I was born in Brooklyn in October of 1960. Music as people knew it back then was in the midst of changing forever. People like Little Richard and Chuck Berry were laying the foundation of the revolution about to transpire. It was an era ripe with inspiration for an imaginative young boy such as me. It was 1966 when a 6 year old Ron heard those guitar chords flowing through the tinny speaker of my parents Plymouth Belvedere. It was the Beatles playing “I want to hold your hand” and I was hooked. I knew right then and there that I wanted to play guitar.
It was a couple of years after that before I got my first guitar. My parents purchased it for me (after many months of constant wining) from the Abraham and Strauss department store in downtown Brooklyn. Thinking that I would never actually learn to play the guitar, they bought the cheapest model available. It was an acoustic guitar with strings about two inches from the frets! I made my fingers bleed playing that guitar but was determined not to let my parent’s bogus prophecy become a reality. Using the chord diagrams from Beatles song books I taught myself to play most of the first position chords. I also began collecting Beatles albums and I would try to play along.
By 1974 I was ready for my first good guitar. My parents took me to the Sam Ash on Coney Island Avenue. I remember getting that same joyful feeling that got as child when entering a toy store. I selected an electric guitar and a small practice amp…I don’t remember the brand… but I remember not liking it once I got it home. It was impossible to keep in tune and the tone was unpleasant. So a few days later we returned to Sam Ash and exchanged it for an “Angelica” brand acoustic. I fell in love with guitar! It became my main guitar for many years. I still have it to this day!! This was the time when I started to write poems and songs. ( See My Poems-You & Me). My taste in music started to expand from the Beatles to the Super bands of the seventies. Some of my main influences during this time period were Jethro Tull, The Who, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Yes, David Bowie, ELP and Genesis. I also began taking lessons for the first time. This was the start of a learning adventure that would continue till today.
It was also around this time that I started a band with some of my friends. . I found that I needed an electric guitar to be heard over the drums so I acquired a guitar called “Ideal”. (Yes, like the toy company.) It was a replica of the Rickenbacher guitar the Beatles played in the early days. We called ourselves “Black Rose Feedback” and did mostly Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple songs, along with a few originals.
By 1976 Punk Rock was dominating the New York music scene and I fell right into it head first. I used to hang out at all the clubs: CBGB’s , Max’s Kansas City, Great Gildersleves, The Bitter End ect. I was influenced by bands like Richard Hell and the Voidiods, The New York Dolls, The Ramones, Patty Smith, The Sex Pistols, The Dead Boys, Suicide, Iggy pop, Wayne County and the Electric Chairs, and The Damned just to name a few. I started a short lived band called “The Defects” and we did a couple of shows here and there before breaking up late 1978.
By the early 80’s my interest in Punk was fading. Most of the new bands did not move me and the old bands that I loved were breaking up or changing personnel.
I started listening to classical music and I fell in love. I saw Andres Segovia at Avery Fisher Hall and I was tremendously inspired. That same week I began taking classical guitar lessons.
Then in 1985 something happened that would completely change my musical perspective forever: my first Grateful Dead show. I never liked The Dead before I saw them live, but then again I hadn’t really listened to them other than the corny songs they would play on the radio. But after that first show I was in a state of awe. Jerry Garcia’s guitar put me in another universe. Every member of the band seemed to have telepathic contact with each other and the audience. For the next 10 years I went to numerous shows all over the country and collected hundreds of tapes from their concerts. I studied guitar under Tom Circosta from the band Zen Tricksters www.zentricksters.com/temp/ztat.html
and I learned dozens of Dead songs.
But, alas, all good things must come to an end. Jerry Garcia passed away in 1995 and that marked the end of a musical era for me. Athought the boys continued to play it just was not the same without Jerry.
I have found that often in life, as one door closes another opens. In 1996 a music festival
was launched called the gathering of the vibes. It was a bunch of bands getting together for a weekend of jamming in honor of Jerry Garcia. This was the beginning of the jam band era.
Going to this and other festivals turned me on to some of the most intense music I have ever heard. It was also at this time I began writing for "The Island Ear" , a local music newspaper.
I got to review cds and concerts and even interview bands. This was a cool gig! Go to shows...back stage passes...you get the idea. One of the bands I got to review and interview was a band called moe. I have to say that they are one of the best bands in world today.
In 2001 I began working in recording studios doing session work as a writer, arranger and playing various instuments. I got to work with some fine people and learned a lot about the recording process. This led to me recording my first solo cd "Heading For The Stars" in 2007 on which I wrote all the music and lyrics and played all the instruments.
The same year I founded RSG music and began teaching and playing full time.
Yes, I quit my "day job"!!!
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"Heading For The Stars"
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Mr. Cheapo’s Records-134 Jericho Tpke. Mineola, New York .
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