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Guitar Techniques - - CONTENTS - Neville Marten, Editor neville.marten@fu­turenet.com

On the ses­sion pro­fes­sion.

AS WE BE­COME more pro­fi­cient on the gui­tar it’s tempt­ing to think we could make our­selves a name as a stu­dio ace like Larry Carl­ton or Steve Lukather. But when we ask, “How do I get into it?”, the sad fact is there’s no easy an­swer.

Well, while GT can’t give you the keys to Larry or Luke’s old locker, we can ask a group of top ses­sioneers how their world works, what the play­ing re­quire­ments are, gear needed, and lots more. So that’s what we did. We asked each one the same set of ques­tions and their re­sponses re­flect their dif­fer­ent eras and styles, whether they sight-read their parts, work from chord charts or come up with the goods off the top of their heads. When you look at their mini biogs you’ll see that these guys are

the best - Elvis, Streisand, Steely Dan, Si­na­tra, Crosby, Garth Brooks, Ge­orge Jones, Willie Nel­son, var­i­ous Beatles... the list goes on!

We also hired the band from the hit West End show The Bodyguard, to de­vise a range of tracks typ­i­cal of what a ses­sion gui­tarist might be asked to play on. Jon Bishop has one of the gui­tar chairs in that pro­duc­tion so he’s come up with the kind of parts you might be ex­pected to cre­ate. Jason put it all to­gether, tracked down the stu­dio play­ers and sorted out the band. It’s an in­cred­i­ble feat, whether it inspires your ses­sion ca­reer or (like me) makes you re­alise that per­haps the stresses of such a life are a bridge (and tail­piece) too far. Fi­nally, we were heart­bro­ken to hear of Al­lan Holdsworth’s sad death, but too late to do any­thing mean­ing­ful in this is­sue. So next month look out for a tribute with mem­o­ries, mu­sic, video and more from some of the world’s top play­ers. Al­lan’s pass­ing sent shock­waves through the gui­tar com­mu­nity so let’s give this unique and leg­endary in­no­va­tor the send-off he rightly de­serves.

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