- How to be a professional guitarist? Set goals and objectives and work hard to achieve them.
How to be a professional guitarist? Set goals and objectives and work hard to achieve them.
Musical learning is a parallel universe in the image of life itself, a microcosm, it has many similarities with its own achievements and obstacles, and the sooner we think about what will happen once we make this important decision to be a professional musician, the better prepared we will be to face any situation intelligently.
Below are 6 things you should know to achieve your dream of being a professional guitarist:
The price of being professional
The musician invests a great deal of time in his training and instrumental practice without abandoning the other areas that other mortals face. We all have to work or study according to the facet of life in which we find ourselves, but the potential musician cannot abandon everything to devote 100% of his time to what he really wants, this directly affects the amount of free time, your social and family life, your daily organization, your partner.
On many occasions you will have to establish priorities and make decisions that will make you sacrifice some of your options, this should not make you feel bad, it is a collateral damage of your goal to dedicate yourself professionally to music, and although you are already professional, you will continue facing this decision making for the rest of your life.
Achieving your dream and leading your own life
Others will want to encourage you to do something with your life, to have a real job, or to pursue an education with an outlet. Rarely will you meet someone who is 100% confident in your abilities or the possibilities that music can offer you on a professional level? This environment will cause you to have many doubts and insecurities, which could radically affect your focus, distorting your goals and objectives and distracting your efforts. Music is not an easy thing, but it is very sacrificial, so if you really want to be a musician you must be very clear and direct all your efforts without hesitation towards your goal, constancy must be one of your pillars.
Your environment will present all kinds of atmospheres, there will be good and bad moments, and great traveling companions could become strong rivals, as it could be the case that you have to compete for the same job. You will meet musicians who know how to deal with certain situations with sportiness and elegance, and others who would be capable of running you over with their car. Do not fall into the trap and remain honest with yourself, you must be a person of integrity and correctness, do not enter the dark side of music, and thus you will have a better work environment and greater personal growth.
When you are working, your friends will be having fun. The musician is a professional of the service sector, and coincides in schedule with the leisure of the rest of humanity, so to you will arise contracts when the others are out of their working day. Even so, you should have a smile on your face 100% of the time, since that will help to transmit your passion and love for what you do, and the audience will be able to enjoy you and your musical skills, surely so you can be hired again to perform in the same place.
Living with music as a travel companion
Music is something that invades everything around us, it is present in many stages of our life as a mental image that reminds us of situations, transmits emotions and blends perfectly with other artistic areas. Music can become the apex of our pyramid of priorities, or the most important pillar of our life. If you love music, you must work hard and enjoy that effort at the same time, you could choose an easier path, with more outlets, but if you love music, you must decide on which plane of your life you want it, if you decide to have it as a time of leisure, or if you really want to sacrifice your life for it.
Talk to your heart, meditate on it with your pillow, and when you make the decision, don’t hesitate or get distracted, when you achieve your goal of living with music as a travel companion, you have succeeded in life, you have fulfilled your dream, you have defeated giants.
Just follow the course of the river
In the world of music, you will meet wise men who were born wise, virtuosos who have never played an instrument and students who are teachers. Many will know more than you without knowing what they are talking about, it is normal, do not get frustrated or fight against something impossible, just let the current follow the course of the river, perhaps with luck there will be a greater awareness of what is the art of music and you will have a clearer image and acquire greater respect for what is a musician.
Only you will be aware of the hours, days, months and years you have invested in training and coaching to get where you are, even if some in a matter of seconds want to give their vision of something they don’t know.
Live a meaningful life
Earn your living, get paid for your time, for your training, for your instrument and other professional materials and equipment. Even if others see someone who earns a lot of money” for one or two hours of performance, no one becomes aware of the reality of the hours you have had to invest in order to prepare for that concert of a couple of hours, no one has experienced your effort of months, nor the economic investment you have had to make in order to sound like you sound on stage. Whoever sees your profession as a bargain, let them live it, and see what they think later.
Being a musician is a privilege, it’s a life full of emotions, experiences, it’s a rollercoaster ride of life itself, but it’s something that very few will be able to understand. If you have a musician, is because you are a unique and privileged, you’re like an angel, a unicorn, a David against Goliath. Fight for your dream, work hard, do not hesitate and propose to be the best. One morning, when you wake up, you will feel that you have found the meaning of life.