Guitar.com Live: Zane Carney and Dr. Molly Miller talk building a diverse music career amid COVID-19

They discussed the potential of livestreaming, staying productive in quarantine and more.

Guitar.com Live: With touring and in-person gigs off the cards due to COVID-19, guitarists Zane Carney and Dr. Molly Miller sat down to discuss how they’ve diversified their careers while in lockdown. The remote conversation aired on the first day of the virtual guitar show.

In their conversation, Carney and Miller discussed the potential of livestreaming as an alternative to in-person events; staying productive in quarantine; tips to becoming a more versatile guitarist, and more.

A regular streamer on Twitch, Carney shared that he actually began experimenting with livestreaming platforms pre-COVID. “It started about four years ago, I got sick when I was doing this tour in Germany,” Carney said.

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“As I was coming back from that fatigue, I went on Periscope and Instagram Live and got somewhat of an idea of what streaming is.”

When COVID-19 hit, Carney began offering video lessons online at a discounted rate to his fans. One of his strategies to generate more online traction for his channel was to host discounted lessons live, where attendees watching in real-time could also participate and ask questions of their own.

Elsewhere in the discussion, Miller highlighted the importance of building professional relationships within the larger music community – particularly in the time of quarantine – as it could lead to more paid job opportunities.

“I definitely did more teaching, and said ‘yes’ to a ton of [recording] work,” she said. “What I always say and what I’ve realised even more through this is how community is the most important thing.”

Watch the entire conversation above.

Check out more videos from our virtual guitar show at Guitar.com/live

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