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Building a Career as a Professional Guitarist | with Adam Tressler
Episode 8819th April 2023 • Progressions: Success in the Music Industry • Travis Ference
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Today’s guest is session and touring guitarist and songwriter Adam Tressler. Adam has performed or recorded with a long list of artists including Aimee Mann, Selena Gomez, Lil Nas X, Camila Cabello, Lord Huron, and many more. He’s also played on scores for TV shows such as Modern Family, A Million Little Things, Central Park, and films like Birds of Prey, and This is the Year. We cover everything from the importance of having a strong network to tips for touring musicians and how he broke into the Los Angeles studio session scene.

🗒 In this episode we'll dig in on... 🗒

  • Learning to play over 50 fretted instruments
  • Signing a publishing deal
  • Exploring the Los Angeles songwriting scene
  • Playing SNL
  • Building a strong network
  • Breaking into the film score session world
  • Touring with Aimee Mann
  • The role of musicians unions
  • Remote session work
  • Reading Music
  • Getting the most out of a music education

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Learning the Right Lesson

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Guest: Adam Tressler

Host: Travis Ference

Editor: Stephen Boyd

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