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5 Tips If You Want to Be a Life Work Musician

5 Tips If You Want to Be a Life Work Musician | EPI EXPRESS

Today I want to give 5 tips to those who want to become a professional musician and usefull way to audio download. I am always happy when someone wants to bring art to our country!

1. You will not be appreciated as much as you deserve

Know that you will study for many years but all this study will never be recognized!

The pianist, or in general the musician, has a very long course of study (and you never stop studying): he is always up-to-date, looking for teachers to give advice, he always tries his hand at a new repertoire, but then does not come never recognized in this company as a professional.

So, unlike doctors or lawyers who, after many years of studies, masters, doctorates, see themselves appreciated as “important personalities” and professionals, for a musician, unfortunately, the same cannot be said.

If you are unable to bear this social pressure of being considered “the last wheel of the wagon” even if, in fact, more often than not, you have studied more than one doctor, lawyer or other professional, this path does not go for you.

Especially since we are in Italy! But abroad, on the other hand, you would certainly have better luck.

I notice this because I teach once a week also in Switzerland and there a musician is seen as “ God came down to earth ” and even wages are a whole other story: it’s a different environment.

Know, therefore, that in principle you will be considered little.

If you want to study, do it for yourself (and of course then you will also have to live from this) but know that the road will not be easy.

2. Make up the job, don’t look for it

We understood that the road is not easy and that you have to invent work, not find it. We go outside the scheme for which, after studying, you send the curriculum and find a job.

This can happen, such as when you start working in a music school or private school.

I wish you, in fact, that it is a private school and not a public one, since in the latter there are very few students who will actually listen to you.

And it is not very gratifying , for a person who has studied a long time and is very prepared, to be faced with kids who do not care: it is really very frustrating.

Then there are those who are happy to teach in such schools and are content to take their salary for the hours of lessons they do.

For my character, I would never be able to spend my time or part of my professionalism in the service of someone who does not appreciate me in the least (even if I was paid handsomely to do so).

I can get paid a lot but if I don’t get feedback from the other side, my work is worth nothing.

So, try to invent the job: when you have to play around, promote yourself well because “they” will want you for your name and your way of playing and, when someone wants you, it is probably because they know and respect you very much ( but for this, it is important to be known ).

3. Go to the best teachers

There are many mediocre teachers but my advice is to take lessons from the good ones because they are able to tell you what is best for you in that moment, to let you study the best pieces, to correct your mistakes, to make you improve immediately.

In summary, with a good teacher you go much faster, both because you are motivated because you know you are in good hands, and because he is able to “squeeze” the maximum and the best in you.

For example, I changed many teachers and this was good because each of them gave me a lot, I heard many different “bells” and each one told me what was best in his opinion.

In practice, each teacher learns their own way of playing and tries to pass it on.

From all the teachers I had, I got a lot, also because they were all extraordinary teachers and with incredible names.

Try to find a good teacher who is able to follow you properly and tell you things.

I, as I told you, have changed many teachers (I think a dozen) and the last teacher I had (who I met this summer) told me things I had never heard, despite my previous teachers having names incredible.

So I understood two things :

  • you never stop learning;
  • there is an incredible world and only the people who are really inside it, who study from morning to night and who, above all, never feel they have arrived, are able to understand and share with you.

4. Work either for free or for a lot of money

When you’re still budding, it already starts showing up. I think it’s wrong to come out of your shell only when you’re a full-grown pianist.

You can also get noticed before becoming a professional: for example, by working for free just to make yourself known.

In fact, I see nothing wrong with doing things for free at first and especially when you need to learn: simply give your time, in exchange for “ learning and experiencing”.

Once you have learned and that you are a professional, you have spent thousands of euros in your training and you are ready, then the time has come to get paid: first of all , to have a return on the investment that you or your parents have made. parents did it for you and, in secundis , why that’s right.

You spend hours and hours of your life every day on your instrument and therefore you MUST get paid and good too.

If you have an evening and you get paid 50 or 100 euros, think about it if it’s really worth it.

Always think by considering not the money you will earn in that hour you play but rather think about how long it took you to prepare the performance for that evening (maybe it took you 40 hours of preparation).

If you need to gain experience, then it’s an account but, when you step on the pitch and you have to invoice (because you will probably have to open your VAT number and incur expenses), then you MUST necessarily get paid well for your performance, not because you have to pay your taxes but because you know what you are worth!

Being a musician is a full-fledged profession and therefore we only have to go to those who really appreciate us, because there are so many people who appreciate our music and our way of playing and we will go there.

5. If you try… do it for real!

If you decide to be a musician and if you try to do it, then really go for it.

Do not say ” i would love to be a musician ,” if you are doubtful and you’re hesitant: beginning to tackle the course of fall as studies, think again, evaluate other roads as the possibility to enroll at the University because it is a safer choice , that is, you create a plan B at all costs.

For me, having a plan B is the best way to make plan A fail.

It is precisely on plan A that you have to put all your commitment, all your passion!

I am truly convinced that, if you put the passion and the desire to arrive, others will notice it and will “support” you in everything, roads will open up where you thought you would not even be able to enter.

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