From Matt Macellaio
Posted July 24, 2006 at 10:15 PM
I've had a lot of fun this past year playing with some of my friends' bands, doing the violin parts on Beatles and Dylan songs, and I even bought a bridge pickup. Does anyone (especially near LA) know how I could get into that line of work? I remember I contacted Linkin Park about doing something like this when I was 15 or so, but they never got back to me.
Get yourself an electric violin, go to your music store, check out the classified ads, try to meet violin contractors (ask your teacher).
Also, I've just recently gotten in on playing for a punk/folk album, whose artists want bluegrass style fiddle licks on their tracks. I got their info through the music dept. secretary of my undergrad school (they emailed her with their request for a fiddler, and she thought of me so she forwarded the email to me).
I've also had a recording artist or two call me up after seeing my profile on V.com!! :)
I've been finding out that you just gotta be in touch, pass out business cards, let people know what you do, and follow up on every possible chance that comes your way. And don't be disuaded just because your first gig isn't with some enormously popular group - chances are the group you are recording with will know someone who knows someone who...:)
in my town a violinist volenteering to get/use an electric violin in a rock band is a diamond in the rough, so yeah, my band is destined for sucsess... (terms and conditions apply... lol)
but yeah, I don't know if you are still in school, but if you are... it shouldn't be too hard
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John Flansburgh plays guitar (6- and 12-string), drums, bass guitar, keyboard, melodica, piano, harmonica, tremolo harmonica, trumpet (sometimes two at once, although it's little to be proud of), and organ (not to mention egg shakers and kazoos).
John Linnell plays accordion, bari/tenor/bass sax, guitar, banjo, clarinet, bass clarinet, harmonica, bass harmonica, Kaoss Pad, piano, organ, stylophone, violin, xylophone, Marxophone, chainsaw, and Dustbuster.
Okay...I admit, these guys probably aren't good examples of multi-instrument musicians, as the quality of their music has some pretty low standards. But I have noticed that it's quite common for one or two members of a band to play three or four different seemingly unrelated instruments. It always made me wonder, especially when that musician was also a main singer.
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