Guitar Careers, Jobs & Salaries

Guitar Careers, Jobs & Salaries

Few people are able to turn their love of guitars into an actual career. Those who can, however, generally find their work rewarding and fulfilling.

Guitar Performers play for a live audience, or in a recording or production studio. They may perform solo, in a band, or in a larger group. Guitar players spend considerable time practicing and learning new pieces. Those who can play more than one instrument (well) have better job opportunities.

Related jobs include music directing and composing. Directors lead groups in performances and practices. They often select the music and the players. Directors need to have knowledge of a very wide range of instruments, scales, keys, and more. Composers create original music. Arrangers transpose (or adapt) music for different groups, instruments, settings, and the like.

Performers often work evenings and weekends. Frequent travel is common. Most musicians do not find steady or full-time employment, so most hold other full-time jobs. This can be the most stressful component of the job. Musicians sometimes work outside. When performing in restaurants and nightclubs, the ventilation and lighting are sometimes not up to par.

Guitar Repair and Making is a small but highly rewarding field. Job opportunities are best for those with training and/or an apprenticeship. The field experiences slow but steady growth, as repairers retire and are replaced. The job requires a high level of skill, as well as knowledge guitar playing. Repairers use many methods, including woodworking and metalworking, to repair instruments. They must be able to bring an instrument into tune, hence the need to know how to play.

Most repairers work in low-stress environments such as a well-lit workshop, under little or no supervision. Some are self-employed, and may own their own music shop.

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