LA session bassist Paul Ill and I recently completed a new book called The Studio Musician's Handbook. In it we cover all the things that you need to know to become a studio musician, including things like the different types of sessions you might play on, what equipment you need, what kind of chops are required, how much you can make and who hires session musicians.
Also covered is something very important but always overlooked when discussing session players, which is the proper studio etiquette that all top studio musician's must have in order to keep working.
The book also contains individual players guides for just about every instrument (including strings, horns and percussion), as well as 14 interviews with top players like Ricky Lawson, Leland Sklar, Rami Jaffee and Brian MacLeod.
There's a DVD that accompanies the book and it contains a few more interviews as well as a look into a session at a top Hollywood studio. A sample of the DVD is included in the trailer below.
The Studio Musician's Handbook is published by Hal Leonard and won't be available until October, but a table of contents and some sample chapters and interviews are available on the bobbyowsinski.com website right now. Below is the trailer for the book.