I'm in my late 20s and "how long did it take to get there" is not an easy one to answer because
you're never "there". "There" keeps moving as you get closer to it.
Wow, "there" is an interesting question.
"There" can be fleeting for example:
Take Steve Lynch from the pretty cool 80's band Autograph, they sold lots and lots of records, toured
all over including supporting Dave era Van Halen and most reports have the guy is teaching for a living
And he was a great, and innovative guitarist who helped the two-hand rock thing with his book. (which
may have been the first on the subject)
He was 'there'! Poor guy deserves a lot more, though!
"There" can be a long road:
Next take Jennifer Batten, who is better than most guitarists alive, male or female.
She has released 2 incredible solo albums independently, and toured for years with MJ to pay the bills
and promote on the road.
Playing with Jeff Beck, it was a treat to hear her playing against the almighty and similarly initialed JB
Her next solo release is likely to have major distribution and she has been hard at it for more than 15
years to get there, and she is one of the best.
She is 'There'.
We all might get there one day:)
Maybe not all, I guess but here's hoping.
Your on your way Chris, with an independent solo release and more coming. Best of Luck and I hope the road is not too bumpy