AlexBUltimateGuitar
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I'm in a mood to vent about my life / future and I figured the pit was the best place to do it. I finished school last year - and passed with good grades, surprisingly - and now I'm hoping to start working more professionally as a musician. I'll probably end up getting a job soon, but inevitably it'll be only to fund music.

  • I've been playing guitar for about four to four and a half years. I've gigged a few times, all being solo gigs and the occasional competition just to get over being nevous. Over the past few weeks I've been putting more effort into learning theory - I'll start working through the Rockschool-curriculum soon.
  • I'm primarily a blues guitarist, with some of the stuff I listen to being Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Gary Moore, Robert Johnson, Cream, SRV, Ry Cooder, Joe Bonamassa, Jimi Hendrix, etc. I feel like I borrow something from each player to ultimately form my own style.
  • I'd like to be a solo artist above everything, occasionally with a backing band and occasionally without, depending on the gig. Anything from local pubs, heavier clubs, biker events and, if I'm successful enough, booked shows in certain restaurants. If I had to join a band I wouldn't have much trouble finding one.
  • I'd probably give guitar workshops a try at some point, if I feel like I'm confident enough. Small, basic classes at first. It could bring in extra money.
  • My gear is okay at the moment. I have 3 good amps, two being solid state and one being a tube amp. At the moment I have one MiM Strat from 2003 that plays like a dream. I'd like to get one more as a main guitar - preferably a Telecaster. There's my problem. I can either take the money from the gear I've sold and get a good MiM Tele or I can take a longer break from serious gigging for a few months and save up for the MiA in the meantime. The MiA is arguably better. But the MiM is sooner.


And now, the point of the thread: Do I have the right approach? I know this is going to take a hell of a lot of work for me to get where I want to be. But it's what I want to do.

Advice/thoughts would be appreciated.
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General piece of advice: contacts. If you go to local events/gigs you will get to know people there who may be able to put you down for gigs etc which will get your name known.

Personally I would save for the MiA, I own one and it is just a better guitar.

Not sure I understand your amp setup. Why do you need 3 amplifiers? Why not sell at least one of them and get a better primary amp? And surely you only need 2 if you are playing vastly different genres that one amplifier will not satisfy.

And yeah, try posting this in GG&A.
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You need to know about the music industry like the back of your hand.

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Message edmodo23 about getting started in the music business.
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General piece of advice: contacts. If you go to local events/gigs you will get to know people there who may be able to put you down for gigs etc which will get your name known.

Personally I would save for the MiA, I own one and it is just a better guitar.

Not sure I understand your amp setup. Why do you need 3 amplifiers? Why not sell at least one of them and get a better primary amp? And surely you only need 2 if you are playing vastly different genres that one amplifier will not satisfy.

And yeah, try posting this in GG&A.


Thanks. I try to go to a lot of gigs and get to know the band members / their managers / the manager of the venue. I have a lot of friends in the music industry that I've met over the past few months. Everything from fellow musicians to studio owners.

Noted, MiA it is then. I've gotten to play both and there's definitely a better feel to MiA ones. The amps started off as trading stuff between friends. As in: "Hey man, that's a cool guitar. Interested in trading it for (insert piece of gear here)?"

Sorry about the wrong category. Wasn't quite sure where else to put it.
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There seems to be no ranting here. You want to form a backing band? You will need a lot of money as you're basically hiring musicians to play your music, it'd be much cheaper to create a band and just contribute a lot to the music.

A step forward? Look into recording some of your own demos and put them out there to get a band together.
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Been there, done that. In retrospect I should've sold it for success and money, not guitar ability.
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Around here if you want to play in bars you have to play mostly covers. People want to here music they know so have yourself a good list of songs and add some of yours in there. That's what my band and I are doing and it works fine.
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Here's my advice: post this on a fucking blog.
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So what you're saying is you want to be John Mayer?
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Holy shit. I have no idea how the hell that happened. Super hacker? I can turn on a computer and enter a URL. That's about it. Seriously. Could be a glitch because I removed posts a while back.

As for the "I suggest you post this on a ****ing blog" comment which I'm too lazy to even quote, I already apologized for posting this in possibly the wrong place.

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So what you're saying is you want to be John Mayer?

Sure. If it means money and women. I'm not in it to copy another guitarist. Isn't my thing.
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Its all about how much you want it

I gave up trying to be a rockstar a few years ago. I still play in bands because its fun, a couple of times my band mates have hit me up about wanting to go to Europe and playing huge festivals, or doing tours, telling me they want to some day play Wacken, or some other massive European festical. I try to avoid the question because the real answer is no, no I'd rather settle down with my wife and raise a family, you know, all that "white picket fence" shit. Its something I've been struggling with the last couple of years, its just exhausting for me you know, so much is expected, but I literally can't be ****ed some times

An uncle of mine and his band opened for U2 in 1982, and he opened for Ben Harper as a soloist (also told us the story of how "Steal my kisses" sounds eerily like a song my uncle played on that same night, and a couple of months later steal my kisses was released, or something to that effect). He hasn't had a full time job in over 30 years, pretty much living the "dream", what he does have though is awesome guitar skills, what he obviously lacked was discipline

I'd say go for it, I'm not trying to bring you down being a negative nancy, just putting my views out there. Its clear you have the passion, keeping things fresh and surrounding yourself with the right people with character is the way to go, but you shouldn't need me to tell you that. Just give it a go, no guts, no glory
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You could try opening a thread in Musicians Talk, theres a few posters there who are semi/professional musicians.
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and now I'm hoping to start working more professionally as a musician. I'll probably end up getting a job soon, but inevitably it'll be only to fund music.



Yeah, no offense, but you're not going to make it big as another dime-a-dozen generic bluesman wannabe. There are already about a million of them, half of which are "child prodigies" anyway.

It's all about supply and demand. There is a ton of "supply" for that and very little "demand" in comparison, so unless you're really damn good or 9, you really don't have any chance whatsoever in that particular area.

Like if you said "I want to be a professional jazz guitarist" or "I want to be a professional deathcore guitarist" I'd say that while there is a small chance, it's at least an existing chance and therefore it would at least be worthwhile to try your best at it. In your case though there is virtually no chance whatsoever.

Like basically you have about half of every guitarist ever as your competition.
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