#1
I graduated with a university degree...but I have an interest in pursuing my own business
for guitar teaching and whatnot. Anyone try it? Any experiences or input how you balance work/guitar?
#3
The largest regular income I had from music was late spring last year.
I was in two covers bands and teaching two regular students and a few one off students.

I'd make £40-£60 per gig (pretty much one every Saturday, if not Friday and Saturday) and I'd get roughly £15 from teaching in the week. (I didn't treat it as money to live off and had no degrees or anything so I only charged my students £5 an hour).

But. As I said I wasn't treating this like I was living off of it. One of the covers bands I was in was just because they needed a bassist, I happened to be quick at learning sets, plus my other band's drummer was on drums for a while. My other band was only a cover band because of our singer, she's now left and we're looking for a singer for originals.
Plus my student base was very small and I was under-charging them by quite a lot.

Just a very rough idea on some numbers from someone who was doing it reasonably casually!
#4
If your good at guitar and like teaching, and you live in an area that has a need for a guitar teacher you can do very well.

Around here I see one on one lessons for 15 dollars per half hour and that's considered a good price.

So if you get enough students that's 30 dollars an hour playing guitar. say you manage to get 80 kids for 40 hours a week that's 1200 a week or 62,400 a year.
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#5
That's what I'm planning on doing. It's unrealistic and gunna be hard, but that's my aim in life. To live comfortably from music.
#6
My guitar teacher is amazing, and he charges 12$ per half-hour lesson. I think it's crazy, but anyhow, I plan to follow in his footsteps. When he retires, or if he moves or whatever, I'll try to get in the business and get his old students.
#7
Me
You gotta constantly be searching for work unless you have an awesome manager
I make enough to get by, going on tour for just over a week and making over 1000 bucks.
It's great if you are touring all the time.
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If your good at guitar and like teaching, and you live in an area that has a need for a guitar teacher you can do very well.

Around here I see one on one lessons for 15 dollars per half hour and that's considered a good price.

So if you get enough students that's 30 dollars an hour playing guitar. say you manage to get 80 kids for 40 hours a week that's 1200 a week or 62,400 a year.

80 kids? Holy balls, I don't think that's a reasonable estimate of how many someone could handle if he's doing one on one lessons
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#10
I imagine its tough just getting about 10 students who are fully committed to an independent teacher...and then thats only like 300 dollars a week...1200 a month...14 000 a year
#11
People stopped becoming millionaires from playing guitar in the 90s. Sadly.
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#12
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That's what I'm planning on doing. It's unrealistic and gunna be hard, but that's my aim in life. To live comfortably from music.

This. Allow me to be a typical 16 yr old: I don't care what happens, as long as i wind up doing what i love until the bitter, bitter end.
#13
My guitar teacher lives off of teaching and repairs at our local music shop nowadays. He's known as one of the best at teaching and repairs in the area though so a status like that doesn't become achieved overnight but yes you can, to an extent, live off playing guitar.
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Me
You gotta constantly be searching for work unless you have an awesome manager
I make enough to get by, going on tour for just over a week and making over 1000 bucks.
It's great if you are touring all the time.

Man that sounds like such work, but at the same time the most fun thing I can think of.


It's great seeing loads of people doing something with music, almost to the point where I sort of like music again.


OT: I've never made any living off my own music tbh, probably cause of the fact that I hate playing by myself and need someone to do so with me, but can't find anyone. It's my top plan though, like someone else said "to the bitter, bitter end".
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#17
i know two really successful guys at around 15 - my cousin plays piano accordian. he went busking for three hours and had enough cash to pay for his airfare from new zealand to ireland. insane.

then, a guy at my school is super talented. like, EVH in the 70s and 80s talented. he plays gigs and busks and rakes in a killing.

so yes, even by busking, you can make a shitton if you can do something everybody else does shit.