How can I make money playing my guitar?

Becoming a professional musician is a long, hard road. However this is not to say it is impossible. Anyone with a desire to become successful at something can do it. This applies to music and any other field that you could want to apply yourself to. When I first decided that I wanted to dedicate my life to music many people questioned my decision. However in my mind I knew that I had a passion to become a successful artist and that nothing was going to stop me. This is the most important part of becoming a professional. The simple fact is the entertainment industry is the most fickle industry out there, it’s hard and there are ton of people trying to ‘make it’.

I was born in a small town and grew up playing the bars and clubs there, making a small amount each week, but I wanted more. I initially thought that the only way that I would make a ‘decent’ living would be to become a famous musician and to be able to tour the world in my private jet (well I never quite got a private jet but I did manage to tour extensively overseas).

Most people, like myself initially, think the only money in the industry is with being a famous musician and many people overlook the other options that are out there to make money from your guitar. Here are a few ideas:

– Teaching guitar (once you have mastered the skills share them with others for a fee)
– Making/designing guitars or amps (if you are handy with tools or electrical knowledge this could be an option)
– Playing covers in café’s/bars (there is a large market for playing songs that everyone knows and loves)

The most important thing, however, is to DECIDE you’re going to succeed and don’t let anything or anyone stop you. Like anything, just stick at it and you will succeed. Well, that’s about it for this newsletter. Next week I’ll talk about the Star Spangled Banner, and in our Tech Tips section I’ll answer a question about getting a “metal” sound on your guitar.

Good luck with your practice.

Posted by Ben Edwards.


  1. Abhijeet

    Having a unique style of guitaring is a must.Find your own style.Get famous playing that style and make money!

  2. Bruce Taylor

    I play for my own enjoyment, but on occasion have played on stage or at parties. I have never made any money doing this, but I do get something back none the less, admiration, respect, you know, people just think it’s cool. The thing is, I would never do anything because I want to make money at it, that’s called work. I do it because I genuinely want to, for my own enjoyment.

  3. admin

    Hi Kenny, Luis here.
    I think your repertoire has a lot to do with boosting up the environment as well as your interaction with the crowd – I personally love when a solo artist interacts with the crowd, it creates a fresh and friendly atmosphere. Simply be yourself! Some people will like you and unfortunately some people might not… but that is how it is in music.
    Are you already doing some local gigs?

  4. Kenny Siew

    Is there any peripherals to boost up the environment for playing n singing solo in bar/pub/club, b’cos i feel it’s monotonous if i sing n play my guitar alone especially after i sang for a few songs.

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