I don’t know, if I did I would be rich probably or something like that. There is no answer really… so why make this post you ask? And its not really about the theory of making money about music. I like blues and soul music mostly, and where does that come from. It comes from inside you. That is something you cannot teach, but if you have something to say, then say it.
So basically my first part seems to be to write songs and to write some good songs. So then gives the question of how to do that? Which is another hard question. It stems from you, in my opinion….
1. Being a good musician, confident with your talent and always wanting to improve.
2. Say what you need to, don’t force yourself and literally live your life looking for words that you associate with. you could carry a notebook around with you (or just use phone notes app) and write down a picture a person, something that inspires you or feel any emotion. Write from your heart, would be the greatest advice I could give.
3. As for the music, another bit of advice I can give is to stop lie down or be quiet when you have some words or an idea, read them aloud or in your head and imagine the music going around it. Or when you stumble upon musical ideas, just sing words off the top of your head.
….just write it’ll get easier trust me, maybe the first few songs will be crap but it’ll come, don’t think quantity but quality.
Now back to the original question, lets assume you have some great songs, you can play by yourself, sing and play acoustic or piano also. Play them as often as you can as they will evolve. Also record video of you playing those songs on your own and watch back. You’ll get a different perspective, or just chuck them on youtube and ask your friends what they think. (don’t expect it to go viral, that would just be a bonus!)
Play them in a set on your own in your bedroom if you have 2 great originals and 2 covers you have practiced and made your own. Imagine you are playing a small pub or coffee house (if you are from the USA), sing those words you wrote from your soul and try to convey how you felt when you wrote them. Try different set orders, and play all the way through each day. Pick the songs which feel the best and simply find someone to play them to.
Or you could get a good microphone or multitrack recorder and go for it! Get some demos recorded! Record them over and over, until they are the best you can get. Then get some more musicians maybe find a duo have a jam you can a violin or bassist pianist or another guitar player, get some better demos, or even spend some money and go into a studio (but be very well rehearsed beforehand or you’ll waste your money.)
Play small shows for free, open mics or anything you can find literally, if they like you, you’re doing something right and hand out demos and all, youtube, twitter, facebook… release somethin on cd baby and you are off.
Well I cant say much. I have no fame and haven’t taken all of these steps yet… I plan to, but not for the sake of ever being a massive solo success .. but for the sake of playing music and loving it, maybe making some money on the side to perhaps donate to charity or something (I don’t plan on ever relying on music for a main income).
Bob Dylan never wrote for the sake of success, he wrote to be heard, to change a little part of the world… or to show what he felt about the world.
If you want success that’s just selfish. I will keep writing as long as I live and hope that people will listen, to make the world better by the healing power of music, however much of a cliche that sounds… That’ll be when I make it, when I can smile and speak for myself.