Session Work

It would be a pleasure to sing and/or play on your recording session. I am classically trained in both voice and guitar, but I have not let formal lessons restrict the breadth of variety in styles I sing and play. I have recorded at Smars Studios in San Francisco and with M-Stork in Los Angeles. I do most of my work in these two cities. I can provide references if needed, and feel free to search the internet for samples of my work (you can find me under Lars, Lars Rosager [not to be confused with my cousin, a dancer and teacher], Lars C. Rosager, Lars Christian Rosager, Larz, Elçiar, Lorenzo del Campo . . .). So that you have an idea of my vocal range and guitar gear, please see the following two summaries.

Voice

Range: from G one perfect eleventh below middle C to E one major tenth above middle C.

Guitar

I own five guitars: two steel-string six-strings, one nylon-string six-string, one seven-string, and one five-course Baroque guitar.

The older of the two steel-string six-strings is a 1969 Martin 00-18 acoustic steel-string guitar. This guitar is especially great for blues, but its beauty does not stop there. It is not a dreadnought-style body, so the sound is more punchy than some larger-bodied acoustic guitars. (The 00-18 model has a smaller body.) I usually tune to standard EADGBE tuning, but I am willing to change if your music calls for it. I have a capo, steel and glass slides, and other acoustic accessories. This guitar is not set up with a pickup.

The newer steel-string six-string is made by a company called Seagull from Québec.  It puts forth a wonderful, bell-like tone acoustically. As it is equipped with a pickup (not an add-on of mine, but part of the hand-made guitar from Seagull themselves), the variety of electrically generated tones is potentially very wide. This guitar has steel strings and a cutaway.

The nylon-string six-string is an EC-10 by Eterna, an offshoot of Yamaha. The guitar is purely acoustic. The sonic output is clear and bright with great definition—a standard classical-style guitar.

The seven-string is a 2007 nylon-string acoustic by Mexican luthier Montalvo (#CasaMontalvoGuitars). This guitar is customized a little bit. The strings are not in the “standard” classical guitar layout in that the lowest string is round wound, the next four are flat wound (#ThomastikInfeldStrings), and the highest two are black nylon.  The sound is heavenly, and if you want more detail, please contact me via email or telephone. The upper register (past the tenth fret) is fretless. I normally tune to AEADGBE, but, again, would be willing to accommodate with scordature.

The five-course Baroque guitar is absolutely charming. It was built by Zachary Taylor, who closely followed the model of seventeenth-century luthier A. Voboam. The Baroque was an important period for the guitar, one in which the rawness of folk guitar style melded with learned lute techniques. As the term five-course implies, there are five sets of strings tuned (from lowest to highest) aA, dD, gg, bb, e. This guitar, though it does not have a pickup, would be lovely for many genres – not just music composed in, or modeled after, the Baroque. For more information, please see James Tyler’s article “The Guitar and its Performance from the Fifteenth to Eighteenth Centuries,” or contact me directly. My master’s thesis is on music for this instrument.

I have played and owned many other guitars before the three I have described. I am familiar with solid body electrics, hollow bodies, semi hollow bodies, twelve-strings, dobros, etc. If you would like to use other gear, I am more than happy to play it or help in the search for just the right sound. Any filters or effects pedals, loops, patches, etc. you would like me to sing or play through would not present any problem. My starting rate is $100 USD/hour. This may be negotiable. Thank you.