The Blen’s 10 tips for being a session Bassist

The Blen’s 10 tips for being a session Bassist


  1. Smile, it’s your lucky day, you have a session.
  2. Turn up on time not looking like you just fell out of bed.
  3. Bring several instruments, they always want the one you didn’t bring.
  4. New strings ( just in case they don’t like your trusty old flatwounds ).
  5. Make sure all your gear works with no crackles or hisses ( a good spit on a lead usually solves the former ).
  6. Bring your own coffee and plunger ( just in case the stuff in the studio is instant & they insist that it’s the real thing ).
  7. Have an open mind and a really good attitude, it’s somebody’s dream you are playing on.
  8. Play everything with loads of feel, in time and in tune ( if you can’t you shouldn’t be there ) and do it in the first take or two, it usually doesn’t get any better after that, in my experience.
  9. Don’t hang around too long after you’re done, pack up quietly, thank everyone, tell the producer you would love a copy of the finished product and exit stage left, ( leaving your card of course ) they usually want to get on with the next session.
  10. Smile, you’ve just helped to make a dream come true 🙂


2 thoughts on “The Blen’s 10 tips for being a session Bassist

  1. In my experience getting work and sustaining it is as much about working on your interpersonal skills as musical skills. Just be prepared, be respectful and attend to the music. Great tips James.


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