I'm betting that even the famous and rich guitarists play because they love it. The only difference between them and the rest of us would be a combination of talent and luck. I don't have either in great abundance but I play almost every day just because it makes me feel good.
As I did'nt take up playing untill I was 47[I'm now 49], I think its a little to late to be dreaming of a career in rock and roll now. Maybe if I practice really hard I can launch my music career at 65 in the old folks home. :rockon2:
I play for the music, there's nothing more satisfying to me than to pull off a good gig/jam/practice. The pay is ok, made $80 last fri nite, we get anywhere between $350 - $450 and that's divided 5-ways, we're booked pretty much every week up to New Year's. But that is certainly not enough to make a living and I don't need the $$ anyway, I know I wouldn't want to gig any more than twice a week, it takes a lot out of me and I have a couple other lives on the go. I know I'm going to get bored with the bar scene soon.
I just hate it when people get oh so serious about the 'biz', the money, and 'fame'. Then it's work and work sucks. I don't need any more 'fame' than I already have. Besides the music, the other driver is the whole personal development aspect like overcoming fears, meeting new people, and pushing the envelope of how I am 'supposed' to behave, what I can do, and who I am 'supposed' to be.
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