Jack of all trades, master of none here. Typical singer-songwriter I suppose.
Guitar is my main instrument. I guess Neil Young’s kind of (accoustic) guitar playing is what I grew up with more than anything else. Not a very good lead guitarist. I can do some convincing funk guitar (I hope, check my upcoming Funky Fever, if I dare to put it up for bashing). Which leads to the other instrument : drums. I can play them well enough that a band actually wants me to be their drummer, so it can’t be that bad. The band plays at low volume with influences from folk, blues and jazz. To enable playing at reasonable volumes I’ve taken to using a Cajon with a kick pedal (which I play turned round with teh heel of my foot), a high hat and a few cymbals. Quite basic, not too fast or fancy. I’m not recording drums: my studio is quite small and I don’t have enough inputs, so I use Addicitve Drums for that. Sometimes I do record some percussion instruments. I once sang in a professional salsa band for a while (in the days when nobody new what salsa was), until it became too embarrissing to sing in a langauge that I don’t speak… But I learnt a bit about using latin rythms and percussion instruments.
I love bass guitar but find it to be a surprisingly difficult instrument to master. You have to keep it simple but incredibly tight and consistent. Each note counts, no sloppy playing allowed. And that’s what makes it difficult. I’m a bit too sloppy for bass.
Other than that, I play some very basic keyboards (with a lot of editing after tracking), a bit of harmonica and one or two other instruments I have lying around.
Oh, and of course I sing. Do’nt like my voice much, it’s too nasal. And I have never learnt to use it correctly, I tend to force my voice in the higher registers. A handicap in popular music is that I can’t reach that far into those higher registers. No Jimmy Page, or Neil Young for that matter. But I have little trouble with Leonard Cohen. So if you need a bass backing vocal, I’d be glad to help out