Jim McLaren

Guitar/Keys/Chapman Stick/Bass

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Session guitarist, keyboardist, bassist and Chapman Stickist - I also enjoy making 8-bit Nintendo style music. 20+ years playing in various musical situations - from being a pit musician in an orchestra for musical theatre, to studying jazz, to playing all over Canada and Europe with the progressive rock band, "INCURA"

I once taught John Cena a piano lesson!

Got your attention..?:)

I've been playing piano, guitar and bass for most of my life, I've been recording myself since the mid 1990's with 4-track cassettes, and continue to record commercial/professional quality tracks from my home studio. Fast turnaround of guitar, bass or keyboard tracks, with impeccable attention paid to sound quality. Guitar and bass tracks can be sent with DI tracks as well, keyboard tracks can be sent as audio, MIDI or both.

For guitars, I'm able to provide electric, acoustic, 12-string, banjo, mandolin or ukulele. I own Marshall, Fender-vintage and modern amps, plus any tone you can imagine, and access to everything on the market to get that sound! I have stunning plugins for Pianos, Fender Rhodes, Hammond B3 organ, Wurlitzer, and a ton of synths, plus access to a real MOOG Little Phatty and several Korg analog synths.

I also play Chapman Stick, if you're interested in getting any 80's Peter Gabriel era Tony Levin Bass lines. It also has a wonderful tone that compliments most types of music, especially acoustic music.

I also love to make 8-bit retro video game music!

I'd love to collaborate, bounce ideas and inspire (and GET inspired) by making great music with others. I really enjoy any music in the rock, pop, indie, blues and jazz world. Contact me and let's discuss your project!

Send me a note through the contact button above.

Jim McLaren YouTube Channel Theme Music

I was the engineer, writer and session musician in this production

Terms Of Service

Fast turnaround time (within 48 hours typically), as many revisions as you need (within reason). There will be no additional costs beyond the song fee.

GenresSounds Like
  • Dream Theater
  • Muse
  • Steely Dan
Gear Highlights
  • Les Paul Custom/Standard
  • 5 Fender Stratocasters
  • LINE6 Variax Modelling Guitar
  • Baritone Stratocaster
  • Fender Basses
  • Fretless Bass
  • Rickenbacker bass
  • Electric upright bass
  • Chapman Stick
  • MOOG Little Phatty
  • Every major Keyboard in plugin format
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