Should I Pay $100,000 To Learn To Play Guitar
I have always been a huge music fan. A few years ago I bought a guitar and I’ve had a blast learning the basics. One day I would love to play professionally but I’m not exactly sure how to get paid for my music. I’m considering paying $100,000 for someone to teach me how to play guitar.
Now you may be thinking that I must be really rich to be willing to spend so much to learn to play guitar but I’m not. In fact, I don’t have any money saved at all. Luckily I can get a loan for $100,000 and that should cover my guitar classes. Once I finish learning how to play guitar I will slowly pay this loan back with interest for the majority of the rest of my life but at least I will know how to play guitar better.
You might also be thinking that for $100,000 I’m going to be learning from a really famous and successful musician, but that isn’t the case. Although I’m sure there are many legitimate guitar teachers out there, I’m going to learn from someone locally who tried to become a professional musician but could never make enough money in the music industry so they decided to teach guitar lessons instead. Sure I could assist local musicians, pay for workshops with established guitar players, or teach myself with much cheaper online content but I would prefer to pay $100,000 because I will be more motivated to learn if I spend the money.
I’m going to spend 4 years of my life working on chords and scales. I’m going to go to class every day with students just like me who are artists and want to make music for a living. Recording and marketing an album or planning and negotiating live performances is a very complicated business and we won’t be focusing on that aspect of guitar. For 4 years I will mainly focus on the technical side of playing guitar. 99% of all recordings are digital these days but my classes are going to teach me the more “pure” analog recording techniques which are much more artistic.
After I graduate with over $100,000 in debt I will probably be asked to play guitar at events like my friends weddings but I would never take those jobs, they would be below me. I’m an artist now right? Instead, I’m going to get a job and Starbucks while I work on my music. Over time I will join and leave a few bands and as I gain more hours at Starbucks, I will slowly lose the ability to play guitar even for fun because I will be too busy working. Eventually I will give up on my dream of playing music because I’ll realize things like “the industry isn’t what it used to be.” At this point I will have more debt than the day I left guitar school but at least I would know how to play guitar better and I’ll have my guitar school degree.
Now I realize that nobody in the music industry cares if I’ve been to school for guitar and I know that the majority of the professional musicians working today also didn’t go to school for their craft but I still think this is my best option.
So basically that’s my plan. Should I do it? I really do love playing guitar.