#1
Hey MT, I'm 16 and about to be a senior in high school. I play piano, bass, and guitar, in my opinion, fairly well, and I also play tenor sax and harmonica(if it really matters check my Youtube account, and also know I haven't uploaded anything in a while). I started off classically on piano, had a 2-year or so "metal" phase during which I picked up some tech-death stuff on guitar, and have since played mostly jazz. I'd like to think, in the least arrogant way possible, that I am pretty damn knowledgeable as far as music theory goes, particularly for someone my age. I can read fairly well. In all honesty, I'm not THAT worried about getting "good enough" to gig or do whatever it is I'm going to do. I think I'm on the right track already and I am damn well going to keep working on it.

Anyway, what I'm REALLY freaking out about, plain and simple, is my adult life I guess. I'm thinking essentially giving private lessons, gigging as often as possible in whatever setting I can get my hands on, and maybe working at a music store. MAYBE session work, but that's not the kind of thing I'm gonna count on. As far as I know, this doesn't sound entirely unreasonable, but the whole game of networking is entirely foreign to me. I need to get gigs somehow, right? How hard is it to establish yourself? How (un)comfortably will I live?

Also, college. I've been thinking about going to Berklee, and am in fact, heading up there in 2 weeks for their summer guitar session thing, but is it really worth the investment(my goals considered)? There are plenty of schools around where I live with good music programs, including the local community college I was thinking of going to to get my GE's out of the way and transfer from. Do I get significantly more credibility from going to Berklee, and does that credibility even matter in my line of proposed work? What do y'all think?
#2
A piece of paper will only get you so far. Assuming it was in a resume you were mailing to a studio or something a deggree from berklee might help you stand out. BUt your crowd isnt going to care what school you graduated from if they dont like your playing. For getting gigs record a demo and hand it around to bars/ clubs place that offer live music. I also encourage you to take your guitar with you and go watch live music often your self if your a good improviser or know cover tunes. you can "sit in" with other live bands and play a couple songs with them. THat wont make you money but it will get you noticed and on the track to getting gigs there.
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#3
You'll get the most gigs as an upright player, and a lot of schools throw money at good bass players because there aren't as many of them and they are always needed in big bands, small groups, duos, ect.
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#4
Thanks Techno, never really thought about just going into places to get noticed like that, I'll keep it in mind.

Great, I play upright.
#5
No problem!
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Vox tone lab
Vox ac50
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vintage phase 90
Money towards this gear = $0.00

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Yeah I dreamt I was fighting Master Hand, but then I woke up to realize I was jackin' it in my sleep.