(Closed) Classical guitarist–this price ok?

posted 6 years ago in Music
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Our string quartet is just under $1,000. It’s totally not the same as a guitarist, I know, but it’s a fourth of the people for a fourth of the price, so that makes sense to me. Not sure how helpful that is.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Decent price if he’s any good. How much of a student is he? How much experience does he have doing what you expect of him?

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Oops- I should have added that’s for two hours as well.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@koi424:  This is a really good point! When we were looking for the musicians students in our area (college level musicians training to be musicians) were only about a hundred dollars less than the real pros so we went with the professionals. If he’s a pro now it sounds reasonable, but if he’s pretty green it might be too much. Also consider how much customization he’s able to provide- will he learn any particular songs if you want?

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think that’s a great price!  We are around DC/MD and we just booked a professional guitarist for $150 for the ceremony only (one hour of music tops).  And that was after bringing him down a TON on the price.  Other musicians we inquired about cost as much as $400-500 for just the ceremony.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I paid 350 for 2 hours for a professional guitarist. And he learnt new music for me. So that kinda doesn’t seem that good of a “deal”

Post # 11
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Wannabee

Hi,

I’m a classical guitarist in the Philadelphia area, and this is a fair price. I’m assuming this is the reception, $225 is a very fair price for 2 hours (I would probably ask between $200-250). In regards to the person who paid $350 for 2 hours, that seems proportional to me considering the guitarist added repertoire to do the gig. Also, a ceremony usually costs more than a reception because there is specific music, and because it is a shorter period of time. I played a 4 hour reception this past weekend for $325; if it had only been one hour, I probably would have charged around $100; it’s normal to charge less “per-hour” for longer gigs. All in all, I think his rate is competetive.

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