Q&A With Session Guitarist Doug Boduch (part 2)
Posted by Michael Mueller on December 19, 2011 at 10:03 AM
Cont. from previous blog post ...
What has been your favorite project?
I don't think I could pick one, but some of my favorites include the Robben Ford Signature Licks, Stevie Ray Vaughan Guitar Play-Along, Ozzy Osbourne Guitar Play-Along (always been a huge fan of Randy Rhoads), and a Guitar Play-Along of Rock Instrumentals, which included Eric Johnson's "Cliffs of Dover". We also have a Chet Atkins Guitar Play-Along and an Yngwie Malmsteen Guitar Play-Along in the works that I'm really excited about.
What was the toughest one?
I'd have to say either the Robert Johnson Signature Licks or the Jazz Guitar Play-Along. The Robert Johnson material is just bizarre stuff to recreate, and I just don't play much jazz. All the fingerings feel foreign to my hands.
In general, the DVD shoots are the toughest days. There's no punching in on videos, so I need to be able to nail the full song, start to finish.
What's it been like doing sessions with a dislocated fret-hand thumb and a cast?
Luckily, I'm finishing up a series of Easy Guitar Play-Alongs, so it's a lot of simplified arrangements. I gigged last night and the only stuff I had to leave out of the set was the Tommy Emmanuel. Strangely, barre chords are super easy with the cast, as it distributes the pressure across the entire hand, as opposed to just the thumb. But I wouldn't recommend dislocating any of your fingers.
What advice would you offer to someone interested in doing this type of "scripted" session work?
You really have to have your reading chops in order—especially rhythms. To recreate the parts authentically, we really have to dig in and and analyze the transcription and work out fingerings and positions. It's really a great beta test of the transcription. We'll A/B our parts against the original and if something's not sounding right, we'll dig deeper and fix it. When you hear our demo recording and it sounds identical to the orginal track, you can be 100% sure you're getting the most accurate transcription available.
I feel very fortunate to have the gig with Hal Leonard. Every week is a new challenge. I'll go from recording classical guitar one week to Megadeth the next. I feel like my playing has become more versatile as I've been exposed to so many different styles. I've definitely learned a ton about dialing in tones from having to recreate all these classic signatures sounds. It's like being in the best cover band in the world!
You can learn more about Doug at his web site, DougBoduch.com, and you can follow him on Facebook here. To check out Doug's video lessons and video song lessons at GuitarInstructor.com, click here.