Hallo there, I'm Gerhard, I'm a Berlin / Germany based guitarist, and I'm happy to play the guitars that you need to make your song / production shine. After working as a professional guitar player for over 20 years, I have all the experience and skills to add the guitars to your song / recording that you just dreamed of.
Acoustic guitar (steel string or nylon string),
Lap steel guitar,
Pedal steel guitar,
If you like to have any of these instruments on your recording, you're in the right place.
I speak english, german and french.
I am currently a member of the Blue Man Group Band in Berlin and I have toured and recorded with many artists internationally.
Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.
4 ReviewsEndorse Gerhard Schmitt
I’ve been friends with Gerhard for many years and he is an amazingly talented and versatile guitarist, pedal steal and zither player, singer, songwriter, composer, sound engineer, producer and the list goes on!
He is also loyal, trustworthy, easy going and great to work with. I highly recommend him as a world class professional and a great friend!
Gerhard is an extremely well-rounded musician. I have shared the stage with him AND worked with him in studio settings and, he always knows exactly what to play and he elevates the level of whatever project he is partaking in. He always is on time, has a great attitude, and is easy to work with. I wholeheartedly recommend him.
Gerhard is a fantastic player with superb taste. He plays with great feel and adds that extra bit to your tracks that will make it special! I would say he's one of the most versatile guitar players I know. Plus a great guy to hang and work with!
I know Gerhard sinc so many years and he is always a dream to work with. He is a such a talented musician and a pro in all sort of stringed instruments. Go and get him! Highly recommended
Interview with Gerhard Schmitt
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: People sometimes are irritated that I feel at home in a lot of different styles of music. But I do. :-)
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: 21 Pilots, Broods, Ed Sheeran, Billie Eilish, Mac Miller, Apparat, Khruangbin, Little Barrie, Sia, Sufjan Stevens, Bill Frisell, Bosse, Alessia Cara, The Meters, Prince, Frank Zappa to name just a few.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I am part of Blue Man Group. I've been a band member since over 15 years, playing guitar, bass, electric zither and chapman stick. I have toured the world with this show and especially the electric zither is a fascinating instrument.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Björn Werra - bass player, Friedrich Stoermer - mixing engineer
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Is there any reference track or reference guitar you could give me, to figure out how you want the end product to sound ?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: I think the better you have prepared your material, the faster you can get good results. Splitting up a song into stems seems like a good idea to me. It always helps me a lot to have the vocals, the drums and the "rest" on different tracks when I record, so I can make myself the ideal mix to play to.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I started playing guitar at the age of 10, electric guitar at 12, and pretty soon after that I was torn into metal, shredding and fast guitar solos. Fortunately, that's not where I stayed for the rest of my life, so today I'm more into songs and playing rather in a supportive way that in a "I can play faster that you" way.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: I love M/S mic positioning for acoustic guitars, to make them sound bigger, and to have a mono compatible stereo signal.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: I've always wanted to be a professional musician, and I am incredibly happy that this part of my dreams has come true.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both, because both are great, just different.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Assuming there's electricity on the island, right ? ;-) Probably my red Gibson ES 333, my Fender Blues Deluxe amp, my Fender Strat, my Takamine steel string acoustic and my laptop, to record all my ideas, and of course to reply to your requests as far as possible. (Let's hope there's not only electricity, but some Wifi, too...)
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I'm wandering back and forth between the digital and the analog world, picking the best parts of both.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: Guitar parts that compliment the voice and the song, maybe riffs & guitar solos, bass lines, sounds, chords, rhythm, funkyness,
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I first listen to the whole song, see if any ideas are poping up immediately. Sonetimes I record ideas on my phone, to keep them. Then I learn the song and try to put my ideas to work.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Anything that is calles "popular music". Meaning I play Pop, Rock, Funk, Soul, Metal, Singer Songwriter, you name it, but I am the wrong guy if you are looking for somebody who can play classical music. :-)
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Playing electric and / or acoustic guitar on a song or track that the client sends me.