Overstable By Design
- Aug 4, 2011
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- Lincolnton NC
I would be surprised if he could not read music well being a serious studio guitarist before. I agree about well know folks, but not one who were studio type musicians for hire before hitting it big.
Glen Campbell was one of twelve children born in a small town in Arkansas. When he was only four, his father bought him his first guitar. Within two years, he'd become a masterful player. By the age of fourteen he'd already left home to pursue music full-time. Joining a three piece band led by his uncle Dick Bills in Albuquerque, New Mexico, he later toured the Southwest with his own band. At twenty-four, Glen made the big move to L.A. and despite the fact that he couldn't read music, became one the "hottest" studio musicians in the business, backing such greats as Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole and Elvis Presley. He even toured as a member of the Beach Boys.
The whole interview with Gary James.
Ok, it is possible. Just unusual in his line of work.
I suppose it would just be wrong to honor him without posting this classic.
Dad was a big fan and The Goodtime Hour was must-see TV at his house. Of course, his knucklehead son didn't get it till much later. A remarkable talent.
It's really not that difficult. I don't read and did quite a bit of studio back in the day. Of course, someone that learned by ear, like myself, might find it very hard to rehearse with a bunch of reader musicians and vise versa. But the kind of music Glen was doing could easily be considered "no brainer" material. The music wasn't that complex. "Gimme a tape and I'll have the parts worked out in a couple of days" I'd be surprised if it were any different that just that.
Gary, I have played for a long time, and almost exclusively by ear. It depends on the type of studio gig. There are some where they want you to be creative and there may not be charts, and others where they want you to sight read the part pronto. All depends.