Music is a lifelong goal. I continue to study styles, techniques, theory, as well as teach on a regular basis. It's all about the groove...
I play for the song, with particular attention to groove, rhythm guitar, and soulful, melodic lead guitar. Texture and sound to fit the music, I write charts for all instrumentation, can arrange background vocals, sing simple pop to jazz harmonies.
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Interview with Mike Crutcher
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Lead guitar to fit the song.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Rhythmic accuracy for the groove, guitar and vocal parts that fit along with the focus of the song. Added textural parts.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Track rhythm guitars with drums and rhythm section, comp solos and vocals after. If vocals need to be charted usually charts can be done after the lead vocal has been laid down.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Line 6 digital modeling guitars for various electric/acoustic guitars, banjo, sitar. Line 6 digital models of Fender amps, boutique amps, boutique effects pedal sounds.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Larry Carlton, Eric Clapton, Gil Evans, Jimi Hendrix, Cornell Dupree
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Soul lead vocals, background vocal harmonies, melodic lead guitar, funky rhythm guitar, textural chordal accompaniment.