Hey all! My name is Gary Dranow and I am new to the forums and Ken's great voice course, A little about me. I got my first guitar at 12 and was inspired by Cream's Crossroads. I started with lessons immediately but when my first teacher wanted to start me out with Mary had a little lamb ( not Stevie's version) I quickly lost interest and sporadically played for the next 5 years, I did spend time with other teachers during this period but really got serious when I returned from Vietnam in 1973, Blues was my thing and I quickly got into artists like Jimmy Reed and Little Walter, et al. I started taking lessons with Ted Green (Chord Chemistry) and joined various bands during the '70's and '80's. I started writing songs (and trying to sing, and that was not good) in the early '90's. That's when I formed my group Gary and the Manic Emotions (be bi-polar I thought that name to be appropriate), my band was formed around my teacher and dear friend Jerry Manfredi (Bass) and his musicians. Within a short time we were gigging regularly at venues in the west Los Angeles area. I was joined by a great female singer Paula Sorce which masked by weak voice with her dynamic backing and harmonies. I have skipped over some other groups I had. One was the New Invaderz which has a video up on YouTube with very few views https://youtube.com/watch?v=BWeAcn0_DRE
where I wrote that song and played guitar, though I was more into dancing than being accurate in my playing to my continued embarrassment.
In 1996 we (jerry, session musicians, and I) recorded my second album. Still singing poorly I went ahead with the project because I felt good about the songs themselves unsignedbandweb.com/music/Gary_Dranow_and_The_Manic_Emotions/
I promptly moved to Park City in 1998 and left music behind for 15 years.
That's the short story until now. I've been back to guitar for about two years and am teaching a good friend rhythm guitar with plans to start gigging here in Park City in about 2 years with hopefully a much improved voice - why I'm here. I built a pro tools studio in my home and have started recording covers and new material in my two room studio and have embarked on Ken's program, I practice an hour to a hour and half 6 days a week and am well into Volume 1 (its the LAW).
I look forward to becoming active in this community and receive all the support and help from the experts and lay persons alike.
So Hello and glad to be here,
from Park City, Ut