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What's your level of gigging experience?
Have you/Do you:
Never left your bedroom and played only to yourself [ 11 ] ** [23.40%]
Played to your Mom and kid Brother [ 4 ] ** [8.51%]
In a band, never gigged [ 11 ] ** [23.40%]
In a band, gigged for free a couple of times [ 11 ] ** [23.40%]
In a band, got paid for gigs a few times [ 3 ] ** [6.38%]
Paid Gig once a month [ 0 ] ** [0.00%]
Paid Gig once a week [ 1 ] ** [2.13%]
Make a steady 2nd Income [ 1 ] ** [2.13%]
Gig a lot but never get paid [ 3 ] ** [6.38%]
Am/have been Professional - make all my income from playing and related activities [ 2 ] ** [4.26%]
Run the premier guitar related website on the internet [ 0 ] ** [0.00%]
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post Jun 2 2007, 01:54 PM
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I was driving along thinking about GMC and my not-so-illustrious musical career to date, and I got to wondering, how many of us are hard core musicians, how many are weekend giggers, and how many never leave their bedroom? Thought it could be fun to have a poll, so here it is smile.gif

Take the poll and then make somments if you are interested ...

In my case, I've been in a couple of bands, done a few paid gigs, many unpaid gigs at school (slave drivers!) and now concentrate on recording. I'd love to find a way to make a living out of music, but I was ruined by a regular salary in the computer insudtry early on, and now my wife won't give up her shoe habit ... now I can afford whatever I want, but have no time to play it.


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I played in a band and gigged 2 times - no payment! That's it! Right now i am a badroom guitarist haha


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post Jun 2 2007, 04:41 PM
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I my high-tide I had two months where I gigged every week and got payed. But believe me it's the same as in the original Blues Brothers movie --> Sometimes free drinks is a much better bargain than getting payed!! Usually it was always once per month ...

Pavel go out there and show your stuff!!! Your response really surprised me... I'm like 20% a guitarist you are!!!
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I had my first gig ever just two days ago and Ive only been in the band for a week xD so I was picking the chords out on stage and since we played at our school we didnt get paid.

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post Jun 2 2007, 06:42 PM
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QUOTE (Igorrr @ Jun 2 2007, 05:41 PM) *
Pavel go out there and show your stuff!!! Your response really surprised me... I'm like 20% a guitarist you are!!!


I want a symphonic metal band...... i started to compose stufflike that but it takes such a huge amount of time to make it sound good.... and also there are not many people willing to play that music AND there are not enough good players here in Cro.

I hope it will change one day and i will get out of my room unsure.gif


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post Jun 2 2007, 07:27 PM
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I've been playing alot of gigs, but the first time we're getting paid is in July. We're playing on one of the biggest festivals in norway, but we're not playing at the main stage. They have this metal night, we're playing on the same stage/night as Gorgoroth and many others smile.gif We get around 500 euros for that gig and the traveling/hotels is covered aswell.
We have played alot on local concerts and once in Falun - sweden, on By:larm in Trondheim - Norway, and also a couple of other small shit towns smile.gif
Me, my dad and my uncle might make a 3 man bluesband for my grandmothers 75th birthday aswell smile.gif


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post Jun 2 2007, 07:51 PM
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ok first of all, ive never gigged...i would love to 2 smile.gif, but how would you go about getting 1???, and also im in no band, id prefer just going solo by myself tongue.gif, would that be harder to get a gig like that?, or what?


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post Jun 2 2007, 11:11 PM
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QUOTE (Pavel @ Jun 2 2007, 02:42 PM) *
I want a symphonic metal band...... i started to compose stufflike that but it takes such a huge amount of time to make it sound good.... and also there are not many people willing to play that music AND there are not enough good players here in Cro.

I hope it will change one day and i will get out of my room unsure.gif



Pavel, first of all I'd like to say that your playing blows me away!

I'm just throwing this out there as a thought, but you are probably good enough to get a scholarship of some sort to attend a music school such as Berklee in Boston, USA. At those types of schools, you will most likely find musicians who share the same love for virtuosic metal that you do (I think Dream Theater formed at Berklee if I remember correctly). And I'm sure there are some bands at music schools that would love to have a guitarist with your chops on board.

Anyway, I thought I'd throw in my two cents, I wish you all the best. smile.gif


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QUOTE (Ryan @ Jun 2 2007, 02:51 PM) *
ok first of all, ive never gigged...i would love to 2 smile.gif, but how would you go about getting 1???, and also im in no band, id prefer just going solo by myself tongue.gif, would that be harder to get a gig like that?, or what?


You would have to take an organized approach to it. Noone is going to buy your services sight unseen, so you need to interest them somehow, probably with a recording of whay you would play for them. Then its a numbers game - go to local bars and similar places that feature musicians, talk to the manager, drop your tape off.

The other way is to self fund it. Hire a local hall, sell tickets to everyone you know and you should break even (I did that once or twice). Problem with that is that your Mom and Sister are good for the first couple, after that it will be just your girlfriend, and at that point it gets expensive smile.gif


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I rock the bedroom....and I play guitar there aswell! Ha Ha...sorry trying to be funny.

I've never gigged. I've done some drunken karokee with some mean air guitar but I'm sure that's not counted. A few friends have heard me play and say I'm OK but I get pretty nervous playing in front of people...especially if they play guitar. So for now I'll keep rocking in a free world....the free world of my house.
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QUOTE (GroovinMastiff @ Jun 2 2007, 10:11 PM) *
Pavel, first of all I'd like to say that your playing blows me away!

I'm just throwing this out there as a thought, but you are probably good enough to get a scholarship of some sort to attend a music school such as Berklee in Boston, USA. At those types of schools, you will most likely find musicians who share the same love for virtuosic metal that you do (I think Dream Theater formed at Berklee if I remember correctly). And I'm sure there are some bands at music schools that would love to have a guitarist with your chops on board.

Anyway, I thought I'd throw in my two cents, I wish you all the best. smile.gif


Vai went to Berklee too. And John 5. Probably a bunch of others.

Random trivia that might be helpful: Berklee and the Boston Conservatory are right next to each other as sister schools. Berklee's the modern music school, Boston Conservatory's a classical music school. Maybe a good location to form a symphonic metal band with guitarists, and opera singers all together in such a small area. biggrin.gif


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It's been on and off for the past 10 years, now it's been like 1 year ago so it's an off period :-P We were supposed to play at a party in Mars but our drummer had some sort of period/phase or whatever of his own so it never happened, and there was suppose to be a party on May too but I have no idea what happened to that.
Anyway, it's been way too long.

And we play for food and drinks laugh.gif


EDIT: Don't know what criteria that is in the poll... I'll just pick one of the "free gig" ones.

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QUOTE (MickeM @ Jun 2 2007, 06:51 PM) *
It's been on and off for the past 10 years, now it's been like 1 year ago so it's an off period :-P We were supposed to play at a party in Mars but our drummer had some sort of period/phase or whatever of his own so it never happened, and there was suppose to be a party on May too but I have no idea what happened to that.
Anyway, it's been way too long.

And we play for food and drinks laugh.gif
EDIT: Don't know what criteria that is in the poll... I'll just pick one of the "free gig" ones.


Damn, you're right - playng for beer is an honourable passtime, and I left it out, sorry - won;t let me edit it wither, oh well smile.gif


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QUOTE (Scott Gentzen @ Jun 2 2007, 07:43 PM) *
Vai went to Berklee too. And John 5. Probably a bunch of others.

Random trivia that might be helpful: Berklee and the Boston Conservatory are right next to each other as sister schools. Berklee's the modern music school, Boston Conservatory's a classical music school. Maybe a good location to form a symphonic metal band with guitarists, and opera singers all together in such a small area. biggrin.gif


That would be sweet! I can already hear the metal/opera music in my head. biggrin.gif


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I'm in a band - I have many friends who play all kinds of instruments and I have one guy who is a drummer and good friend of mine who I play with mostly, we're not really a band that could go out and gig and as such we haven't, but we're working towards that.

Also, Berklee is an AWESOME school! Pavel, get your ass over here! I aspire to go there when I graduate highschool next year. Another great player who came from there is John Mayer, not much of a shredder or anything but the man is a very solid blues guitarist.


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"Gig a lot but never got paid" is probably the closest - even though we do get paid at times (another candidate would be "Paid gig once a month"), we play a lot of gigs just for fun and beer smile.gif Not really interested in setting it up as a (second) career either. Plus, as you know, Andrew, my fate is pretty much the same as yours in that regard.

Of course, in any event it doesn't count, because I'm not the one playing guitar wink.gif

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A few friends have heard me play and say I'm OK but I get pretty nervous playing in front of people...especially if they play guitar.


Most people get that. To bring it into perspective, try being a singer in front of people - everybody sings. tongue.gif Nah, it does take a bit of bad attitude and "elitism" - like just telling yourself you're better than all those guitarists/singers/drummers/bassists/whatever down on the floor, because you're on the stage, and they're not laugh.gif That way playing on a stage is easier than showing your guitarist friends what you can do smile.gif
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Yeah I have plenty of guitarist friends (including my dad, who is a phenomenal player more of the slow feely kind than shredding, though he's never taught me anything... go figure) who play guitar, and mostly when I'm playing with them I just kind of play a song we both know or something like - hey guys check it out *play ten years gone here*. That way they're immediately more interested in hearing how you play the song, rather than critiquing your chops.

In front of non guitarists, its often more impressive to do a practice routine, run through a scale as quickly as you can or do some simple tapping (that one never fails to impress).

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My band and I have played a few times in public. House walming party, school, band competition.
We've got the heats for our area for New Zealands biggest band competition coming up next week which will be good. Competing against 50 other bands. 600 in the whole country have entered.
It's a great competition, first prize is $10,000NZ, 3 singles recorded, $1000 music video grant, 10 hours of radio air time and more!


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QUOTE (Andrew Cockburn @ Jun 2 2007, 05:30 PM) *
You would have to take an organized approach to it. Noone is going to buy your services sight unseen, so you need to interest them somehow, probably with a recording of whay you would play for them. Then its a numbers game - go to local bars and similar places that feature musicians, talk to the manager, drop your tape off.

The other way is to self fund it. Hire a local hall, sell tickets to everyone you know and you should break even (I did that once or twice). Problem with that is that your Mom and Sister are good for the first couple, after that it will be just your girlfriend, and at that point it gets expensive smile.gif


yea im gonna try that thx, but i need to wait till im 18 first tongue.gif


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QUOTE (GroovinMastiff @ Jun 3 2007, 12:11 AM) *
I'm just throwing this out there as a thought, but you are probably good enough to get a scholarship of some sort to attend a music school such as Berklee in Boston, USA. At those types of schools, you will most likely find musicians who share the same love for virtuosic metal that you do (I think Dream Theater formed at Berklee if I remember correctly). And I'm sure there are some bands at music schools that would love to have a guitarist with your chops on board.
Anyway, I thought I'd throw in my two cents, I wish you all the best. smile.gif


Thanks for support man!

I have already been contacting them and i found out the approximate price....it's around 45.000$ per year.
Getting full scholarship is very difficult but i guess in a couple of years - by the time i finish my own university - i'll have a decent record to show them.

After that i contacted GIT in London which is also an awesome institute - the price there is 10.000$ per year.

I don't know....maybe in the future!
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