Whether it's basic rhythm, lead lines or melodic parts I'm excited to add guitar to your project! I've been working in original bands since the early 90's and I feel comfortable playing in many styles from early jazz to progressive rock!
I have extensive studio experience and love to explore creative ideas. I've also written and produced songs for myself and other people which has helped me to understand the importance of a solid guitar part. If you need some slide I can also add some lap steel or resonator guitar! I'd love to talk to you about your music!
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1 ReviewsEndorse Jon Roper
I had Jon come in to to record multiple acoustic and electric guitar parts for a song I was working on (featuring Jody Stephens - drummer for 'Big Star') and Jon was flawless. He had all his parts all worked out well in advance of the session and had about 5 completely different guitar parts all recorded (some double tracked) and finished (with zero editing needed) in well under 2 hours. I'd highly recommend Jon for his professionalism, creativity, and playing abilities.
Interview with Jon Roper
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Many of my own projects as well as marketing on a blues record to be released on my label Puzzle Rabbit Records.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I would love to talk in detail about your project and I will do the best job I can to help you achieve your vision,
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: The details
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What other music inspires this song? Very little guitar or lots of layering?
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I love the atmospheric parts in the back that really build up the base of a song.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I'm happy to read down a chart and play exactly what the client wants. However most times I'm creating the guitar part from scratch. Live performing has really helped me approach a song from several different ways which has definitely improved my studio chops.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: After listening to the song and conferring with the client I first establish the instruments needed for the situation. Working from the ground up the rhythm tracks followed by any melodic/atmospheric ideas and leads.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I run Logic Pro X and either use mics or the digital interface depending on the situation. My main amp is a Supro Thunderbolt and my main electric is a 2001 Gibson Firebird, both very versatile. I also have the full assortment of effects, other electrics, lapsteel, bass and a full range of acoustic sounds both 6 and 12 strings.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: In Vancouver we are so lucky to have so many great players and studios. It's just inspiring to talk to folks in the industry. Everyone I deal with is just super stoked to do what they do!
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: The main styles I work on are rock and jazz but I'm quite comfortable in most.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Arpeggiated electric parts sound cool when you double with an acoustically recorded hollow body. Close Mic
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Most often I am asked to add rhythm, melodic parts and solos to a given track. I will then usually send a few versions to choose from. The revision time then covers either a redo or a compilation of previous ideas if needed.