Talking to tried and trusted pros such as Adam Goldsmith and Neil Taylor hasn't changed our opinion that being a session guitarist is a plum job.
The good news is that creativity is still as sought- after as pristine licks. But if you think you might be good enough to cut it on the session scene, remember that you won't get far if you can't do the following...
1. Be versatile
In the kind of rapid- fire work that Adam Goldsmith does, you'll also need to be a fluent sight-reader so you can run through material with a pro band within seconds of plugging in.
2. Be reliable
The message is clear: if you turn up on time and do the job well you'll get more work. Hold everyone up with fumbled playing or dodgy gear and the phone will stop ringing. You'll need to carry spares so kit failure can be resolved on the spot, and the show can go on.
3. Be easy to work with
The music industry is a very sociable business. Getting on with the artists and producers you work with means that they'll be more comfortable offering you work on a long tour – while a friendly, professional attitude will inspire trust on shorter jobs.
4. Be tooled up
Because session guitarists cover so much musical ground, you'll need a few options to hand in terms of high-quality guitars, amps and effects.
It's worth noting, though, that both Adam and Neil have relatively inexpensive guitars that get used as often as their boutique gear. The main thing is that each guitar is comfortable to use and is set up perfectly to deliver classic tones, both in the studio and on stage.