Session guitarist

WayneT3 on SoundBetter

Howdy! I'm Wayne "Animal" Turner, guitarist, and welcome to Guitar Tracks From the Heart Of Texas!!

Hello there; I'm Wayne Turner, and I'd love to join your musical family online by offering my guitar services. I was the touring and studio guitarist for country superstar Hank Williams, Jr. from 1979 until 2005 (I started recording with him on his "High Notes" album, circa 1982 - all of his album credit info is readily available online at sites such as Allmusic, Wikipedia, etc., just so you'll know that I'm legit :-)
I'm currently based out of Houston, TX, and have been since I left the road in 2005. I've been actively performing around the Houston area with a number of artists since moving here, and have a recording setup in my home that I believe will satisfy any project requirements you may have for me....

Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.

Interview with WayneT3

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

  2. A: I played guitar on the ABC Monday Night Football theme song on TV... just awesome!!

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

  4. A: My solo project (99% original, maybe 1 or 2 covers, but mainly just me.)

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

  6. A: I'm not aware that I know anyone on here yet - I'd love to meet some of them, though, and maybe even collaborate on something.....

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Digital - much more portable and convenient to set up and store in a small area, and besides: there's not much you can't do digitally that you can do analog (if you're an audio savant, you MIGHT be able to tell the difference, but I seriously doubt it!)

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

  10. A: That they're going to get the absolute best that I can bring to their project...and that I will respect their ideas.

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

  12. A: Just touching the guitar...creating something from a small seed...bringing somebody else's idea to light - the pure joy of playing; it's just such a gift that I'm always grateful for and in amazement of...

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

  14. A: "What do you think of the song?" or "what do you think it needs?" I tell them to wait until we've put all the parts in the song first, and then tell me what THEY think about it...if they're happy, then I'm definitely happy that I helped them.

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

  16. A: That we just hear the songs and magically crank out the parts instantly; sometimes the parts do kind of write themselves, but mostly we have to try a few things first to see what fits the song without sticking out too much.

  17. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  18. A: Just what is the feel (or style) they're going for, or are there any hit songs that are in the same style that they want...

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

  20. A: Make sure you have a good idea about what you want your song to sound like (hear it in your head first), then work with the musicians on it - chances are, they'll already have a pretty good idea what it is that you wanted. The song will pretty much tell them what it needs.

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

  22. A: Hmmm... a Tele, a Les Paul, a Fender Deluxe Reverb amp, a Martin D-28 and a cooler full of iced-down beverages.

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

  24. A: Straight out of high school into a motor home and on the road!! Been doing this professionally for 41 years (been playing since I was nine!!!)

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: Chameleon!! I've done so many different styles in my life (but my 27-year stint with Hank Williams, JR. had me playing a lot of outlaw, edgy, southern-flavored material (loved it!!)

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

  28. A: I think Eric Clapton - just so soulful and simple

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

  30. A: Don't play every single note you know when it's time to solo!!! PLEASE!! Play the guitar part almost like a vocal line - let the guitar sing the solo, not produce a note avalanche....just because you know where all the notes are doesn't mean you HAVE to use them all...!!

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

  32. A: Mostly demo tunes and lately, a lot of instrumental tracks; lot of Texas "red-dirt" style material, a lot of live performances here in the Houston area

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: Listening to others' ideas and working with them

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

  36. A: A deep respect for the music, the joy of creating a specific feeling, and a successful conclusion to someone's hard work..

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

  38. A: Unless the customer is specific about what they want to start with, I listen to the rough song first and get a feel for it (I let the song tell me what it needs) and provide my interpretation - always open to suggestion and/or changes.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: · Macbook Pro (SSD, 8GB RAM, Core i5 2.53GHz) · HP Pavillion p6754y PC (1TB HD, 8GB RAM, Windows 10, 3.00GHz AMD Athlon Quad Core CPU) · FOCUSRITE Saffire Pro 40 interface · Apogee Duet firewire interface (Mac) · Logic Pro X 10.2.4 (Mac) DAW · PRESONUS Studio One 3 Artist (PC) · Positive Grid BIAS amplifier modeling software · Addictive Drums 2 · 1965 FENDER Blackface Bassman amp · RED BEAR MK120 tube head (Russian Marshall-style amp) · Audio Technica AT4047 condenser · a closet full of guitars!!!

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

  42. A: Tim Pierce, Brent Mason, Tommy Emmanuel, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Steve Lukather

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

  44. A: I provide electric and acoustic guitar tracks, chart the songs (if necessary) and help with arrangements if asked


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