I am constantly being asked what it takes to become a studio musician. People will ask things like "What do studio owners look for in studio musicians?" and "What does it take to become a studio musician?" This is not a simple question to answer as many factor go into this. However, I have created a simple two part guide to cover the main points that most studio owners look for in a studio musician for any instrument.
The main quality that studio owners or managers look for does not have anything to do with your abilities on your instrument. The main quality that they need you to posses is responsibility. If you think about it, this makes sense. They need a person who they can rely on getting things done on time and doing everything correctly.
Another quality that people look for in a session player is that they have a great personality. Nobody wants to work with a negative individual or someone who is just no fun to be around. Think of the kind of personality that you would like to work with.
While this list is short, it outlines the basic principles of what people look for in a studio/session musician. Following these guidelines will put you well on your way to becoming a great and reliable session musician.
Be sure to check out the second installment of this article to learn more about this topic.
Feel free to email me if you have any further questions on this topic.
Zack Uidl is a professional guitarist, studio/session musician, instructor, and composer in the Chicago-land area. He is in high demand for performances, both live and in the studio, instructing, and for his compositions for film and other projects.
Zack has taught several clinics, master classes, workshops, and seminars including the internationally acclaimed Camp Jam. He currently is an instructor both privately and at JC's Guitars in Algonquin, Illinois.
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