How many pro musicians here?
I'm definitely on the amateur side, btw :)
Anyway, self taught on bass guitar.
some bands, stages, music for friends: weddings, events, soundtrack videos... music for fun
Just playing with real sound (amp) in wikimeetings !!
But once more, full free time in since wikiloops :) (PC Cubase Vst Headphones)
Hop hop hop
Pros do cover music, as that is all people want to pay for(usually),
Unless.....You are famous..........(and being famous at your local pub--I don't think will cover the cost of a good steak or vegan All organic dinner these days)
So we(I include most of us I think) love that art of making music, even to the point of taking rigs out and playing for free, but playing what we want to play, our way, our music, not Justin Beiber or Led Zep....
There are a few that are Gigging and making money But man that's a lot of gigs a week. I notice WHEN they make music here, that is probably what they'd really want to be doing, and it shows, in the creative work they make!
In a less cookie-cutter world this site would be very popular and supported by thousands of just LISTENERS of what is produced by us who are willing to create here and not worry about the cash.(the business of making money off your music)
Anyway I may be way off base
So we plod along doing what we can do with the time we have to create something that has impact, and technical excellence, and musical enjoyment for ourselves and hopefully others that love music.
We hear some unique talent here that could enrich the world of music. It's a shame that those people don't have more exposure, especially if they want to be full time professionals. It's made more strange when people who spin records seem to have jobs and get credit for what real musicians have done. Basic economics I guess...hire one record spinner or three real musicians?
You have got to love it:Y
But our way of life (we were two) brought us directly into a wall. We decided to stop and did quit music. I spent my active life in forestry.
After almost 40 years without touching my guitar, I decided to do music and I only do it for my pleasure now. I sometimes make shows (solo) and the money I collect is given to non-profit charitable organizations. I play what I like and when I like.
When a passion becomes a work, there is a loss somewhere in the transition. And I did not want to make the necessary compromises.
I like what I do now and really appreciate what we do here for free.
I do teach drums, mostly to kids, and wouldn't mind making a buck here and there for my services, but most of my antics is in my jam room with the computer! Great days on the Loops...
Around 2010 I start to explore and learn to also make music online, from collaboration & jamming site I learn more about home recording and built my own home studio. Since I am a full-time mommy, I try to find a way how to make my music works while I also can take care my kids, and doing my other works.
Now it’s been more than 5 years I’ve been doing this session singer/ songwriter online (for original music, so far I never get hired for recording cover song). I regularly doing it, and I can tell that I earn much more from this, a lot more than a live gig and even from the live recording.
For all these years I spent my income from my music (recording sessions (live/online), performing, songwriting, including my CD) to provide homeless children with food, education, and health care, and it makes me achieve much more than money.
I do my passion (music), earn experiences, lessons and also money that I can use to help others which feed my heart and soul with happiness.
When it come to music, it’s always mean a BIG FUN for me, that’s why I never feel like working, coz I do what I love, and love what I do, and I love music so much…I always give all my best, no matter being paid or not.
Still, I have much to learn, and always want to improve…every music that comes through my ears is the lessons for me.
Yes, I’m happy to say I’m a pro musician, and I know other persons who also pro musician here, one that I can mention here is Marcelo (Peixe)…and I believe there are more, but become a pro doesn’t make one better than the other.
Being Pro, semi-pro, amateur, etc, we are all the same musician here.
Edited by aleonz on 22-03-2017 21:18
Don't forget to be happy today!
Being Pro, semi-pro, amateur, etc, we are all the same musician here.[/quote]
I worked with music doing gigs, teaching, recordings, arrengements, programming, soundtracks... even music sheet writing. And I say a BIG YES... no matter if you are pro, semi-pro, amateur, curious... no one is better than the other because of a title. We are all artists with their own colors and unique sound.
I say yes for the fun and no for the titles. No matter how you call yourself, what is important are the emotions we spread through our songs, here in the loops and out of here too. It can be either in a wedding party or funeral. Spread your magic, cheer them up, make them cry, make them dance, make them listen, make them sing, make them shut up, make them talk about you, make their day and write your name in their lives, minds and hearts :) be a musician with body, mind and soul. Get free from pro or not pro, have fun and keep jamming :)
It does not mean this reflection that being a professional musician is bad or undesirable, my own brother was professional music and so I made a living, I have professional musician friends who play every weekend, but who call me to play with me "what they want ". From my bass player position I make music for other musicians the background by the low notes ..... and I like
This site is great in this sense: it does not matter if you are professional or amateur, if you are an academic or self-taught, the important thing is the music itself
I dedicate more hours to music than a professional but for pure pleasure, not for obligation, and I spend more hours than my true profession he he he
(And sometimes more time than my wife but does not know is a secret between us ;)....)
"When I first seen this site I just could not believe the things you could do with other musicians, gone from strength to strength and its all dong to everyone as great musicians, long may it continue. "