Earn a Living with Your Banjo
Playing musical instruments is one way of earning a living if you are not into a typical 9-5 job in the office. You can either do it part time or full time. The best musicians started from the very beginning: learning the ropes of the instrument, introducing their music to the audience, and eventually earning a living through playing music. A banjo is one such instrument that you can learn to play if you are thinking of venturing into the music industry and earning money through it. If you want to learn to play the banjo, it is not too late to do so, regardless of your age. Here are some ideas on how to earn money by playing the banjo.
Form or join a bluegrass band
Form or join a group that plays bluegrass music, as is it is the genre where the banjo belongs. Although you can play the banjo with any other type of music, bluegrass genre is where it most stands out. Once you are in a band, book gigs for a fee and you will be well on your way to making money. Gigs are also where music bigwigs discover new talent for their record labels. What do you know; just by playing at small-time gigs, someone might already be watching you and planning to sign you up for a record deal.
Play in a busy area
Busking is one way to earn money playing musical instruments. It is not as lucrative as being in a band or being a solo performer and performing in bars and events, but it can help you pay your bills. To ensure that busking becomes a good money maker, play in an area where foot traffic is heavy, such as in a busy town center or an outdoor shopping strip in the middle of the city.
Offer your services online
Take advantage of the Internet and social media. Create a page for your music and post your covers and original songs. Going viral on the Internet greatly helps in promoting your music. You can also accept ads to advertise on your page; they pay good money to popular sites to promote their business. You can also catch the eye of potential record labels to sign you up for a deal if your page reaches thousands of users and the response to your music is positive.
Expand your network
You can’t expect to earn right away playing the banjo; start small, such as playing at family gatherings and listen to feedback about your music. All feedback – good or bad – is the way for you to improve your craft. Give out flyers explaining that you are available for gigs and special events.
The possibilities are endless if you want to earn money by playing the banjo. You have to explore your opportunities and strike while the iron is hot. Do not pass up an excellent chance to get your name out there. No matter how small that chance, there is a possibility of it leading to bigger things and helping you become a great banjo musician.