#1
I know it's a really general question, but I just have no clue where to start... So, I figured I try to get the help of all of you awesome UGers! (Would kissing up do me any good? heh heh...)
To help, here is a little a little background on myself:
I am a guitarist, and I'll play just about any style. (I can't think of any I don't play, but I'm sure there is something)
I don't have a band, but I can make reasonably good backing tracks.
I'm in the suburbs.

So yeah, with this incredibly broad question, anyone have any tips for finding a getting gigs? Or just making a bit of money off of my music? I love playing, but I would also like to see it be productive. thanks for any help in advance!
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#2
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I am a guitarist, and I'll play just about any style. (I can't think of any I don't play, but I'm sure there is something)

Klezmer.

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#3
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I am a guitarist, and I'll play just about any style. (I can't think of any I don't play, but I'm sure there is something)


i stopped reading at that part.
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#4
Make a lemonade stand.
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#5
Fap on passers-by and hope that one owns a bar or club and get you in on some "musical" action.
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#6
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Make a lemonade stand.

keeping this one in mind.

and theogonia777, sorry if that came out wrong. I wasn't trying to sound arrogant, I was just trying to avoid limiting my options.
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#7
Email venues. That's about it.
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#8
First, I'd say to get a band. Venues are MUCH less likely to book solo artists, unless they've got a clear group of people who go to see them.

Second, the best thing you can do is network. The best way to do this, for someone in your position, is to go see as many other local bands as you can. After the band plays, go and find one of their members (most often either the singer or guitarist handles networking), and talk to him. Suck up a bit, but also mention how you have a group, looking to play shows, etc. They very well may have an offer for you, or a phone number/facebook/email address of someone who you can talk to. This way works. Trust me.
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#9
If you're by yourself it will be harder. Just email and call places you want to play. Be prepared to get rejected since you aren't really established or you'll get the earliest time slot and play at 7:00 for 30 minutes in front of 15 people. You have to start somewhere and get a fan base established. Like I said, your main problem is not having an actual band.
#10
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First, I'd say to get a band. Venues are MUCH less likely to book solo artists, unless they've got a clear group of people who go to see them.

Second, the best thing you can do is network. The best way to do this, for someone in your position, is to go see as many other local bands as you can. After the band plays, go and find one of their members (most often either the singer or guitarist handles networking), and talk to him. Suck up a bit, but also mention how you have a group, looking to play shows, etc. They very well may have an offer for you, or a phone number/facebook/email address of someone who you can talk to. This way works. Trust me.


Hope that helps.
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#11
Quote by RANDUMB!
keeping this one in mind.

and theogonia777, sorry if that came out wrong. I wasn't trying to sound arrogant, I was just trying to avoid limiting my options.


like someone else said, get a band first. playing live with backing tracks can be very tricky, unless you want to be one of those cool guys who just sits on stage with an acoustic and sings and plays harmonica. that can work, but it's not for everyone, and if it's not for you getting a band together is probably your best bet, even if it does take time.

just be open to playing different things and look all around for people to play with. also, try playing at any local open mic nights. that's a good way to meet people while getting out and playing in front of people.

and you said you can make backing tracks, so maybe try to record a demo of your playing, and put it up on the internet or give copies to all your friends. it might eventually get out to someone that will find it interesting and that could very well lead to meeting up with you could potentially start up a project with.

another thing to consider is that their are bands that write and record albums without playing live shows, which is something to consider. it is much harder to be successful that way, and music is very difficult to succeed in as it is, but you never know. and if you put out completed albums there is always the possibility that you will be able to find people that would be interested in playing that material live.
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#12
If you really want to be a solo act, start playing (for free) at local open mic nights, gaining experience and hopefully a few fans. Then after a month or two of that email pubs/bars asking to perform, they are more likely to say yes if you have experience performing and a few fans, even if its just your friends.

Also, if you can, record a demo tape, if you send a venue a sample of your songs - recorded properly, they are much more likely to accept you to play there.
#13
Check out some local promoters. If they like you they will book you again, ofcourse you need to actually bring a crowd to make any significant impact.
#14
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