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Building A Solo Show That Works

Improve your show, get better gigs, make more money, have more fun.

What if you got paid to hang out and play music?

You know, eating & drinking for free, meeting interesting people, having a blast, making great money...

Sound like the kind of part-time (or full-time) job you'd be interested in?

Here's the thing:

Talent can be developed.

Luck can be reverse-engineered.

And if you do it right, good old-fashioned hard work is actually a shit ton of fun.

I've done all three of these things in a big way.

But easily the best piece of luck I've ever had was meeting my mentor: a guy ten years my senior who was already doing what I wanted to do.

He'd been living the "gainfully unemployed" life for years, and the things he taught me shaved a decade off my learning curve.

That was a few thousand gigs ago, and since then I've added my own hacks, tweaks, and experience to this body of knowledge.

And now I want to share everything I've learned with you.

It's called Building A Solo Show That Works.

This ain't a guide on how to be like me, it's a course on developing you and your show.

Check out the syllabus below for a list of topics we'll cover, or take that video above for a quick spin.


Your Instructor


Josh Skaja
Josh Skaja

Hey there, I’m Josh Skaja. For over 15 years now I’ve earned half my income as an in-demand solo act, playing bars, restaurants, country clubs, corporate events, and the like. The other half of my musical career is as a sideman—gigging, touring, & recording with other people’s bands.

Via e-courses, I've taught more than 3,000 people the exact professional-grade sideman skills I use, and now for the first time I’m turning my teaching chops loose on how to improve your show, get better gigs, make more money, and have more fun with Building A Solo Show That Works.



Class Curriculum



Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

I really could have used this 15 years ago. You're doing God's work, my friend.

—Chelsea Lynn, Technical Director, Harper College


Damn... I wish I would have had a teacher like you when I was in school!

—Mike Church, guitarist with Kevin Purcell & The Root Doctors, Anderlik Otto & Church, Desperate Bastards, and others


I’ve been playing almost weekly gigs with Josh for 5+ years now, and absolutely no one has taught me more about being a world-class musician (and a world class human), whether on stage in front of thousands of people, or in your hometown bar. He has it figured out. I'm still constantly learning from him, on and off stage.

If you’re wanting to be a “gainfully unemployed” musician, a weekend warrior, or want to just have the stones to step in front of a microphone and pour a little of your heart out, this course is for you. Check it out!

—Jasper Smith, singer/guitarist with Gentleman's Rule, Straight No Chaser, Brothers Smith, Mid By Midwest, Standing Room Only, and others

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