The Independent artist/small label problem?
You are producing your own or your client’s song and you feel that it has to have some nice lead guitar in there somewhere, or just some slight guitar touches. Especially if you are producing a rock or rock-ish song or whatever genre that uses more “real” instruments.
The problem is you might not play guitar at recording level and your guitar player friends that are pros are always busy. It might be weeks before they deliver something, plus you can’t really tell a friend that is recording for free that you don’t really like his take! Just thinking that he has to do that again from scratch or that he might feel bad will leave you with 2 choices
Leave the guitar out or mix the regrettable guitar in and always think that it might have been done better.
Remote session guitarist or online session guitarist now can help you get the guitar tracks you need at a price you can afford!
How about hiring a session guitar player in a local studio? – Well, you could!
But depending on where you live, the studio time + guitar player fee might cost some hundreds of dollars. It’s going to sound great, but it will cost a lot and you will not have room for more revision after the studio hour is finished, also you can forget the Dry DI of the guitars in most cases.
So how does an online session guitarist help?
First of all, I want to state some facts that assure you that remote session players offer the same quality recording and attention to detail that local studio musician – the only difference is that you are present in a local studio and applying some “gentle” pressure on the guitarist while he is trying to figure out the best parts for your song while counting the clock on studio time.
Online session guitarists have the same gear, same skills, same feel for the music and plus the thing that sets all apart – remote guitar player have more time and focus to work on your song!
Believe me, you wouldn’t have an idea of how many records were published not full or with half-perfect takes due to studio time ticking away.
A great example is the legendary track “ surfing with the alien” by the great Joe Satriani – in his latest interview with Rick Beato, he said he had 2 guys pointing at the clock when recording that track and after a hundred tracks he lucked out on the last one right when they were about to kick him out of the studio.
You can notice he said that the guitar on that take went constantly slightly out of tune and he could not stop tuning it due to time issues. So you could guess Joe couldn’t do anything about it.
Why hire an Online Session Guitarist?
Of course, being in a studio has many advantages like having a producer there guiding the guitar player or control all the time over the tone – But all these advantages are redesigned in the remote session work business model by having more revision and constant chatting.
- Remote session musicians cost less
- You save expensive studio time
- The quality is the same as in a live studio recording situation
- Less pressure on the musicians
- Remote musician delivers more tracks and offers revisions
- You have more alternatives to choose the right remote session player
Most Importantly the costs are much much lower for hiring remote musicians since they don’t physically travel with their gear and can schedule any time they need, not to mention studio costs if you don’t have your own.
If you want to find a good remote session musician be guided also by prices – a good one will have an average/above-average rate for tracks since it’s the quality and level of detail that adds the costs.
Even if a remote player charges double that another less good remote player – it will still be half of what you would have paid for the same player in a studio situation.
Reviews are gold for remote musicians, like any freelancer that is a professional they will give their best and offer many alternatives for you just to have the reviews going.
Who Hires Remote Studio Musicians?
Being a remote player for years now I know what the main concerns of my customers are, and that is mostly connecter to who they are! Most of them are Independent Artists & Small/medium Producers/Labels that do produce quality music but navigate around different ways to do it, like every musician that doesn’t have a lot of money to spend on it – since most of the time, it’s not monetized.
To Recap – Why is a remote studio guitarist safe in quality and delivery?
1- Reviews are gold and remote musicians work hard for them
2- You get many revisions since it’s cost-effective
3- Leave time for the musicians to be creative
4- There is almost always a Money Back Policy
5- You get almost always a FREE consultation before starting the order.
Personally, I’ve chosen to offer my services remotely since I do feel way more comfortable developing ideas for songs in my own studio, my gear, my small safe heaven.
Of course, I do enjoy the thrill of being in front of a producer, an artist, or a crowd – but by years of testing out what works back and hearing my own playing, I can say for sure that I have written the best solos and tracks in general where I had more time to work on them and could the sit at night playing around with them before hitting that record button.
Check out if you are curious My Full Story of how I started recording guitars remotely and also if you are up for some guitar tracks I have plenty of them for you! I don’t mind you contacting me also just for consulting on your song or musical chat.
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