how good is a session guitarists compared to normal playing folk...?

#3
They are generally alot better than regular players, since they can usually sight read, have great technical proficiency, and have a great tone in their fingers.
#4
There is no real "normal" level of playing, but a session guitarist must have some solid grasp of technique and preferably some theory (which may or may not be essential, depending on the situation). Basic skills such as timing, rhythm and ear for a good melody are more important.

More important than shred-level technique is personal reliability, professionalism and general likeability.

They also need to be able to come up with ideas for people who don't know theory - the old adage of a producer saying, "that was good, but make it more purple".

Some session players can sightread, some can't and have been very successful. If you're working in a musical in the pit, you need to sightread etc; but for many rock band session work (where players are generally referred to more as freelance musicians than session musicians), it's not essential.
Last edited by blue_strat at Jul 1, 2009,
#5
Way, way, way better. They tend to be naturally good, with an ear and feel for the music that even the most high profile "great guitarists" of today can be so lacking in.

Of course it's like everything, you get good ones and bad ones, but mostly good.
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They tend to be naturally good

They tend to have practiced a lot.
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They tend to have practiced a lot.

They tend to never practice because they're in the studio every day recording something.
#8
There is no such thing as talent on something unnatural like playing guitar. Its practice,and a certain mindset that you need to excel at it.


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They tend to never practice because they're in the studio every day recording something.



Alright full time musicians, let alone sessions musicians, always practice. They have to, their career depends on it. The thought that they dont practice is nonsense.
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Quote by NoOne0507
They tend to never practice because they're in the studio every day recording something.

Depends what kind of music they play. Session guys in Nashville can be in the studio 9am - 5pm, but most have more variable timetables. Session musicians don't necessarily spend all their time in studios - they can be hired out into bands, function bands, working on albums; and many make half their income doing engineering, producing, teaching etc.
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Quote by NoOne0507
They tend to never practice because they're in the studio every day recording something.

I was using the past tense as in 'before this moment in time they have spent a lot of time practicing'. If it were natural tallent they would have picked up a guitar aged 6 and have been whacking out number 1 singles within minutes. Even the ability to pick out a note by ear can be taught - though some people do have a more natural disposition towards it.

On top of that being in the studio playing is practicing - just being paid to do it.
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