The Art of Learning Cover Songs & Setlists - A Pocket Guide for Session & Studio Musicians
The Art of Learning Cover Songs and Setlists:
A Pocket Guide for Session & Studio Musicians
By Xavier Gonzalez, Jr.
This book serves as a guide for working session & studio musicians who want to better their song and setlist learning skills. (Level: Intermediate to Professional)
This text is designed for individual study. The purpose of the book is to help instrumentalists (piano, keyboards, guitar, bass, etc) gain useful skills in song and setlist learning. These skills are necessary for success as a session/studio player (hired gun) or permanent member of a band or large musical group. Emphasis will be put on song/part memorization.
I have used this particular method for several years now and have found it very successful when having to learn multiple songs for solo artists and bands.
My hope is that other musicians can benefit from this method and become more sought after session players as a result.
Xavier Gonzalez, Jr.
Table of contents
Defining your scope of work
Making a plan
Learning a single song
Listening Phase 1 - Getting familiar with the overall song
Listening Phase 2 - Paying attention to form
Listening Phase 3 - Paying attention to chord progressions
Listening Phase 4 - Memorizing chord progressions
Listening Phase 5 - Choosing the right sounds/pedals/etc
Playing Phase 1 - Running through chords
Playing Phase 2 - Working out comping
Playing Phase 3 - Working out lead lines
Playing Phase 4 - Working out solos
Playing Phase 5 - Memorizing the entire song
Playing Phase 6 - Full song run-throughs
How to approach learning setlists
Charts and lead sheets