Why do the session legends all use P basses? Here's why.

Published December 29, 2018 in Bass Tips

Ever wondered why so many top session bassists use P basses?

Ever wondered why certain producers and engineers almost flat out refuse to track with anything other than a P bass?

It's weird, right?

Well, in this lesson I've got a very special guest with me... the LA session legend, Sean Hurley. Bassist for the likes of John Mayer, Robin Thicke, Idena Menzell and many, many more.

And you're about to hear his story about the P bass.

About the time when he turned up to the studio with his active 5 string, cut the track... and then was politely told...

"great playing, but errrr... that bass sound... errrr... I'm sure we'll be able to fix it in the mix"

Bass. Players. Nightmare.

Let's be serious.

Any musicians nightmare!

Obviously, check out the video... and find out what happened next, and how it was a defining moment in Sean's career.


Lesson Summary:

  • This lesson is taken from an SBL course with session bassist Sean Hurley.
  • Sean hung out with us in NYC and shed some light on the studio secrets that I always nerd out about.
  • Including why he takes a P Bass to every session that he does!
  • Why they sound so good in a band mix.
  • And why studio engineers love them.
  • I’ll also show you the trailer from that course featuring singer-songwriter David Ryan Harris and drummer Rich Mercurio.


Key Quotes:

“If you’re anything like me then it’s stuff like this that’s really interesting. Why do so many session players use a Fender P Bass?”

“For the way I hit the strings, the P Bass seems to maximize all the good stuff, but it’s also a confidence thing. A lot of the guys that hire me know that P Basses have had a lot of home runs.”


If you enjoy this lesson, you'll really dig these courses:

1. Session Musician Secrets With Sean Hurley
2. Session Musician Secrets - Course Q&A
3. Bass Recording Masterclass with Warren Huart
4. The Groove Formula


As always, see you in the shed...

Scott :)

PS. This lesson was taken directly from this course where Sean breaks down exactly what it takes to be a session musician, how to get into the business, and all the tips and tricks he's learned along the way.

If you're an SBL member you already have full access to this course (so what ya waiting for?!)... if you're not, just grab your 14 day free trial here and come join the party!

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