#016: How to Get More Gigs and Make More Money as a Solo Guitarist with John Gilliat

In this episode, we’ve got a very special guest – somebody who is training guitar players all around the world and offering really cool courses through his guitar school online program – guitarist, John Gilliat. John has been very successful in his own right. In today’s episode, get some great tips from John on how to get more gigs and earn money as a solo guitarist. Listen as he shares his story with us and the lessons he learned along the way.

  • Overview of his story as a guitar player and teacher during COVID.
  • Creating his course, Learning to Play a Guitar Without a Guitar.
  • Tips for solo musicians to get more gigs and earn a living through their music.
  • Reasons why you need to charge what you’re worth.
  • Mistakes you can avoid as solo artists or gigging musicians.
  • He shares more about his method and how he teaches it to his students.
  • Advice for aspiring guitar players and teachers.

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Today’s Guest

John has dedicated himself to a fiery, world beat fusion of Rumba Flamenco and Latin Jazz. He is Westcoast Music Award Nominee who has toured throughout North America and Japan. Performance highlights include representing Canada at Japan’s 2005 Expo, performing at Canada’s 2010 Winter Olympics and performing for Canada’s former Prime Minister Jean Chretien.

John’s recordings have been used for radio, documentaries, TV and film in North America, Japan, Ireland and the UK. In 1995, John won “Best Acoustic Guitar Performance” in the Music West Star Frets Competition. He won Vancouver’s Unplugged Competition in 1996, in 1997 he became a finalist in Vancouver’s Global Star Quest and in 2009 competed at the Montreal Jazz Festival winning the Grand Prize at the BOSS Loop Station 2009 Championship National Finals.

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