Elevate your songs

Take your music to the next level with evocative, imaginative, and textured pro guitar recordings.

  • Risk-free money-back guarantee
  • Free sample available
  • Resonators, mandolins, banjo, and uke and more

My background

I’ve spent years touring the world with major artists, performed in the hit musical Come From Away and recorded at studios from NYC to Nashville.

The albums I’ve played on have received rave reviews, thousands of streams and countless industry nominations and awards.

Now, I’m offering singer/songwriters all over the world the chance to elevate their sound without ever stepping foot in a studio.

Expertise

My goal is to create layered and nuanced parts for any track, filling it out where it’s needed and pulling back at all the right spots to make sure that your voice is what shines through.

Instruments:

Electric & acoustic guitar
Mandolin
Banjo
Ukelele
Bouzouki
Dobro
Resonator
And more

Four simple steps. One amazing result.

1. Contact
Fill out the form below to get a quote and book a one-on-one call. We’ll discuss your music, ideas and any goals you may have.

2. Confirm
Your session will be confirmed as soon as you upload your tracks and submit a payment.

3. Listen
You’ll be sent a stereo mix of your track with the new parts added. If you have any revisions, I’ll take care of them free of charge.

4. Download​
As soon as you’re happy with the way things sound, you’ll be able to download your individual tracks and mix them into your session. It’s that easy.

My Portfolio

Solos

Adrian Nation

Electric Slide Guitar, Electric Guitar, Mandolin, Tenor Banjo

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Aviva Chernick

Mandolin, Acoustic Guitar

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Birds of Chicago

Electric Guitar

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Orchestration (multi-instruments/parts)

Famba

Acoustics guitars, Electric Guitars, Tenor Banjo

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Jadea Kelly

Electric Slide Guitar, Resonator, Mandolin, Tenor Banjo

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Lindsay Foote

Ac. Guitar, Mandolin, Resonator, Banjo, Electric Gtr (ambient)

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Textural playing

Shawna Caspi

Electric Guitar, Resonator Guitar

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Birds of Chicago

Electric guitar

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Desiree Dorion

Electric Guitars

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Ensemble playing

Lydia Persaud

Electric Guitar

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Lindsay Foote

Electric Guitars, Ac. Guitars

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Great Lake Swimmers

National Guitar, E Gtr, Mandolin

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Clients

Studio and equipment​

My studio has been acoustically designed to deliver high fidelity recordings of fretted instruments. Each session is recorded using top-of-the-line equipment.

Microphones by Neumann, DPA and Royer
Preamps by BAE, GRACE and RME
Converters by Burl and Dangerous Audio

Testimonials

“As a guitarist, Joel contributes great-sounding, technically flawless tracks—delivered with tremendous feel, impeccable rhythm and beautiful tone—to songs of all genres.”

Donna Grantis
Guitarist (Prince)

““Joel is a one-of-a-kind musician, and he takes great care in his ability to create. His warm, unique approach to music is unmatched. He’s able to fill the space and add layers effortlessly.”

Jessica Mitchell
Singer/songwriter

“I’m so glad I found Joel. He’s a world-class musician, he has uncanny creative instincts and he’s a true pro who always delivers high-quality recordings in a timely fashion.”

Chris Burke-Gaffney
Producer

“It was like getting six session players for the price of one!

Shawna Caspi
Singer/songwriter

“To date, I have worked with Joel on two albums. He added his own individuality to each song, while maintaining a distinct soundscape throughout both projects. He is diverse, professional and incredibly easy to work with. Worth every penny!”

Desiree Dorion
Singer/Songwriter

“Not only is he technically an amazing player, he is immensely creative and what I would call a ‘craftsman.’ The incredible guitars and instruments he has in his arsenal, the way he’s recording them with top-end mics and gear, and of course the quality of his playing make him really special.”

Luke McMaster
Singer/Songwriter

“Beautiful and intelligent ethereal twang. The melodies are, in every sense of the word, haunting.”
 

Paul Quarrington
Author/Musician
“Joel brings bullseye instincts, huge ears and exacting standards to every project he’s involved in…every note is there for a reason, every sound makes perfect sense and everyone is happy at the end of the session. Work with him and you’ll see what I mean.”
 
Andrea Koziol
Singer/songwriter

Risk-Free Guarantee

Trusting anyone with your music is a big deal. That’s why I’ll do everything I can to make sure you’re beyond happy with your session.

I’ve played on hundreds of tracks for countless happy clients, but in the event that you’re not 100% satisfied with my work, I’ll provide you with a full refund.

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FAQ

Some artists want to work with people they know or their current band members. That can yield great results, but the problem is sometimes the band members don’t have studio experience, don’t know how to dial in great sounds, don’t have world-class recording gear, and don’t work as quickly or comfortably in the studio.

That’s where I come in.

I’ve played in bands my entire career and now as a session musician I apply the same creativity and commitment to the studio work I do. I deliver very high-quality results for your track quickly, easily, and strive to make a fun and creative experience for you.

To start a project, get in touch with me by filling out the form below. You’ll be able to tell me a bit about your project to get the ball rolling, and book a call to talk one on one.

To confirm your session, all you need to do is make a payment using a credit card.

After a payment is made, you will receive an email with details on how to upload your files.

Once the session is complete, I’ll email you a stereo rough mix with the new parts added. Most projects get approved in the first round, but if you do need revisions, I’ll be happy to make them. Once everything sounds good, I’ll send you individual files that are ready to mix.

No. Everything I send you is 100% royalty-free.

If you need help exporting your files, I will provide easy instructions for your DAW.

I will provide a detailed and easy-to-use upload guide.

Session files should be .wav, but I can work in a range of samples rates (44.1khz to 96khz). The recommended format is 48khz 24bit .wav files, exported from zero.

We do not! Please export just the .wav files from your session.

No. My specialty is coming up with unique, supportive parts. If you happen to have a notated chart, lead sheet, or Nashville number chart, you’re welcome to send it along.

It’s not cheap. I put all my resources into the projects I take on to make sure they sounds as good as they can. 

No. My firm policy is to never share your music with anyone during the recording process. Unless I have your written permission to post or share, your music will be kept strictly confidential.

Once you receive your files, simply drag them into your DAW and they will be ready to be mixed. If you have any questions, you’re welcome to reach out for more detailed instructions.

Click the green message button in the bottom right corner and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Joel Schwartz is a seasoned guitarist and multi-instrumentalist. With 20 years of experience as a professional musician, he records instrumental parts for folk, Americana, roots, blues, and indie-rock musicians and composers.

Joel has toured and/or recorded with Birds of Chicago, Amelia Curran, Matthew and Jill Barber, Great Lake Swimmers, Royal Wood, Jessica Mitchell, Aviva Chernick, Andrea Koziol, Dione Taylor, Lydia Persaud, Jadea Kelly, and many others.

The recordings he’s played on have won, or been nominated for numerous awards including the Junos, Canadian Folk Music Awards, Western Canadian Folk Music Awards, and Ontario Folk Music Awards. 

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