David Picarra

Session guitarist

16 Reviews (16 Verified)
David Picarra on SoundBetter

Been recording electric and acoustic guitars for over 15 years now, a little bit everywhere. Had the pleasure to record some big hits, in some big studios, and that experience and knowledge I carry with me and put into everything I do to add something special to your song.

I've been playing live and recording regularly for the last 15 years with a lot of different artists of different styles. From Electric guitar, acoustic, classical, or singing. I'm easy to work with and have a fast workflow. Had the pleasure to record some of the biggest hits of the last 3/4 years in Portugal. I have the possibility to record at my studio and I'm very easy to get in touch with.
Can´t wait to hear from you!

Some of the artists I've worked with are Anselmo Ralph, Barbara Bandeira, Anjos, Agir, Ménito Ramos, Olavo Bilac, Sebastião Antunes, Gérard Kenny, Fernando Daniel, Monda...

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16 Reviews - 4 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Gareth E.

    A quality guitarist, with a lovely sounding guitar! once again, slick and quick to deliver. I will continue to enlist David when I need guitar help

  2. Review by Gareth E.

    It was a pleasure working wit David. He was happy and able to take my ideas, which were still fairly conceptual, and help me translate them into some great guitar tracks.
    I definitely recommend and will work with him again for sure!

  3. Review by Jon

    Very high quality work and great ideas!

  4. Review by Michael V.

    Working with David is a pure pleasure and fun. No matter how big the job is, you always know you will receive the best live performance possible.
    Highly recommend this session guitarist to anyone who is looking for a quality job to get done.
    Michael, composer.

  5. Review by Michael V.

    If you need a talented, versatile and very receptive to your requirements guitarist, look no further - David is your perfect choice!
    Michael - composer.

  6. Review by Shirrel (.

    David did a freestyle guitar solo on a track I'm working on and delivered better than expected! Incredible/smooth/talented and a very friendly individual! Thank you David ve added so much soul and color to the song!

  7. Review by Edmé

    Job perfectly done and I recommend David

  8. Review by Edmé

    David a fait un travail satisfaisant

  9. Review by Steve

    David is an exceptional guitarist. He recorded acoustic guitar tracks for an original song of mine and his performance was flawless. The tracks are extremely well recorded and the tone of the acoustic guitar is very nice on the ear. It was a pleasure working with him. Highly recommended

  10. Review by Michael V.

    I always know: whatever David delivers it will be the best quality product. This time around it was not an exception.

  11. Review by Michael V.

    David is a wonderful professional and a wonderful person. He is always up to the task no matter how complex it might be.

  12. Review by Michael V.

    Every time I am working with David, it's just pure fun and pleasure! Look forward to the next song! Incredibly gifted session guitarist!

  13. Review by Michael V.

    David already recorded a handful of songs for my project and every time he does an exceptional job. Great sense of rhythm, harmony, exquisite guitar technique and versatility. Also David is very easily accommodating all composer's requirements, and this fact is very important for me.
    Michael Vitkin, composer.

  14. Review by Michael V.

    Working with David is nothing but fun and pleasure. Great musician with wonderful personality.

  15. Review by Michael V.

    David is incredibly versatile, flexible and accommodative guitarist. Simply put, just a pleasure to work with.

  16. Review by Michael V.

    A brilliant guitarist, very skillful, quickly adapting to new requirements. David is one of my most pleasant experiences in working with musicians from SoundBetter so far.

Interview with David Picarra

  1. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  2. A: I'm a guitarist, so, I just record guitars. Acoustic (steel and nylon string) and electric.

  3. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  4. A: Tim Pierce for sure, Raul Midon, Derek Wells, John Mayer, Tommy Emmanuel, Joe Robinson, etc.

  5. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  6. A: I have a very simple setup that I learned a few years back how to get the most out of. Just my computer, my sound card, a couple of condenser and dynamic mics, my JBL speakers, and a few very good guitars. Everything else is just me.

  7. Q: What's your typical work process?

  8. A: When I get the project, I usually listen to the song (or whatever tracks I have to listen to) to get the feel of it and to start to imagine what parts need guitars and what kind of lines, and then start with acoustic guitars (if the song will have acoustic guitars) and record electrics after that.

  9. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  10. A: I always try to bring feel, groove, expression... Basically try to take the song up to a new level.

  11. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  12. A: I feel the most comfortable with the acoustic instruments on my hands.

  13. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  14. A: It's very often pop, pop/rock or acoustic orientated. But I've worked on many different things, more jazzy songs, more classical vibe songs.

  15. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  16. A: Sure. Something I try to learn everyday, which is to play less than I think I have to play. Let the song breed, hear the parts, and record something always with the intention to add something new and cool to the vibe.

  17. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  18. A: Brad Paisley, Vince Gill, Luke Combs, Alisson Krauss, Jay - Z, Kendrick Lamar. All these artists inspire me and have music that I find interesting.

  19. Q: How would you describe your style?

  20. A: I gravitate more towards acoustic music, so, my acoustic playing is quite good, I like harmony and rhythm, so I care a lot about the groove. My fingerstyle is quite good too.

  21. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  22. A: I started as a professional at the age of 16, with my own band, and when I turned 18, got my first gig as a session player for a boyband. After that, was always working harder, better and keep growing until today.

  23. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  24. A: Guitar, Mic, soundcard, laptop and cables. Enough to record for anybody!

  25. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  26. A: Have the most amount of information that you can get. It just makes things run faster, smoother and better.

  27. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  28. A: When something hard sounds easy, people think I "just" play guitar. Only god knows hou many thousands of hours I put into this to try to get anywhere.

  29. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  30. A: I do not get asked many questions by customers, which is good. I susally get to the studio and start wotking with whatever the customer gives me to work with.

  31. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  32. A: I just love to play, live or in the studio, I love playing guitar, and see the power that music has and the emotion it brings to people's lifes. No one is indifferent to it.

  33. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  34. A: My promise to my clients, to every single one of them, is that I always push myself very hard and always do the best I can to make the clients happy. And I'm never happy until they are.

  35. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  36. A: Diggital, just because I never had too many opportunities to work with analog, and when I first started learning stuff, wether playing guitar or messing with recording, there was already technology around me.

  37. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  38. A: I'm pretty new here, don't know anybody.

  39. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  40. A: I've been working on a few songs for a project of a composer/producer that lives in the USA, through SoundBetter actually. Outside soundbetter, I just keep working on a few different things, live and in the studio.

  41. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  42. A: This project with this producer in America is quite challenging, and I always feel very proud when he is happy with the material I send him. I just record guitars. Apart from that, everything that I record I always feel I'm making history. It's recorded, it's out, it's immortal. Gives me goosebumps.


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GenresSounds Like
  • Nile Rodgers
  • Tim Pierce
  • Raul Midon
Gear Highlights
  • Martin acoustic
  • Maton acoustic
  • Ibanez AF-125
  • Esteve Nylon guitar
  • LTD EC1000 Evertune
  • Focusrite soundcard
  • RODE mic
  • Audio Technica mic
  • Fractal AX8
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