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Session Guitar: Why We Need So Many Guitars!

Why do session guitarists need a variety of guitars? Reason 1: Be prepared. Just like a plumber or carpenter, the right tool for the right job goes a long way to making the music we are playing sound more appropriate for the situation. When you walk into a session, you never know, or most of the time, are unaware of the style you will be asked to play that day.

Session Guitar: Song Production Breakdown

What you will be watching is a screen shot of the session files for a song called "Getting Out of My Own Way." You'll see each individual track played or programmed in creating a successful production. The song was recorded in 2012. The singer/songwriter is Jennifer Vazquez, a very talented vocalist and writer from Da Bronx, NY.

Session Guitar: Top 10 Guitarists to Emulate for a Successful Studio Career

I'd like to address a very meat-and-potatoes bit of info that very rarely gets mentioned. Who should I emulate to be a session guitarist? The answers and the reasons for each may very well surprise you. You might assume you know how to play like these guys, but, until you really try it, you do not know how!

Session Guitar: Arranging and Production Tips to Really Make Your Guitar Stand Out

This week, I'd like to discuss some tricks I've learned to make a guitar really stand out in a track. As a producer, I have to make many decisions. One of the main decisions concerns the dominant feature of the song. Since we are all guitarists here, let's just assume the guitar is going to be the main focus (as opposed to a more "vocal" song). Next, we see what kind of song is it. For this blog post, let's use a rock track. By that I mean we want the guitar sound to be distorted, creamy, fat, juicy with some delay.

Session Guitar: Improve Your Mixes with These 15 Simple Steps

Hello! Since this is a "session" blog, I thought we'd better review a few mixing basics. We all do a certain amount of home recording, and this crucial step might just save your sound! By following some basic steps used by most professional mixdown engineers, your mixes will be improved exponentially. I guarantee it!

Session Guitar: Why You Should Always Be Ready, Willing and Able

I ended up playing on an additional few songs and adding backing vocals to a few more. I also was asked my opinion on the mixes. Of course, by day three of sneaking in all this work (approximately 17 hours), I was pretty spent ... but happy. Saying no in this situation wasn't going to happen. I knew there were other guitarists available. Competition.

Session Guitar: Do You Suffer from Guitar-Tuner Dependency?

We were discussing robotic guitar tuners, tuning machines that tune themselves. I first saw this on a Gibson guitar. Now I saw a new one. Then I did a search. I even saw a robotic tuning tool. It got me thinking: How may young guitarists are taught to tune the guitar by ear these days? I mean really taught, as in making it a requirement?

Session Guitar: Evolve or Die — Some Thoughts on Minimalism

"Good enough." The death knell. Good enough. Two words I hate. "Just cut and paste the few chords and I'll sing over it and you can tune it for me. Or I'll take it home and do the vocals myself on my laptop. I got this USB mic that sounds awesome!" What kind of pre and compressor do you use at home? "What are those?" I deal with this daily.

Session Guitar: What You Can Offer Clients to Increase Your Value As a Session Player

I stress that because I couldn't do a live gig if you paid me. However, because of midi, combined with my knowledge of theory and studying the styles and sounds of great players, I can fool people into believing I'm keyboard player. I also can sing, play drums and program incredibly realistic-sounding drums that fool many drummers. Bass? No problem!

Session Guitar: Musicians Are in the Service Industry

We, as musicians, are in the service industry. When most people think of the service industry, they think of waiters, housekeepers, etc. But we are all in the service industry! First and foremost, we must be of service to ourselves! You cannot give your best to others till you have given your best to yourself. Have you truly been honest with yourself?