ddray wrote: ↑
Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:20 pm
As a p.s. to my last comment I'll give you a personal example. I've really come to admire the work of John Feeley. Did I learn about him by seeing him in concert? Nope. Did I buy a CD of his? Nope. I saw his YT videos.
Good point - in fact I saw John Feeley play a few times about 20 years ago.
However, even though I am sure than John is justly proud of his Chaconne video, which is one of the very best out there, I think he would still think, like me, that live playing is the ultimate test of a guitarist and the ultimate thrill etc.
Youtube may be the new medium, but it is a bit of a compromise, really - it can never compare to watching somebody play live a few feet away
As as to a recording contract - forget it - I read an interview in which Marcin Dylla (surely one of the best players in the world today) said that he hasn't yet been offered a recording contract. It's a dead business, killed by instant downloads and Spotify, etc.
It is an interesting time - thousands of brilliant players (nearly all playing the same basic repertoire), little in the way of concerts and no hope of a recording contract. So the default position is to go it alone and find a corner on Youtube and your own little fan-base.