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5 Ways to Get Started With Online Session Work – by Paul Kinman

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  1. Martin Weeks says:

    Interesting Blog Post. I will definitely be checking out. “” to see what they are all about. I loved being a pro “Side Man” when I was playing with live bands and other artists. (Back in the day.) And as of late I’ve been actively seeking collaboration work online. Not dismissing any of the above article, but at this point perhaps it’s just me, but it feels like I’m just running into folks who are all about themselves and really don’t have any interest in someone else’s opinions. Hopefully my luck will change but I’ve been very discouraged as of late. Seems like everyone “talks” about standing outside of the herd” but in fact want to be just like everyone else sounds like. When I offer what we consider to be a slightly different slant on a production it comes back to us either completely re written into a completely different song.
    As a guitar player, I generally don’t “Hawk” that as I know my limitations and there are just way too many better pickers than me. My “Specialties” if you wish are background vocals and harmonica. So not a lot of call for that.
    So our interests still are in collaboration on songwriting. Just not a lot of demand for a “Harmonocist.” (just invented that word.)
    Y’all have a bodacious day now ya hea’? 🙂

    1. L Scott Knight says:

      There may not be a lot of call for a “Harmonocist” but I’ll keep it in mind for someday.

    2. Paul Kinman says:

      Hey Martin! Definitely check out, , they’re great people! I think that you’ll find good players who are not just into themselves there. 🙂 Thanks a lot for reading the article, much appreciated!

      1. Martin Weeks says:

        Thank you so much for replying directly Paul. Much appreciated. We’ve just gone through a month of “Wanna Be’s Producers” that talk the “spin” but do not deliver. Shame as their musical playing skills were great and would have made for really nice music for Linda’s Lyrics…but instead they tried to take ownership of the whole thing and totally re-wrote the lyrics (which were equally as bad as the music was good.) So it’s nice to see that their are still some folks around who haven’t been “Googleized.” over affilate marketing ad sense. Don’t get me wrong it’s nice to be able to pick up some extra $$ from the referral clicks, but that’s not selling a song. Or CD or anything. That’s just a you see on the highways all the time. The owner of the sign may get paid for it, but no one is paying for the artwork.
        By the way if you haven’t already seen it, check out YouTube for a series of Film Clips (chapters really) for a Movie call: “Session Men.” Really wonderful interview / history of the modern day session players, from Muscle Shoals to Nashville and LA. One of my favorite Videos. Really nails the whole “Mindset” of a good session man. What drives them, and how they tick.

        Thanks again and Happy Fourth to you even if you are in Canada. 😛

      2. Martin Weeks says:

        Hi Paul, (again)
        I just got through pursuing through “” and very cool. So much thank you’s for hipping me to this site. But this leads to of course LOTS of questions.
        As I’ve said, Linda & I are a songwriting team. I noticed in the listings on a bunch of requests for assistance with lyrical writing. (help with choruses, additional verses and so on.)
        Since lyrics are traditionally the realm of Copyright Regulations…how does a “Session Lyricist” work? Is it similar to what traditional book writing calls: “Ghost Writing” ? Or does it break down to splits of mechanical and performing rights?

        2nd question: Can you refer me to information (pdf, or other reading material) on relative prices charged for services? Obviously my personal niche is not a big draw, but the song writing just might be very viable. Before I sign on I would really need to know the specifics regarding how one is paid for collaborating on lyrical input.

  2. 3rdstone says:

    This is wonderful! thank you so much!

    1. Paul Kinman says:

      Thanks so much for the kind words, I am really glad that you liked the article!! 🙂

  3. L Scott Knight says:

    I’m gonna have to watch a lot more Tim Pierce videos to get to be doing session work as a guitar play. Now, as a song writer… well, that’s coming soon I hope. 🙂

    1. Paul Kinman says:

      Tim Pierce is the man!! Such a great player!! Thanks for reading the article! 🙂

  4. Nathan Kaye says:

    Great blog post!
    For many years I just toured as an independent artist myself playing my own music as a one-man-band, and had never been nor had ever seen myself a session player, but then I was offered to tour with one of Australia’s biggest acoustic-rock artists, which happened organically from both of us playing at a protest rally against Coal Seam Gas mining. He saw what I could do and asked me to jump onstage to accompany him as a beatboxer during his set. He then offered me a whole tour, but I only agreed to be his one-man-band if he also hired me as his support act. Win-win. Once his fans found out that he was doing something very different by playing with a beatboxing lapsteel slide guitarist all 44 shows sold out and, heck, I even ended up selling more of my CDs on tour than he did.
    Why do I mention all of this?
    Because I felt really out of my depth with having to learn another artist’s music the way they wanted it because I just didn’t school myself in music as a ‘session guy.’ It was quite a challenge, but one that paid off.

    We just don’t really know what we are capable of until we jump into the deep end!

    This blog has inspired me to put it out there more session work, both online and real world.
    Thanks yet again Warren & thank you Paul!

    PS. Anyone needing:
    • powerful vocals
    • Lapsteel slide guitar
    • human beatbox
    • Didgeridoo
    • jaw harp
    • turkish cümbüs
    • Hindustani Slide guitar

    then hit me up on [email protected] !! 😀

    1. Paul Kinman says:

      Hey Nathan! Glad that you liked the article, and that’s a great story, congrats on your achievements, love hearing stories like that! 🙂

  5. Tom MacDonald says:

    Great advice thanks!

    1. Paul Kinman says:

      Thanks so much, Tom! Really glad that you liked it! 🙂

  6. Martin Weeks says:

    WARREN!!! You’re Priceless, a Prince, and just stone cold “Bodacious!!!” This just might be EXACTLY what Linda & I have been looking for. Just reviewed the website and their are postings for assistance on lyrics which is Linda’s Forte.
    Can you refer me to some “Information/literature” on how in today’s Digital World collaboration online in a “Session Environment” would work regarding “Pay Scale/Royalties” etc? Would this be similar to “Ghost Writing” in the traditional book world, or would it still be a dividing of royalties based on product contribution?
    Also extreme thanks to Paul Kinman and Scott Knight.

    Have a Bodacious Day!!


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    1. Paul Kinman says:

      Thanks so much for the kind words, and for reading the article, much appreciated! 🙂

  8. ljemusic says:

    We use online session musicians when we need skills outside of our in house capabilities. I have found it works well especially with live drums . The only downside is lead time. It can usually take a week to 10 days to get the first run in simply because of the amount of work these guys have. I suppose getting the drummer in to our studio would probably have a longer lead time though plus setup, mic’ing etc. Thanks for this, I will check on both sites mentioned.

  9. AirGigs says:

    Paul, thanks for sharing these excellent tips. You may also be interested in knowing about, a platform for remote session gigs. The concept is centered around fixed price packages for recording / studio services. You can also send clients custom proposals depending on the needs of the project. Look forward to seeing you over there, and don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions – [email protected]

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