Magazine article Guitar Player

Grady Martin: August 1969

Magazine article Guitar Player

Grady Martin: August 1969

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One of GP's fab content innovations was its "Pro's Reply" columns that brought readers into the worlds of professional sessions and live performances, and offered insights from guitar stars. We're celebrating that grand idea by republishing some of the most interesting bits from the "Pro's Reply" archive.--MM

PRO'S REPLY

Grady Martin

As the musician most in demand for recording in Nashville you are called upon to create original licks for many different artists. How do you go about developing an original idea and how do you tailor it to a particular artist?

A. In my case it's just sort of a free-play thing, kind of like a jam, with a certain amount of restriction. It depends on the artist and the material they're doing.

Q. Does the artist say "that's the way I want it" or is this left up to you?

A. It's mostly left up to me. My bad judgment maybe. …

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