The journey to success as a musician is often a battle between pursuing your dreams and doing something that pays the bills.
Sometimes, musicians are forced to conclude that in order to be successful, they have to abandon their passion. Faced with such a prospect, jazz guitarist Marc-Andre Seguin got creative.
Fusing music and entrepreneurship
An established jazz musician in Gatineau, Canada, with years of experience as a composer, performer, and teacher, Marc-Andre was discouraged by the lack of full-time jazz guitar players who had an online presence providing quality, authentic teaching services.
To fill this need, he created a website to help students who wished to learn jazz guitar. “I started a blog and videos and lessons in 2009 to basically teach others, because I was a struggling musician,” he says. “I found that websites could open new doors in teaching, performance, revenues, and opportunities.”
He started JazzGuitarLessons.net, a space where budding jazz guitarists can find the resources they need to learn how to play jazz guitar. His mission? To bring free jazz guitar lessons to aspiring musicians, and provide authentic, unique content that actually helps students learn.