus, and generally my ears are shot to pieces. Still at it though.