Is there room for a mediocre guitarist in Nashville?

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  1. soundchaser59

    soundchaser59 Silver Supporting Member

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    This is about the best summary I could possibly imagine. Not pessimistic, not a pipe dream, just realistic and a can-be-a-great-thing attitude. Good one.
     
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  2. Vintage_

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    Waylon and Johnny Cash did ok...:eek: :hide
     
  3. EarleG

    EarleG ® Silver Supporting Member

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    Well, it is actually more like 135,200 now.
     
  4. Bankston

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    I grew up with a guy who was the best guitarist in our age group in our hometown. He was a prodigy, who could play any genre with ease as a teenager, including jazz, country, classical, metal, you name it.

    He was the lead guitarist for a certain country singer when the singer got signed to a Nashville deal and became a big star in the 90's, but my buddy got replaced after that.

    Now he's playing acoustic guitar for another star singer from the 90's. Which I'm sure is a good gig, but it's well below his talent level as a guitarist.

    Seems like there's a helluva pecking order in Music City and I'm sure there's countless similar stories.
     
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  6. BadAssBill

    BadAssBill southofnash.com Silver Supporting Member

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    I've thought about this a little bit...and I'll say this. One thing I noticed about the guitarists in Nashville is they never play solos note for note, except maybe folsom and working man blues. My guess is they have so many songs to learn and play on, they don't have time to do that. Their solos are always tasteful, but I play em note for note probably 80% of the time. If I wanted to "stand out" in a town that filled with musicians....maybe start there.
    Also, as the number of bands has gone up there...the talent is not nearly as consistent. Three weeks ago driving down broad you are immersed in music from as many as 10+ bands at once spilling into the street. We heard plenty of bands that were not nearly as good as us with prime time gigs. At night...the talent goes up a notch too. But, I think there is plenty of room for an average guitarist looking to have some fun and play out. Just don't expect to make any money doing it.
     
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  7. MatchFive

    MatchFive Silver Supporting Member

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    lol

    There is only room for top notch virtuoso guitarists there..
     
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  8. mobius

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    You can always get a job as an attendant at the first petrol station people meet coming to Nashville. Or so the saying goes or something...

    :dude
     
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    Okay, now I *really* wanna move there.
     
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    Networking is the king wherever you go. Get out and be active and assertive, you will find friends. Heck, maybe start you own thing? I answered a Meetup and now have been jamming with some folks for months every two weeks on Sundays.
     
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    Give it a shot, and try not to follow this guy at an audition ;):

     
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    MatchFive Silver Supporting Member

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    Holy Crap
     
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    MatchFive Silver Supporting Member

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    You might not want to follow this guy either..

     
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    In my experience Nashville is over saturated with singer/songwriters, cover bands and guitar slingers. EVERY bar on Broadway has a cover band playing on Friday and Saturday night. I've seen some dreadful bands there and I've seen some excellent bands there and everything in between. If you are a decent player, you can find gigs - paying or not. Idk what kind of music you are into but the indie scene is actually really good there and here in K-town too for that matter. Country is of course the main palette in Nashville though so bring your Tele.
     
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    I think these men would find a route to success that didn't involve much Nashville whatsoever, if they were coming along now.
     
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    Definitely possible. But it was meant to highlight that they weren't exactly blazing pickers.
     
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    I tried to watch that but turned it off because he wasn’t using barrel saddles.
     
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    buddaman71 Student of Life Silver Supporting Member

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    tnvol Ufologist Silver Supporting Member

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    I think it's about being in the right place at the right time. Of course being able to play your ass off matters but luck has a lot to do with it. You can't throw a rock without hitting 250 badass players in Nashville.
     
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    Been about 10 or more years but I spent a month in Nashville attending the Tin Pan South songwriters festival, and recording some demos .
    So as to your question , Yes especially for playing solo in that there was and I assume still is quite a few open mic's. Which all you have to do is show up and sign up
    Which can be a venue to meet other musicians, as well and possibly play with
     

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