Tom Hess

Tom Hess is a highly successful guitar teacher, recording artist and the guitar player for the band Rhapsody Of Fire. He helps people from all over the world learn how to teach guitar. Visit his website to get free guitar teacher resources and to read more guitar teaching articles.

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  1. Randy Hoexter
    December 22nd, 2012 @ 8:27 am

    Nice article. These are all great points about “beginning with the end in mind.” You are spot-on in your evaluation of the “artist” personality…

    I don’t totally agree with “You have played, performed and toured with many different bands” as any kind of problem unless you have been unethical and mercenary in your conduct. I think it shows experience and adaptability as well as the ability to manage a complex schedule. The freelance musician is the long-term survivor. It’s nice to have something musical to do while waiting for your “ship to come in.”

    I think It is also important to define “success” more realistically in this new millennium… There are plenty of “famous” people who don’t make nearly as much money as one might think, and their career arc is laughably short. Better to think about building a specialized, loyal audience to support your music than to strive for mythical “rock star” status. This kind of stadium-filling fame is mostly a thing of the past, and is mostly about political and commercial position rather than musical value. Most musicians reading this will want to do something artistically valuable, while making a decent living… totally possible.

    Thanks for a great article!

  2. Jacqueline van Bierk
    January 17th, 2013 @ 12:51 am

    Great article! Most of the things you mentioned are total common sense yet we don’t do the simple thing that can make a huge difference in our career. I definitely fit into the “fountain of new ideas and excitement” catagory and while it’s great to be on a creative high, it becomes extremely frustrating as things pile up and I usually end up overwhelmed and stall…Reading all your other articles has made me spend quality time writing down my goals, getting clear and working a plan! Thanks so much! I’m glad I found you and look forward to more.

  3. strojjj
    November 6th, 2013 @ 4:30 am

    Seriously Tom?
    This article is like so many ‘generic’ how to articles I’ve read. It is like saying, to be successful, you must learn to be successful! The ideas presented are, as another commenter wrote, common sense. Where are the specifics? How about suggesting places to go to make music connections, how to promote a new song, how to find a good recording studio that is a good fit for your style, how to copy write your songs…? You’ve actually given NO direction for a musician to take, other than, you must find a path.

  4. G.E. Grant
    July 20th, 2015 @ 12:15 am

    I really like the concept of eliminating conflicting weaknesses that come along with achieving specific goals. I have some very specific goals. My weakness is, I really enjoy planning and I tend to over plan, over think and get stuck in the planning phase. I could happily plan away forever. One thing I started doing is breaking the big plans into small achievable goals that build on each other towards the big goal. I try and achieve one small goal daily and this helps get me out of constant planning and moving towards my goal.

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