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Building An Identity On Guitar
Want a career on guitar? Learn the secret- it ain't
rocket science, yet few guitarists are aware of these essential facts of musical life.
Building an identity? Yes! Today it makes simple efficient advertising to put up a poster saying
Simple and straight to the point. Commuters flashing past on their way to who-knows-where, take it in with a single glance and all in all it makes an effective simple display for the busy passer-by. But what does it do for the individual players? Those up and coming musicians trying to build a future in music. What happens when Flasher is flushed? Who were the players? Where are they now? Why didn't they go on to bigger and better things?
Usually the answer is simple ....they just weren't good enough. But in among that group there are a lot of young players who deserve something better ... but how are they going to find it. Certainly not by hiding under a non-de-plume.
If the player is to build a stable career he or she must constantly work at building a reputation and imprinting their own name on the mind of the audience that will support them.
Imagine the following scene as a musician of long standing applies for that big job.
Prospective employer:"Well now my lad who are you and what have you done?"
Young guitarist:"I'm very well known sir. During the early part of 1998 I was 25% of Butterfly. During the latter part of 1998 I was 17.5% of slush's Trombone. During 1999 I took time off to seek new directions. In 2000 the big break came when a new wave stink-Rock group asked me to rehearse them. They had no gigs so no money was forthcoming, but the manager assured us that things would soon break. There were five of us, four drummers and a guitar. great new sound. So while we didn't make any public appearances, we did spend six months in the studio getting it all together. I guess I'd have to say that during 2001 I mainly rehearsed as 20% of Rubber Drumstick. To date I've have one not two successful appearances on "New Faces".
Prospective employer:"What name did you appear under?"
Young guitarist:"Well, I thought it better not to use my own name, so I called myself Colonel Sanders".
Do I make my point? Your NAME is all you have and after all the groups have fallen apart there's only you. Years spent working under a non-de-plume are wasted years as far as building a career as a name musician is concerned.
All the great names of music from Johann Sebastian Bach and Beethoven through to Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, George Benson and the rest did not make it by hiding their identity.
Each of these success stories began to make their mark around the age of twenty and every advance imprinted their name on the collective mind of the music consumer and prospective employers. Are you following in their footsteps or are you letting it all slip by? Is that dogged devotion to the group being rewarded with the appropriate amount of money or would you make more on the buses?
Think about it - it's your career!
How to Play Guitar
Rave Reviews for Express Guitar:
|As a student of Mike Hayes since 1999, I have found his teaching methods and products to be first class. Whatever style or area of music I have been interested in, he has provided me with useful information, advice and study materials. His style of teaching and teaching products enabled me to progress through his guitar course far quicker than I ever imagined. He also helps in teaching yourself to find and develop your own style of music. Mikeís teaching gives his studentís the ability to become useful musicians, not just guitarists.
Stephen J Reid
Guitarist & Musician
This course teaches us how to learn, how to retain, and how to recall information quickly. This entire program is built around "connected learning" with key phrases, picture words ( yes there is such a thing ) and the most dynamic personal motivator I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.
Ken C Simpson
Business Owner & Guitarist
The course is varied, in-depth and well-structured, making learning and comprehension fast, thorough and enjoyable. Itís a great way of learning, as you can pace yourself and move onto the next stage when you feel competent. I find this course both innovative and inspirational. I find myself leaving Mikeís lessons with the determination to reach my new
Karl J Ricker
Sunshine Coast, Australia