#1
I have recently had a phone call from a recording studio offering me an interview to do session work for them, for the interview they want me to do an improvisation for a backing track and I need to play 1 song of any genre... The stuff I usually play is by bands such as Asking Alexandria or Bring Me The Horizon and that sort of stuff, I didn't really think that'd be appropriate for a studio interview, I want to show off my skills... I was thinking maybe something like Paradise City or Sweet Child.. any suggestions for songs would be greatly appreciated
#3
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If it was my studio and you played Sweet Child O Mine i would fire you.. but thats just me.

Play whatever inspires you the most!!! and pick something that highlights your strengths and individual qualities.
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#4
Play something extremely difficult, session musicians must be able to play like professionals
#5
@Slashpie- I was thinking that about Sweet Child, it's far too over played, that's why I ruled out stairway to heaven straight away...

@Orryn- it doesn't necessarily have to be extremely difficult, I wouldn't even class the rockschool grade 8 exam as extremely difficult and that's supposed to be the hardest there is..
#6
actually, cannibal corpse, you should play frantic disembowelment. that's an impressive ****ing lick.
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#7
... Suggest A Song Thread.
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#8
yeah no offence, but sounds like you wont get it. they want you to improv over a backing track of any genre. that doesnt really mean pick a song you like/know because they clearly dont care if you know a certain song like either of those GnR songs. go serach for rock backing tracks and pick one you like or a few and just improv over them.

if they are looking for a session musician, they need someone who can play pretty much any genre on the fly. going in there and playing paradise city will probably turn them off. try to look for a backing track that allows you to showcase as much as you can.
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yeah no offence, but sounds like you wont get it. they want you to improv over a backing track of any genre. that doesnt really mean pick a song you like/know because they clearly dont care if you know a certain song like either of those GnR songs. go serach for rock backing tracks and pick one you like or a few and just improv over them.

if they are looking for a session musician, they need someone who can play pretty much any genre on the fly. going in there and playing paradise city will probably turn them off. try to look for a backing track that allows you to showcase as much as you can.


i think he has to play over a backing track and play one song of his choice. maybe i misread though
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#10
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I have recently had a phone call from a recording studio offering me an interview to do session work for them, for the interview they want me to do an improvisation for a backing track and I need to play 1 song of any genre... The stuff I usually play is by bands such as Asking Alexandria or Bring Me The Horizon and that sort of stuff, I didn't really think that'd be appropriate for a studio interview, I want to show off my skills... I was thinking maybe something like Paradise City or Sweet Child.. any suggestions for songs would be greatly appreciated


I don't know the songs you're describing as being your normal style.

Here's the thing:

Play the sort of stuff that best represents who you are as a musician. They don't want to hear you aping someone else's style - they want to know who you are.

The object is to pick something that shows YOU off, not shows of generic skills. If you present yourself as someone you aren't by doing something outside your normal range, then when you show up and play like you they'll be frustrated and disappointed, because you won't be the person they thought they hired.
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I don't know the songs you're describing as being your normal style.

Here's the thing:

Play the sort of stuff that best represents who you are as a musician. They don't want to hear you aping someone else's style - they want to know who you are.

The object is to pick something that shows YOU off, not shows of generic skills. If you present yourself as someone you aren't by doing something outside your normal range, then when you show up and play like you they'll be frustrated and disappointed, because you won't be the person they thought they hired.


the only problem is...well, those are bands that CHUG CHUG CHUG. i really don't think they'd much enjoy 3 palm muted power chords for 4 minutes in a serious audition. just IMO of course, i agree outside of, well, this context really.
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the only problem is...well, those are bands that CHUG CHUG CHUG. i really don't think they'd much enjoy 3 palm muted power chords for 4 minutes in a serious audition. just IMO of course, i agree outside of, well, this context really.


I'm not sure what to say to this point - if your concern is that they won't hire you because you play chug chug music, you may be correct. But the problem is that you've just described yourself as a chug chug musician. You can either stop describing yourself as a chug chug musician and become more familiar with non-chug chug music, or stay in the specialised world of chug chug.

Of course in the professional arena, if a session musician described themselves as a chug chug guitarist, they'd get little to no work. A session musician needs to be competent with as many different genres as possible, and more to the point, chug chug bands often already have competent guitarists in them, so the demand for a session player on a chug chug track would be much less than say a pop or folk artist.
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I have to do an improv and a song to clear that one up... and that was my point with the sort of music I usually play, it's usually in drop D and the majority of the songs are open strings so it's not exactly showing much skill...
Also I can sight read and read music so i'm pretty confident there
#15
a jazz progrssion featuring various chords (diminished ect ect)
lead, and finger picking.
this will show diversity.
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Well, technically it could be done, but only in the same way that you could change a cat into a hamburger. It's an unpleasant process, and nobody is happy with the result.
#16
Fuzz Universe by Paul Gilbert.

If i was going to hire you then i would throw on a random backing track, tell you its in b minor for example and just listen to you play for 5 minutes.
#17
Not quite in the same ball park... and not what they asked you to do... but you could go and find the reels of Danny Gatton or Steve Lukather. They are floating around somewhere. Listen to it and get an idea of the caliber.

But the fact that you got called to come in for an interview is your step in the door anyway, and that is pretty cool. Congrats on that.

It is just a pity that your preference kind of dictates your playing style. Hopefully you can do more than that. Technique based songs, I'm not too sure. Playing in time, definitely. Able to play tight and have necessary technique and genre skills to pull off a possible job.... priceless

Congrats again

*edit* As an aside - they called you for a reason. Some reason. Any song you pick should be ok because they can see you going through with it. Paradise city or the other one will be fine anyway. They can hear consistency. Good luck
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i think he has to play over a backing track and play one song of his choice. maybe i misread though

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sorry OP, i misread your post. anyways, again try to pick a song that showcases your talents. try to have maybe your improv track and the choice track in two different genres.

and no, i doubt they will ask you to sight read. they would have mentioned that. besides, im assuming this isnt a big recording studio that does movies and TV stuff too? unless you are doing that and working with an ochestra, i doubt you will be asked to read music. most singers that need musicians dont write music and neither do most bands.

also, dont quit your day job just yet. there usually isnt a lot of money in session work these days. (unless you do TV and movies, but those tend to be dominated by the ones who already do that unfotunatly)
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