#1
Hello, I am 22 years old and feel like I am having a bit of a life crisis. I graduated university in May with high marks and got accepted into graduate school. However, I am not sure if my career choice is a good fit for me but since I only started grad school in September, its hard to tell.

However, I have always loved guitar and taught it as a part time job in my undergrad years. I keep having thoughts of just pursuing music teaching at a recognized music lesson place and also have my own side business related to guitar teaching.

I am just curious if anyones had success with guitar and making a living or any personal opinions on the matter? Any discussion is appreciated!
#2
It won't be an amazingly comfortable living, but you can probably make it.
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#5
The more screwed your academic life gets, the more you think about "becoming an artist".


That was my observation, mostly derived from my own experiences.
But then (unexpectedly) I passed the exams and (not so unexpectedly) realized that I suck at guitar. So now I'm totally focused on university, where I will probably be able to achieve more.

That's all I have to say.
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For everyone who makes a living playing guitar, there are at least 100 others (if not more) who would like to.

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You can always go to teacher's college and become a high school music teacher.

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Fixed. This is a terrible occupation unless you love teaching high school kids.
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#8
How much money did you make teaching guitar part-time? If you started teaching full-time, would you have enough money to live off?
Maybe spend a summer teaching full-time to see what it's like.

Also, in the UK there's this thing called the Registry of Guitar Tutors . Maybe there's a similar thing in the US or wherever you live. I think that'll give you more credibility as a professional.
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Fixed. This is a terrible occupation unless you love teaching high school kids.

Thanks. I missed that.
#12
What's your degree in? Both out of curiousity, and because it might be able to help you in some way.
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#13
You have to be lucky to make a good living playing guitar. You can be exceptionally good but in the end you have to be in the right place at the right time for the most part.
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#14
im looking to study to teach guitar in the future as well.

heres what i think; even in times of real economic depression, like what most of us have been starting to see, art still lives. Movies, music, etc etc etc- all provide this relief and distraction, as a luxury and for people who are not living so well. We all live for a dream, and our imagination really pushes us, so even when reality is cold, art and entertainment can provide us with a "dream". For example, music and film were huge even in the great depression
#15
You probably had more of a chance if you were 22 in the 1970s. Now it's too late.
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#16
I do it, It's friggin hard, you need to constantly be searching for work unless you can get a resident job somewhere. A manager is very helpful if you wanna do it for a living.
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#17
i dont know if we have the ability to create life in geometric shapes. if one could make a living guitar i still dont know if it would be playable.
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i dont know if we have the ability to create life in geometric shapes. if one could make a living guitar i still dont know if it would be playable.

Haha, I get it. Because he said "making a living, playing, guitar."
Oh wait, no he didn't.
It's almost as if grammar makes the meaning of the statement perfectly clear.