Leland Bruce “Lee” Sklar (born May 28, 1947) is an American musician and film score composer. A prominent electric bassist, Sklar has contributed to over 2,000 albums as a session musician. He has collaborated with a number of well-known performers and recorded soundtracks to films and television shows.
Sklar studied music at California State University, Northridge. It was during that time he met James Taylor, who invited him to play bass at some venues. They both thought that the work would be short-term, but soon Taylor’s career took off with his first hit records, and Sklar came into the limelight. He was soon asked to record with others, and his long career began.
Sklar’s favorite instrument is a hand-carved 1962 Fender Jazz Bass.
In 2004, Sklar began playing a signature model 5 string bass made by Dingwall Guitars of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. This was his main bass on tour and he used them in various recordings. The bass uses fanned frets which result in longer low strings and shorter high strings.
In 2010, Sklar began playing the Warwick Star Bass II which has since become his main bass in the studio.
In 2010 Sklar joined the Troubadour Reunion Tour accompanying James Taylor and Carole King.
In 2013, after years of having been a Warwick Star Bass II user, he became an endorser of that instrument.