Hey! So happy you’re checking out my site! I’m willing to guess that you’ve built some chops with your instrument by now and are ready to try to make some money. But even if you’re still learning your instrument and maybe even just music itself, it’s never too early to make a plan for using that skill and talent to make some money for you. But what’s it like teaching music or an instrument? What’s it like to gig with musicians that aren’t family or schoolmates?
I’ve Done It & Love It!—And Am Still Doing It
I play drums..and some guitar. I’m fully self-taught and much of that was long before YouTube ‘How-To’ videos. My parents couldn’t afford drums when I was young so I was lucky to know a guy who let me borrow his kit. I started kind of late too; I was 13 and hadn’t played any kind of instrument before that. I played to the music that my parents had on the radio, which was a toss-up between oldies and adult contemporary…oh and the guy I borrowed the drums from was in a Polka band so I ended up picking that up too.
Eventually, I had to give the drums back and so I saved up for my own kit. That was in 1992 and I still have that Tama Rockstar kit today. I grew up, got married and stopped playing because of life getting in the way. A few years went by and a friend asked me one day to jam with him since he wanted to record a song. We worked on it for a few weeks and finished. That taste brought back a long-sequestered desire to play music again. The wheels began to creak and turn. I started to learn about music theory and that’s when I picked up a guitar for the first time (drums just aren’t very melodic for some reason :P)
As I began to experience a depth in this arena I never had before, a desire to play with a band came into existence. I formed a band and we got ourselves a gig for some friends. From that most humble of beginnings, I went on to play with several other bands, DJ’d for a few years, and began teaching music lessons. For some time, I actually was able to generate a decent income from those things.
How Can I Help?
My path is not unique and is not the only way we find ourselves doing this sort of work. But learning how to navigate, people, business and our talents can be the difference between enjoying this type of work and recreation or doing it only as an income supplementation and not having the sense of fulfillment you deserve to have.
Playing in a band can be one of the best experiences you’ll ever have. It’s not without its challenges, however. Learning to recognize problems, or even anticipate them, is a huge asset for longevity in this type of endeavor.
Additionally, teaching music and/or instruments requires the ability to communicate and in a way that relates to your student. We all have this ability, but for some it needs to be awakened.
Getting a sense of pride and accomplishment from gigging and even income from teaching or playing is a great goal to have. I want to help you get there if that’s where you want to go on your journey as a musician.
If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.
All the best,