Custom Riffs

Do you need a jazzy guitar solo for a song you're recording? JLA Music can record one to your specifications. Are you looking for a cool bass line to complete a recording of your new jazz composition? Let Jeff at JLA Music know what you're looking for and he'll create it for you in his custom riffs shop. He's an expert composer, arranger, performer, contrapuntalist, orchestrator, and recording engineer (plus a trained and skilled guitarist, pianist, and singer) so he can bring all those skills to bear on anything you might need.

He's created parts for virtually all standard instruments. He learned to play most of them when he earned his undergraduate music education degree, plus he's taken individual lessons in several of them: guitar, piano, bassoon, and voice. When he creates a custom riff, he either knows how to play it on the real instrument, sing it, or he can synthesize it to sound natural by dint of his experience and training.

Here's a list of the instruments that he has recorded, either by playing them, singing them, or creating synthesized parts:

  • Woodwinds: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Saxophone, Basssoon
  • Bass: Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, Tuba
  • Strings: Guitar, Violin, Viola, Cella, Contrabass, Electric Bass
  • Percussion: too many to list but includes the standard instruments like snare, bass drum, cymbals, hi-hat, traiangle, etc.
  • Keyboard: Piano, Organ, and others
  • Vocals

Jeff is a specialist in creating custom riffs. He can come up with just about any instrument you can think of and make it sound like the real thing. He can lay down a solo or accompaniment riff in whatever style you need. Jeff can compose or arrange a custom riff that will fit your needs perfectly.

Need an up-tempo upright bass line for your swing tune? You got it! Are you looking for a punk rhythm guitar riff for your original punk song? No problem! Plus, if he can't do it himself - though chances are he can - he knows lots of excellent musicians he can call on!

He's been creating custom riffs for clients and friends for a long time. He's been composing and arranging music for over 35 years and studied music at the undergraduate and graduate level with some of the best teachers around, including a Pulitzer Prize winner. Check out the sample riffs below and get in touch with JLA Music if you want some of your own custom riffs!

Collaboration with Anthony

For the last couple of years, Jeff of JLA Music has collaborated with Anthony, a songwriter, musician, and recording engineer who lives in the southern United States - over a thousand miles from the JLA Music studio. Anthony has been writing songs for decades and hired Jeff to record guitar parts to use with some of his songs. We've collaborated on six of his songs with plans to do more. It's been a wonderful partnership.

The process goes like this: Anthony uploads a rough recorded version of his song to a Dropbox account that we share. After he describes what kind of guitar parts he wants, Jeff imports Anthony's rough draft recording into his recording software and records the guitar parts. Jeff records several takes and keeps the best ones. After some editing, he uploads them to the shared Dropbox folder. Anthony downloads them, imports them into his recording software, picks the ones he likes, and mixes them into his recording. Anthony creates a master recording and uploads it to Dropbox so that Jeff can hear the completed song. It is a challenging process but it is completely rewarding to hear how things come together in the end.

Here are two excerpts of riffs that Jeff recorded for Anthony, followed by corresponding excerpts from the final song that Anthony mastered.

Excerpt of Jeff's Rhythm Guitar Riff
for the Beginning of Anthony's Song

The Same Excerpt as Used in Anthony's Song



Excerpt of the Rhythm Guitar Riff
for the Bridge of Anthony's Song

The Same Excerpt as Used in Anthony's Song



Anthony's Complete Song

Interested in Anthony's Music?

JLA Music hopes you want to learn more about Anthony's music. If you're interested in purchasing his songs or recording them, or just want to contact him, please contact us and we will get you in touch with him. JLA Music is very proud to be collaborating with Anthony. (Please note that this song is copyrighted and owned by Anthony so it is illegal (and downright rude!) to make a copy of it.)

Contact JLA Music

If you would like JLA Music to create some custom riffs for your recording project, please contact JLA Music. We'd love to put our talent, experience, and hard work into making your project as good as possible. We're sure you will be completely happy with the result.

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