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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-30-2013, 10:23 PM Thread Starter
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First session advice?

Hey! I have been asked to come record at a local studio.
This is my first time in the session guitarist role (although it is actually my career dream, this opportunity came on me by surprise).
Basically, all I am asking is for some pointers from anybody with experience here. I can read music, and know already about tracking and comping etc..
But what I really want to know is if there is anything else that session guitarists specifically can expect, since I'm kinda vague on the process.

Thanks in advance for the advice!
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-30-2013, 11:39 PM
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Re: First session advice?

Make sure your guitar is properly setup and intonated accurately. New strings, picks, etc. Spare strings and the like on the ready if needed, or second guitar that is similar enough to the first if something were to happen to it. You will need to come in and be ready to come up with what ever they want, and do it quick. The less things to slow the process down the better. If you are efficient, and prepared for anything there is much more chance of you landing more session gigs.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-01-2013, 08:39 AM
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Re: First session advice?

LP covered it.
what did they tell you to bring?
If they have ab amp there--bring your own.
Take whatever you would use at home--to make yourself comfortable.
warm up before arriving...not there.
be flexible.
do what they ask.
give your opinions/suggestions only if/when asked.
This is your "interview," so treat it as such.

And....GOOD LUCK, bud!!!

Ask Treva--he's got tons of experience in this.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-03-2013, 05:47 PM Thread Starter
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Re: First session advice?

Thanks for all the advice, guys! The session was a major success!!
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