The Starving Guitarist

Scholarship Entrant: Jonathan from Baltimore, Maryland
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
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If I could earn a living doing what I love most, it would it be teaching, writing and performing guitar music for both the electric and classical guitar. In today’s world it seems that live instrumental music is gradually (some may say rapidly) being replaced with “digital” instruments and music, especially the guitar. By connecting and sharing with people from all walks my gift, creativity and unique musical talent playing the guitar it could change the world by bringing back alive the idea what it means to be a real musician playing the guitar.

I have been studying music since the age of six. First learning how to play blues on the electric guitar until I picked up the classical guitar my freshman year of high school at the Baltimore School for the Arts where I graduated. I immediately grew a strong passion for learning and performing classical guitar music and have been playing and have been working on my skill, repertoire and technique ever since. As I’ve grown older (20 years old) I have come to realize and see the harsh reality behind the common term “The starving artist”.

In today’s world it’s becoming more difficult and competitive for instrumental musicians to make a decent living. If I could earn a living sharing my classical and electric guitar gift with the world not only would I be a very happy and satisfied man but I could help other people (through my music performance) find and feel happiness and happiness

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