I'm a guitarist and singer/songwriter from Long Island, New York. I provide studio and live performance for full bands or singer/songwriters. I write, perform and produce for my own original band Sean V Syndicate.

I have many years of guitar recording experience. My blues/rock guitar style has been compared to David Gilmour and Jimi Hendrix. My main goal is to play for the song. Sometimes less is more. I don't like to overplay. I can write catchy lead guitar lines around the vocal phrasing. I can also create multiple layers of rhythm textures. The audio file includes numerous guitar solos (from my own songs and others I have recorded for) in a variety of rock styles.

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Gear highlights

  • Gibson Les Paul
  • Fender Stratocaster
  • assorted guitar effects

Genres I specialize in

Reviews of Sean Virag

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    Sean is such an amazing guitar player as well as a truly kind and easygoing personality. He can take direction and run with it or create the perfect part to serve the song. He's got great energy live or in the studio--you will not regret hiring him!

  • Picture?type=large7 months agoby

    Sean is such an amazing guitar player as well as a truly kind and easygoing personality. He can take direction and run with it or create the perfect part to serve the song. He's got great energy live or in the studio--you will not regret hiring him!

  • Picture?type=large7 months agoby

    Sean is such an amazing guitar player as well as a truly kind and easygoing personality. He can take direction and run with it or create the perfect part to serve the song. He's got great energy live or in the studio--you will not regret hiring him!

  • Picture?type=large7 months agoby

    Sean is such an amazing guitar player as well as a truly kind and easygoing personality. He can take direction and run with it or create the perfect part to serve the song. He's got great energy live or in the studio--you will not regret hiring him!

  • Picture?type=large7 months agoby

    Sean is such an amazing guitar player as well as a truly kind and easygoing personality. He can take direction and run with it or create the perfect part to serve the song. He's got great energy live or in the studio--you will not regret hiring him!

  • Picture?type=large7 months agoby

    Sean is such an amazing guitar player as well as a truly kind and easygoing personality. He can take direction and run with it or create the perfect part to serve the song. He's got great energy live or in the studio--you will not regret hiring him!

  • Default-avatar7 months agoby

    I have worked with Sean Virag on a number of sessions, he is an excellent creative player. One very striking attribute is his ability to complement the composition - tuning into the intent and direction of the piece. I've seen him play some wonderful nylon string pieces. His rates are reasonable, shows up prepared and on time.

  • Default-avatar7 months agoby

    I have worked with Sean Virag on a number of sessions, he is an excellent creative player. One very striking attribute is his ability to complement the composition - tuning into the intent and direction of the piece. I've seen him play some wonderful nylon string pieces. His rates are reasonable, shows up prepared and on time.

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Interview with Sean Virag

Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
Sing 2009 I have been the lead guitarist for the Long Island based singer/songwriter Jay Scott. We perform as a duo, trio, or full band for many local venues and festivals on Long Island. I have to opportunity to create guitar solos and rhythmic ideas on the spot. Improv is always encouraged.
What are you working on at the moment?
Writing, recording and producing my own original music
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
I promise to be honest about what I think of your song(s) and what I can contribute. If I cannot contribute to the song I will let you know.
What do you like most about your job?
I love to create and heighten the intensity of a song with my playing and my parts. I love coming up with a small subtle that gels the song together.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
What will the song be used for- band performance, commercial, movie, TV, etc.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Just try to know what you are looking for in a guitarist. There are many out there. Some are better than others at different things. Some can play really good in their room, but are stiff and clinical either live or in the studio.
How would you describe your style?
My lead guitar playing can be subtle and emotional, or aggressive and over the top if the song calls for it. If I don't think I can contribute adequately to your song I will be honest and let you know.
What's your typical work process?
Listen, Listen Listen! Determine what you are going for in the song. What features will be highlighted in the song (vocals, lyrics, chorus, etc.) Determine the song arrangement and record a scratch track.
Tell us about your studio setup.
I usually rely on the gear of the studio I am working in for amplification. Some studios have excellent guitars for recording. For live performance I rely on my own rig.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
Jimmy Page- guitars and production Tom Petty- songwriting John Mayer- guitars and songwriting. Doyle Bramhall II- guitars and songwriting Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix
Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
Rorie Kelly- vocals She is very professional and is willing to execute your vocal ideas.
Can you share one music production tip?
You should be able to carry the song with voice and one instrument
What type of music do you usually work on?
Rock and some blues.
What's your strongest skill?
Electric lead guitar
What do you bring to a song?
Melodic and lyrical guitar leads. Song arranging
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
Electric lead and rhythm guitar in the studio or for live performance