Guitar playing and music have been very good to me. And when you do it right, it can be very good for you too.
I started out playing guitar for my own enjoyment playing in bands at parties, weddings and dances … little did I know where all this was taking me.
Thirty nine years latter I'm still playing guitar for my own enjoyment (and enjoying it more than ever), playing and recording at some of the best recording studios in the world.
Along the way I'm picked up some clues that made all the difference to my professional guitar playing career.
Fortunately, I discovered a number of concepts about the guitar, music and the music industry early in my guitar playing days, these concepts will help you make massive shortcuts in playing the guitar as a career.
Here they are …
To skyrocket your guitar playing and your career it's essential that you understand there's three levels of guitar playing.
1. The non-professional guitarist
2. Semi-professional guitarist
3. Professional guitarist
Here's a brief overview of each category:
The non-professional may play as well as the professional, it simply means that a player in this category does not accept any money for their performance.
In some ways the non-professional guitarist has a distinct advantage over the professional and semi-professional players. Because they do not play for money they are free to select where, when and for what they will play.
Essentially, non-professional players are free to play whatever that want and this helps keep their music making ventures fun and fresh.
The semi-professional on the other hand does accept payment for their playing however guitar playing would not be their primary source of income.
Often guitarists in this category are involved in weekend gigs ie, weddings, socials and dances.
Semi-professional players usually have bookings they can rely on such as New Year's eve and birthday celebrations usually booked twelve months in advance, however on average 70% or more of their regular monthly income comes from outside of their music performances.
The professional guitarist derives all of their income from offering their musical skills.
As you can see the various labels have absolutely nothing to do with the musical quality of the guitarist the categories simply identify how the performer derives their income.
The neat thing about being aware of the three levels of guitar playing is that you can (a) decide which category you are in now and (b) determine which category you want to be in at a later date.
And oh, by the way, there will be those that try to come up with multiple reasons why this does not work and therefore you should not do it. They are wrong.
Just give them permission to think that way. Your job is to keep practicing and focusing on your career goals by playing more and more guitar.
I invite you to use these tips and tools when you play the guitar.