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  • Writer's pictureRyan Fox

From Ska to Solo: My Journey as a Singing Guitarist

When I picked up my first $150 electric guitar at the age of 15, I had no idea where it would take me. My love for music led me to join a ska band, where I played with a full band for the first time. From there, I explored different musical genres, playing in punk bands, rock bands, and jam bands. As I developed my musical skills, I also started to work on my vocals and learned cover songs.

I lived in Long Beach at the time, and I often played music for my friends. Although I enjoyed performing, I wasn't fond of the hassle that came with being in a full band. So, I decided to take my talent to the local bars in Long Beach, where I honed my skills playing solo. I took requests from patrons and bartenders and expanded my set list. I played the bar circuit for years, until one day, I was asked to play a private party. The crowd was having a great time, and I realized that I should be playing more private events.

I started my website and made some low-quality videos to showcase my abilities. However, a client pointed out that the videos didn't do me justice and suggested I invest in better recordings. I took her advice, and the results were phenomenal. I quickly rose to the #1 spot on thebash.com (formerly gigmasters.com) and have since played hundreds of private parties and weddings.

It's a rare and fulfilling experience to turn a passion into a job. When I think about all the places I've traveled and all the people I've made dance, I can't help but feel grateful. I always think of the line in the song "American Pie": "And I knew if I had my chance that I could make those people dance and maybe they'd be happy for a while." That's why I love being a singing guitarist.

I have many interesting stories from my musical journey and I've met so many interesting people and traveled to so many places.

Being a singing guitarist has its challenges, but the rewards are endless. Whether it's traveling to new places, playing for a packed crowd, or creating special memories for others, I am grateful for every opportunity to do what I love.

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