I’m now offering my recording services as an online session guitarist for your musical projects over the internet. This remote recording process avoids the need for the expensive and lengthy studio hire of the past. It also allows you to review session guitar tracks easily from the comfort and familiarity of your home studio and DAW of choice. My session guitar tracks are all delivered in HQ audio formats to your specific musical requirements.
I can record everything from single rhythm guitar tracks (single notes to full chords) instructional music book (audio or video) examples and solo guitar arrangements right through to complex multi-layered soundscapes (e.g. background music for video productions) at a very reasonable cost and in a wide variety of modern and classic session guitar styles. Contact me for a free consultation regarding your project via the e-mail address at the bottom of this page. For reference, you can also hear some examples of my work as an online session guitarist (in a wide variety of musical styles) throughout this page.
Keith Richards style sample electric guitar part.
I record all my online session guitar/instrumental tracks in either AVID Pro Tools or Presonus Studio One and with high quality studio equipment. I have access to a wide range of guitars and amplifiers/amp modellers as well as a large sample library. Examples of the kind of session guitar and recording work I regularly undertake include, but are not limited to the following:
As all musical projects are different, please do contact me for an informal discussion of your specific session guitar requirements and I will then be able to estimate costs (and a suitable timescale) to deliver your recordings. My rates are very competitive, I work quickly and I normally exchange session files with clients via We Transfer.
More and more musicians are now recording in their own home studios using DAWs to produce their tracks rather than use expensive full sized studios. Whilst this trend has enabled many independent artists to oversee the entire recording/mixing process themselves (rather than use separate producers, arrangers, mixing engineers etc.) it also requires a lot of work/specialist skills from one person, which can be potentially overwhelming if you are on a tight schedule.
Unless you are a skilled multi-instrumentalist, you may also find that you need the services of other musicians for drum tracks, keyboard parts and guitar tracks for example. As mentioned above, this can be especially important if you are working to a strict deadline in producing your music. This used to be one of the main reasons why producers employed session musicians. They got the job done quickly and to a very high musical standard.
In recent years, many musicians have turned their attention to offering session playing skills remotely via the internet. This enables them to supply high quality audio tracks directly to a client in a quick and efficient way. The process saves time and the extra expense of hiring the musician in person. Clients can also download and import the recorded files directly into their DAW and hear the result immediately.
I have over 30 years industry experience working as a professional performing/recording guitarist. I have recorded on countless musical projects including full albums and singles, film soundtracks, advertising jingles, software demonstrations, corporate video compilations and library music to name just a few.
Stylistically I can cover most popular styles of electric guitar playing including Pop, Rock, Funk, Jazz, Latin, Ambient, Folk, Hard Rock/Metal, Blues and New Age/World. If you have a particular (or unusual) stylistic requirement, then please just e-mail me to discuss the type of guitar playing you might need for your project.
Putting any self-promotion aside for a moment, here’s what I think are some of the essential requirements you should seek from an online session guitarist and these criteria could also be adapted for any freelance musician you are thinking of hiring.
These criteria are what I believe you should look for if you are thinking of hiring a session musician for your new project.
Musical experience built over many years in a variety of genres
Ability to work to a deadline and produce parts that compliment and enhance the client’s song/instrumental
Great sound and accurate rhythm and intonation in their playing
If appropriate, sight-reading skills and ability to interpret lead sheets/musical charts.
Deep knowledge of popular instrumental techniques and styles
Ability to get sounds and tones to suit the musical vision of the client/artist
Reliability, courtesy and dependability for the client.
Reasonable rates and competitive pricing for the sector and the experience/skills of the musician
Opposite are some photos of the various guitars and amplifiers that I have used over the years. These include a 1987 Levinson Blade R4 (my oldest guitar) a Takamine acoustic, a Custom Shop Stratocaster and another Stratocaster with Suhr pickups. I also use a Mexican-made Fender Telecaster occasionally for Jazz and Rock or Pop rhythm tracks
For amplifiers, I have used many different models both valve (tube) and solid state. Pictured are a Marshall 50w, a CAE PT100 and a Mesa Boogie combo. I have also used VOX Ac30s, Fender Deluxe Reverbs and Princetons and a Marshall JMP1.
More recently, I have increasingly been employing amp modellers for many session guitar tracks. I use Scuffham S Gear, Overloud THU and a number of plugins from Neural DSP. I use impulse responses from Two Notes, CabIR and Ownhammer.
Posted below are numerous examples of the type of guitar parts and tracks I regularly record. For copyright reasons, I have had to avoid placing many of the actual session parts or final mixes on here, but rather emphasise the type of work I can do for different clients.
Each of the tracks (which are taken from my Soundcloud channel) showcase different guitar styles and techniques, covering Pop, Rock, Blues, Ambient and Country genres etc. There are also some examples of brief soundtrack style backings I have worked on too.
On rare occasions I have also been asked to ‘play in the style of’ a particular guitarist and there are some examples here which demonstrate that session approach too. Below the Soundcloud tracks are some short videos taken from my YouTube channel, which although not actual recordings sessions per se, might also give you an idea of other styles I play etc.
All sessions are paid for in advance (and upon mutual agreement of contract and formal booking) and via PayPal or bank transfer only please.