Top tips for making it big!

Joe Ward of Musicroom hands band of the year winners Kerplunk their prize of a Fender guitar
Joe Ward of Musicroom hands band of the year winners Kerplunk their prize of a Fender guitar

With the top five highest paid musicians of 2010 taking home a collective $465million last year alone, it’s clear to see the appeal for many who are looking to break into, and make a name for themselves within this lucrative industry.

More than 21% of the UK population above the age of five play an instrument and over 11 million households own at least one musical instrument.

The musical talent pool could be seen as overflowing with approximately 600,000 serious UK musicians currently seeking success with their own original music. Competition is stiff, however success in not impossible.

Here, Musicroom, the UK’s leading retailer for instruments and sheet music, gives its advice on how to break into the industry:

l Practising and continually learning is key

l Use every opportunity that you are given to perform

l Create your own opportunities, don’t sit back and wait to be discovered

l Try and get jobs associated to the industry, such as teaching music, working at a record company, working within a music store or writing music reviews

l Embrace online opportunities presented by channels such as YouTube

Joe Ward, store manager at Musicroom’s Nottingham store, who recently judged our very own Band of the Year competition, said: “The younger you start learning an instrument the better, as it gives you more time to learn, practise and find your own style.

“Visiting a store will provide children starting out on their musical journey with the opportunity to see the variety of instruments available and, if it’s a Musicroom store, it’ll also give them the chance to experience the instruments first-hand.”

Musicroom recommends the following instruments:

l Pure Tone Ukulele, £24.99 including gig bag and tuition book

l Casio CDP100 digital piano, £299

l Yamaha PSR-E323 digital piano, £99

l Ibanez Art120 electric guitar, £269

l Fender CD-60 acoustic guitar, £115

Find yours at your local Musicroom store or online at Musicroom stores can be found in: Brighton, Bristol, Dublin, Dundee, Edinburgh, Exeter, Hatfield, Leeds, Lincoln, London’s Denmark Street, Norwich, Nottingham, Poole, Portsmouth, Salisbury, Stratford, Truro, and York.