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A session musician is a "gun for hire". They get hired to put down parts in different studio sessions, hence the name. It is required to quickly learn parts in a lot of different styles and settings; they are likely to encounter more different tunes than most other musicians. In your quote, B major is considered unusual enough that the casual player, or ...


That term has a lot of definition but basically, they're individual musicians who are contracted to play to a live gig or more commonly, a recording session. Producers, song-writers, soloists usually hire individual musicians for their needs, instead of a whole band. Naturally, they have to be fluent, proficient and versatile if they want to be sessionists ...

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