Session guitarist from the Netherlands, specialized in Country, Americana, Rock, Pop, Indie, Funk, Soul, Cinematic, etc. I play electric & acoustic guitars, bass guitar, pedal steel guitar and the occasional banjo/ mandolin/ dobro part. I will try to come up with parts that fit the song's needs and how you envisioned them to achieve a great result!
I have a wide range of gear to suit most genres and sounds. My recording experience is extensive and I can cover many genres. I have supplied guitar (and other stringed instruments) tracks for hundreds of songs and my goal is to 'play for the song' and translate your wishes into the right parts that fit and complement the song. My live gigging, recording and teaching experience is extensive and I have a Dutch Conservatory (Rotterdam) degree in jazz, pop and classical music.
My gear is selected to be able to provide most common sounds in a professional way. Some of the things on my gearlist are: various electric & acoustic guitars (tele, strat, LP, 335, hollow bodies, baritone, 12 string, resonator/ dobro, etc), Kemper Profiling Amp with many great profiles, banjo, pedal steel, bass, mandolin, baritone, dobro, etc.
The usual turnaround is 2-3 days (depending on how busy it is) but I can work faster (within 1-2 days) when requested. Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.
Showreel with some recordings I contributed to:
This is a track on which I played pedal steel, banjo & acoustic guitar:
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30 Reviews - 6 Repeat ClientsEndorse Bart Dietvorst
This was my first time using Bart and he's excellent! (...and really quick! Wow!) I've already told him he can expect to see me again soon!
Very responsive, professional and fantastic guitar player.
Bart is a masterful guitarist not only on electric guitars, but also for your acoustic tracks. You can hear the emotion in his playing, and his recordings are extremely high quality. If you want somebody who is a professional and is able to deliver on an extremly quick turnaround, Bart is your guy!
Another great collaboration with Bart! He "blues infused" one of my tracks which was trending towards that direction. Will definitely work with him again soon. Thanks Bart!
Bart is just so awesome. A guitarist in god mode. You can't be better. Hire him!
Bart is incredible. He is an amazing guitarist and a pleasure to work with. He is a great communicator, works quickly, and is a stellar player. Highly recommended!
I write many different styles of music and I want everyone to know how blessed I am to have found Bart! The man who can do it all once you work with him your search is over! Simply the very best!
It was great working with Bart, what a great guitarist!! I'm sure we'll work again in the near future.
Another project another great experience working with Bart. He's got chops and really knows what a song calls for. I had an R&B/Soul ballad that needed subtlety and tasteful playing and he knew just what to do. Great guitar player, easy to work with and very quick without sacrificing quality.
Bart did an awesome job once more! After starting off with an initial idea I had for the song, Bart added his touch and made the song lean towards another genre which I had not intended. However the outcome was great! Till we work again...
Bart once again did his magic and with his guitars took the song where it needed to go. He's a professional musician who gives more than what you expect. He's a great communicator also and cares about the finished project and is not happy unless you are. And I am happy every time I collaborate with Bart. Thank you Bart! Till our next session...
Wow, what a great talent! I sent Bart a track and some basic requests and he did that and more, coming up with some extra fills in places that I wouldn't have thought of. Fabulous tone and tasteful playing that really served the song. Also an extremely fast turn around. Very professional. I will definitely be using Bart again. Highly recommended.
No ones better than Bart, NO ONE PERIOD!!!!
Bart played pedal steel for my song and paid attention to everything detail of it and communicate really well which makes it easier. Also super fast delivery I highly recommend his work!
This is the second time working with Bart who once again recorded some great acoustic guitar tracks for me. Flawless! Looking forward to working with him on my next project.
What an great guitarist! He took the song just where it was needing to go! If anyone is looking for a guitarist, look no further...great musician, great communicator, and fast!!! Also, extra clean tracks!
Thanks a million Bart! We will definitely be working again on my next project!
Bart is a perfect talented musician. Very easy to work with.
This is the 4th song he's provided guitar parts for me. This time it was an excellent acoustic rhythm track. Quick turn around. Good communication. Great musician to work with.
Another fantastic job by Bart. There is absolutely no reason not to hire him for your guitar tracks. Provided a great acoustic lead with a retro feel that was awesome accompanied by a equally cool electric guitar part.
Worked with Bart for a second time on a different song - he provided multiple instrument tracks - acoustic, banjo, lap steel and pedal steel. Listened to my requests carefully and delivered what I was looking for. Really has a good sense of what the song needs.
Bart is a great guitar player. He nailed the tone and style I was looking for with a quick turn around. I definitely recommend him!
Bart is a wonderful and a professional artist to work with . he delivers the work very fast. Thank you so much Bart
Bart is the very best guitar player I've ever had the opportunity to work with. Nothing's ever a problem, he gets things done in a timely manor and he's the most versatile guitar player around. Give him any music genre and he'll blow your mind!!!
There's nothing like giving a great musician a few songs and days later having all the tracks. Bart is not only a great musician but a true professional that gets the job done in a timely manor. I've been very pleased with his performance and I highly recommend you use him if you want your songs to come out the best way possible.
Bart is not only a great talent he's a true professional who's right on time with his work. I feel very blessed to find someone so talented and easy to work with.
Bart, is right on time, a real pleasure to work with. I can't express my opinion enough on what a great musician and person Bart is.
You want to best? You found the BEST!!!!
I truly don't know what I would do without Bart, he handles any song I give him with the ability to adjust to any style. Truly God sent and simply the BEST!!!!
What ever project, what ever gene of music Bart can handle it all. Nice giving your music to someone who knowing he's going to produce what's best for the song. A true professional, great work ethics and a pleasure to work with!!!
Bart is simply the best! Very easy to work with, down to earth, his passion and love for music is out of this world. So talented no matter what different styles I throw at him he nails it! He right on top of things, gets the songs done in a quick, timely manor with the best quality anyone could ask for.
Highly Recommended!!!! You won't be sorry!!!
When dealing with cool professional people like Bart it makes the world a better place. I was blown away by his versatility when giving him two different genres of music and each one he nailed it. Didn't have to say anything to him he knew exactly what to do and what I was looking for.
Highly, Highly recommended!!!! You will not be sorry!!!!
Interview with Bart Dietvorst
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Usually clients bring songs to me to records guitar lead and/or rhythm tracks for. This can be cd quality songs, demos, etc. Sometimes a (rough) indication is already recorded for a guitar idea, sometimes I get to color in a track with no guitars in it yet. Whatever is needed really. It can be electric guitars, acoustic guitars, some mandolin or banjo colouring, pedal steel, bass, etc. I can also provide other parts, not necesserarily for songs (samples for soundtrack/film music for example).
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: As a guitarist I like players like Brad Paisley, JD Simo, Guthrie Trapp, Robben Ford, etc. But a a musician I like artists such as Ryan Adams, Tom Petty, John Hiatt and Neil Young a lot.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I usually record with a Kemper Profiling Amp set up with a wide high quality range of sounds in it direct into the DAW/ interface. I have profiles available from most well known (classic) amps by Fender, Vox, Marshall, etc. Guitar-wise I have a wide range of instruments to suit almost everery recording; Tele, Strat, Les Paul, ES335, SG, Gretsch, 12 strings, acoustics, mandolin, banjo, lapsteel, bass, pedal steel, etc. Acoustics are recorded with a quality SE Electronics condensator mic. I have a wide range of pro plugins available in the DAW. I also have various tube amps by Fender and Supro available and tons of effect pedals.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I will load the song/ track(s) into my DAW and have a first listen to the song, whilst making notes on the chords used etc. Then I will come up with the parts needed and record them onto seperate tracks. When I'm satisfied I will edit (if needed) and export clean audiofiles (WAV) of the guitar tracks and a MP3 mix of the whole song with my parts for you to listen to and check.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I will bring in parts that fit the needs of the song and that fit in with your other parts. My parts will complement the song and make it stand out without unnessesary drawing attention to it and distract from the song itself. I will always make the part the way you want it the best I can.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Hearing what a song needs, translating that into music and recording it.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: All kinds of stuff. Americana, rock, country, pop, pop/rock, funk, soul, etc.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Try to let the song stand out, not your personal part in it.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Ryan Adams. He writes the most beautiful songs I would love to colour in.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Musical and rootsy with enough muscle if needed.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been a professional musician for 20 years now and I have been teaching, gigging and recording for even longer.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Tele, Fender Princeton, OCD pedal, delay pedal and a Pina Colada.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Read the session musician profiles and listen to the tracks they have on them. If it is to your liking; engage!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What is your song and how would you like it to sound? What's the BPM? Please provide a guide track (if possible with 2 bar click count in). What's the time frame for you getting the tracks back?
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I create music all day, there is nothing better!
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I promise you will be satisfied and get what you need!
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Working digitally has made things so much better and workflow faster. That together with the top quality sounds a Kemper (or similar) can produce with a good DAW is the best way to work for me. If needed I can also use analog/ tube amps etc.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: There are a lot of pro session players on here, too many to mention.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: I am doing several recording jobs for songs this week, some guitar sample recording and I'm working on some demos for original songs.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I am particularly proud of the tracks I recorded and co-wrote for my band Broken Sun. We play original Americana/ rootsrock songs and I co-write and play guitars (and occasionally banjo).