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Title: calling all buskers
Post by: Alex6strings on September 05, 2020, 11:08:57 pm
This is post 800 for me which i just noticed.   I might be guilty of over sharing at the moment, sorry about that but for post 800 I thought i'd start this topic which has been on my mind for a while.   This could be a very uninteresting , boring topic for many so I wont be offended if no one comments. 
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I'm interested in hearing from and learning from those of you who have gotten out there and spent some time busking.  Whether or not it was for fun or out of necessity is not important to me.  I'm just really interested in hearing your experiences, good or bad.   And if you have done some busking and also suffer stage fright, performance anxiety, i'd be really interested in your experience.  It's one of those things that interests me more and more the older i get.  It also scares the heck out of me more and more the older I get, and that's just the thought of it.   
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I suppose I'm trying to break down some of the walls or barriers I've put up with my music.   Playing live for human people is a massive cause of anxiety and stress for me and I know i'm not alone there.   Busking has kinda always been in the back of my mind as a way to take that step and start to overcome that fear.   Probably because it's the one form of performance that I can think of where the expectation to entertain or responsibility to isn't really there.    And if I realize after 3 seconds that I can't do it... I can walk.   No harm done.   hmmm.  I know that's probably not the best way to overcome your fears (giving yourself an easy out) but I'm certainly not going to just go start playing gigs or open mics, that'll never happen without first starting at ground level. ( :-[nthe thought of an open mic even makes me sick in the stomach).  Respect to the open micers!
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ok i need to explain.  I'm not too proud to say that I have mental health issues.  I have spent my working life in the military and the NSW Police Service.  I've been battling these health issues since I was injured on the job as a Police Officer in Sydney in early 2000's.    I'm also a true introvert which for me means i get exhausted around people and my energy is drained really quickly.  And until I'm alone again and able to re-energize it stays that way.   The thing is none of this is out of the ordinary or uncommon at all.  Many performers / musicians are introverts and do have mental health issues and even have chronic stage fright.  But they still do it, and I wonder how, I really do.   
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In my dreams I see myself in a decked out campervan, travelling around Australia, living a simple yet beautiful life, doing what i love to do and having it help provide for me.   Australia is an affluent country with an outdoor lifestyle so busking has always been big here and the good ones do well.  To make a few dollars would be a bonus but really the biggest and best thing I can imagine is to be able to play my guitar and have a couple of people stop and listen occasionally.   If that does what I imagine it could for me it would change my life and I'd be a much nicer person.   I just added the nicer person thing, really i'm never gonna be very nice...lol
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: DavidP on September 06, 2020, 05:46:07 am
First up, good vibes and congrats on the 800, Alex. I have always enjoyed your blend of insight, encouragement, self-deprecation, wry humour, and of course you are a mighty fine player. One of my (many) inspirations here in the Community, folk who demonstrate that with discipline, determination, dedication I too can play to a level that the everyday non-playing music-loving person-on-the-street would enjoy and dare I say consider impressive. That playing to that level is not a divine or genetic gift betstowed on the chosen few (without opening that debate here).

I know exactly how ineffective and lacking in empathy it would be to say that you play at a level where you have nothing to worry about in terms of ability to perform, to play at a level that people would enjoy. We all have our inner doubts, fears, and anxieties and the challenge is to build up that courage to take that bold step and put yourself out there, wherever there may be, despite those doubts, fears, and anxieties. 

That really began for me when I posted my first recording here, first audio, and then again even more so the first video. Credit yourself, you have taken that first step.

I don't think it is a bad thing to think of busking as being safe because if it doesn't go well then you can always pack up. If that serves as a safety net that makes it possible then I reckon that's just fine.

For me personally, I found the open mic OK to do because it felt like a safe and supportive place to take the step. I've shared at length elsewhere. But in a nutshell, my first step was a recce, to see the environment, to experience the evening, to meet the people. I spoke to some of the organisers to test what they expected of performers. And the vibe I got from them made me feel it would be OK, that they didn't expect people at the Open Mic to be consumate performers, who if the dice had rolled differently, had made different choices, could be pro or semi-pro musicians.

Busking for me would be a step up on that, for me it feels like I am stepping up and declaring myself to be a performer of some measure of quality.  It is not like a paid gig in terms of audience expectation, but I'd feel a need to be at a level beyond where I am now to go busking. 

That said, I think if you took a camping stool out there, plonked it down on the promenade, faced the ocean, and began to play for yourself, just like you do in your lounge then in short order passers-by would be stopping to listen.  Depending on your promenade you might not see them stop if they were walking by behind your back, but I can only say if I was walking by I'd by stopping to listen. And maybe that is a first step, not facing the public with an open guitar case seeded with some notes and coin, putting yourself out there as a street performer ... just rather playing in a public place.

Wish you well, my friend, and big ups for sharing your aspirations, doubts, and personal struggles.
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: batwoman on September 06, 2020, 06:24:04 am
In my dreams I see myself in a decked out campervan, travelling around Australia, living a simple yet beautiful life, doing what i love to do and having it help provide for me.   Australia is an affluent country with an outdoor lifestyle so busking has always been big here and the good ones do well.  To make a few dollars would be a bonus but really the biggest and best thing I can imagine is to be able to play my guitar and have a couple of people stop and listen occasionally.   If that does what I imagine it could for me it would change my life and I'd be a much nicer person.   I just added the nicer person thing, really i'm never gonna be very nice...lol

Here's your motivation Alex ... a dream that could be closer to becoming a reality than you might think. Over the many years you've learned and grown as a guitarist, you've been drawn by the joy of playing and improving on that. I know Tommy has been a great part of your inspiration. In some ways I see him living a life like your dream.

There are many who understand what it's like to be an introvert and how hard it is to be in full view. For introverts to fulfill their dreams, it's a matter of taking one step at a time. Those steps are fueled by a dream. You have a dream and you have a choice as to whether you live that dream or not.

Just like improving your guitar playing, so too you can learn and grow the skills that will enable you to feel safe and be seen and heard by others. I have no doubt at all that there are good things that go with taking that step, as yet unknown to you. These things lie on the other side of your fear.

Baby steps Alex.

First step. You could try sitting in your own garden and play. If your garden faces the street, all the better. Do this every day or so till you feel comfortable. If it helps, the first time you do this, choose a time when there's no one on the street.

Next step.  Might be something like parking your car near a beach or a lake, perching yourself on the edge of your car seat or the boot and playing one or two songs. Perhaps start on a day when no one is there. Keep going back and if there are people there, play a song or two.

Most of all, hold onto your dream. Bring it to life by taking tiny steps towards it.  Know that your buddies far and wide are backing you.
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: Alex6strings on September 06, 2020, 06:36:06 am
@DavidP that's a post I'm gonna save on my computer cause you really hit some valid points there and have me looking at things in a very different way which I thank you for. 
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I really like the idea of doing a recce of an open mic. I don't even know if there is any running around here but i'm gonna find out because that's just a really good idea.  I'm as local as you can be here so I'll most most likely know one or two people from earlier years which could go either way but that's ok. 
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News!  since my original post David I spoke with my friend who i've done some volunteer work before.
I'd totally forgotten about it cause it's been a while since he asked me,  but he gets local musicians who volunteer to do a 45 min set at the soup kitchen every wednesday lunchtime.   He asked if i was interested some time ago , I just laughed at him and he knew I was gonna say no.   But today I said , leave it with me for a few days.   
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The soup kitchen thing is very low key and i've seen instagram videos that theyve put up from their wednesday musical lunch. And it's very much the people there eating are just happy people to be having a nice and being entertained.   They've had everything from quite well known acts travelling through town  to a 97 year old playing a ukele and singing tip toe through the tulips.   Surely I can squeeze my thing in between those genre's somewhere... ;D
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Thanks my friend you've helped a lot and given me more than a little food for thought.   It's only an issue because of the style of guitar i play I think.  I believe I could strum through the nerves if i was accompanying a singer. The thought of that is actually quite ok.   But solo, and something about nerves and fingerstyle just turns me to a train wreck.  I couldn't fake it until i make it playing that stuff.  I'm so grateful for this excellent insight Mr D , you're a gentlemen of the highest order.  be safe, and keep on picking brother!
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: Alex6strings on September 06, 2020, 09:23:58 am
@batwoman,  thank you so much for your amazing thoughtful and beautiful reply Maggie.  I'm moved by words as usual and I can't express that enough.   
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I started this thread about busking but really it's more than that and I'm very lucky to have two of the nicest people i've ever known as friends thanks to this forum. Yourself and David have been more than just online friends to me and I'll always love you both for that.   
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I had to smirk when i read your idea about playing in the garden.  One minute before I read it, I went around and closed my windows which is standard procedure for me when I rock out..lol.  So I opened one of them a smidge.  Small steps Maggie, small steps.  I really like the idea and i do have a nice little deck that it's up high and I've just given it a shush up with some bamboo and my herbs and it's actually completely private from view from anywhere.  Heard but not seen.. hmmm interesting. 
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Watching the news and this covid thing is slowly getting better around our way Maggie.  I can't wait to take a roadtrip and spend some time up north there where all the cool cats hang out. ;)  I was thinking about it and it's been just on 1 year since I've been up there.   That's the longest its ever been for me.   
You take care and be safe and thank you.  I hope your recording and your current project is going fab!  can't wait to hear or see you play again!
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: DarrellW on September 06, 2020, 09:59:56 am
Alex, go out there and play the blues - it’s what you do best! I’ve been very much like you are for many years, it really does inhibit your progress! I’ve just recently started playing in public sitting outside of our Caravan (Trailer?) with all of our neighbours around listening and occasionally giving some applause! I don’t really see myself going busking yet but who knows, once I get acclimatised that may change. If it’s a desire then go for it, if you don’t you will never know what you have been missing which would be sad!!!
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: Alex6strings on September 06, 2020, 10:31:48 am
Alex, go out there and play the blues - it’s what you do best! I’ve been very much like you are for many years, it really does inhibit your progress! I’ve just recently started playing in public sitting outside of our Caravan (Trailer?) with all of our neighbours around listening and occasionally giving some applause! I don’t really see myself going busking yet but who knows, once I get acclimatised that may change. If it’s a desire then go for it, if you don’t you will never know what you have been missing which would be sad!!!

Yeah good advice thanks Darrell.  And you're right, it's all about not wanting regrets and getting older and all that.   Thanks for the up vote on the blues!  I do love me some blues that is for sure. My problem is I'm a softy and I love so many different genre's of music, I've been playing a classical song Pachabelles Cannon and a christmas carol i'm learning all week.  I'm not a big xmas person but now i'm posting a bit of music I thought I'd lean one to post this year.   
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That's really great what you're doing with playing within range of your neighbors.  Like Maggies idea it's one I can definitely do from my deck.   Keep me posted if you do decide to go further and have a busk!  thanks for your post Darrell.
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: sairfingers on September 06, 2020, 11:11:32 am
Hi Alex
I know nothing about mental health. I’m neither an introvert nor an extrovert, I’m Mr Average somewhere in the middle. I’ve never busked or done an open mic, so I’m not even sure why I’m replying to your post as I have no first hand knowledge or advice to offer. I can only offer what I hope is a supportive ear from the other side of the world.
What I can say is that you have terrific guitar/musical skills so have absolutely no need to worry about what people would say about your playing should you go ‘public’.

I’m sorry if my reply is stating the obvious but I really felt for you when I read your post.
Driving around sunny Australia in a camper-van playing guitar sounds like an awesome way to spend some time. Is this an achievable dream? I obviously don’t know your circumstances but perhaps unrealistic to think of doing it on a full time basis? But for part of the year it sounds fantastic. The advice others have given you sounds good to me.

I’m sure you’ll make the right decisions and I look forward to your next AVoYP. Perhaps you could take a leaf out of CT’s book and post one from your deck. I for one will look at the sun, bamboo and herbs (and of course listen to the guitar skills) with envy.
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: GregB on September 06, 2020, 11:40:35 am
Hi Alex
I know nothing about mental health. I’m neither an introvert nor an extrovert, I’m Mr Average somewhere in the middle. I’ve never busked or done an open mic, so I’m not even sure why I’m replying to your post as I have no first hand knowledge or advice to offer. I can only offer what I hope is a supportive ear from the other side of the world.
What I can say is that you have terrific guitar/musical skills so have absolutely no need to worry about what people would say about your playing should you go ‘public’.

I’m sorry if my reply is stating the obvious but I really felt for you when I read your post.
Driving around sunny Australia in a camper-van playing guitar sounds like an awesome way to spend some time. Is this an achievable dream? I obviously don’t know your circumstances but perhaps unrealistic to think of doing it on a full time basis? But for part of the year it sounds fantastic. The advice others have given you sounds good to me.

I’m sure you’ll make the right decisions and I look forward to your next AVoYP. Perhaps you could take a leaf out of CT’s book and post one from your deck. I for one will look at the sun, bamboo and herbs (and of course listen to the guitar skills) with envy.

Alex, I could say my dream was to play half as well as you can, sadly I’ve not enough time left 😂 so I’d settle for half as good.

I think you’ve been given some fantastic advise from the community and baby steps sounds like a way forward for you. Keep sharing your skills on here too, it a great listen.
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: Alex6strings on September 06, 2020, 12:59:38 pm
Gordon and Greg thank you both for such encouraging and supportive posts I really appreciate it.   And I am humbled by the compliments on my playing it really really does mean a lot. 
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Thats not a bad idea of a Deck Sessions series Gordon,  ;D and considering my recording policy of,  'if it doesn't happen in the first 2 takes it's not gonna happen'  I wouldn't be out there playing all day or anything.  hmm just turned spring here too, feels like summer already, love it.
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I'm going to experiment with my next recording using my guitars pic up and inbuilt condenser mic into my amp then line out from my amp into zoom h5 on one mono track, and simultaneously record using the zooms inbuilt mics on another mono track.  Because they'll sound completely different it usually makes a  good mix..I had a zoom years ago and did this a few times.  This new zoom Up until now I've just been recording in stereo using the zooms mics... what was my point.. oh yeah I can easily run leads inside from my deck and into the amp and back out into the zoom so that'll work.   
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Thanks again Gordon and Greg. keep on picking!
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: rwoodlin on September 06, 2020, 01:07:59 pm
Just jumping in here to say the love and caring in this community is beyond awesome!
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: DavidP on September 06, 2020, 01:17:49 pm
The soup kitchen opportunity sounds like it might be just right and the fact that it surfaces just as you post this ... no coincidences, as they say.
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: adi_mrok on September 06, 2020, 01:38:24 pm
Hi Alex I am also not the person who is able to give you any advice on busking since I am still way behind with my skills but I can try to encourage you as well and give you a compliment for how you are a very good guitar player. I think with those skills peoplr would be blessed having an opportunity to hear you alive.

And baby steps is all I can think of - from opening the window to playing on a porch and perhaps moving outside to some secluded place like a big open plan park on a bench where really there is a one or two persons passing by each hour. Once you build up some confidence try to push yourself and move beyond your comfort zone because that's when good things are happening.

Lately when my wife was taking a driving lesson so I had a spare 2 hours. Ipicked up my guitar and sat there on a bench where some people were playing cricket and others were watching and at first I was terrified but then I thought whatever I am here a complete stranger and once I pack up and hide my guitar back to my car I will drive back home 20 miles away and I will never see those people again. It also helped that I don't have an acoustic guitar so playing on an unhooked electric was really quiet and barely anyone was hearing it, but hey that is a first step isn't it?

It's completely unrelated to busking but when it goes to pushing yourself outside the comfort zone to get reulsults I can try and compare it to myself moving abroad and using English 90% of a time. First when I was learning as a kid there were children in my social area who were laughing you off when you tried and gave effort to sound better than an average person while speaking English. It actually even was taking place when I was at uni and people were mocking like oh are you working at Queen's courtyard, give it a break and speak like everyone else. I was affected by those comments but I still tried to push and I think I speak better than all of my friend and perhaps nowadays they even feel a bit jealous when it comes down to my English skills.

I didn't have much confidence with me so when I moved in to the UK you can't even imagine the stress I was under when I was looking for my first job here. Speaking with a native British person during an intervieqlw - how will they understand my mumbling, am I going to freeze, gosh those accents how will I understand them? And you know what I somehow pulled it off - I could stay in my comfort zone go working somewhere where many immigrants are working and English is barely used but I pushed myself and I am quite well.

So very long story short go out there and give it a go! Drive out to a local town where no one knows you sit on a bench and think "you know what they don't know me and once I put back my guitar into a car and drive back home I am again in a safe zone and nobody will know from my social circle that I have tried" and perhaps it will be a step closer to an open mic or gathering crowds on promenade to admire your guitar skill.

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Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: woodsy on September 06, 2020, 04:22:50 pm
Haven't done any busking yet being relatively new at guitar but its in the
back of my mind.
I keep telling my better half if my retirement funds cease I can go into town down to the street corner with my hat in front of me and pick and strum for potential handouts.
I might do Karaoke if the virus ever quits. Got a few songs I can do without sheet music in front of me.
Thanks for bringing it up and all the comments thus far.
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: CT on September 06, 2020, 06:19:41 pm
I won't speak to mental health issues, nor do I want to minimize anyone's situation, but it takes guts to present your talent in any public manner for all to see. Most of us had to build up our nerve to begin sharing our music. Anyone born with a slice of ham in them has my respect. 

At the risk of being somewhat contrary, I often find buskers and random street performers to be intrusive most of the time. The same goes for people with loud car radios and boom boxes in public places. It can be a total assault on the senses, and a negative mood altering experience. The music that rattles around in my brain is where I am in the moment. One particular busker who set up court at a local farmer's market eventually drove me away from it. It's a skill like any other, and you need to do your homework, and most of all know your audience. Find a place where what you play is welcome. Playing to a captive audience needs some forethought.

That said, there is the occasional lone sax player in the distance that has been known to totally slay me. It's a mixed bag with only occasional instances that have moved me in a positive way. I would probably busk with a sign reading, "Pay me to stop playing."
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: close2u on September 06, 2020, 06:46:34 pm
Hey Alex.
You're already putting yourself out there in public by posting as you did and declaring your health issues and your doubts and fears.
You have taken a huge step towards playing 'out there somewhere, to somebody' by stating the desire publicly.
As Mrs B says above, the actuality of the doing it may take baby steps. Opening your window is a great idea and had resonance with me as I have always made a point of closing my windows if I'm playing loud - for no discernible reason. Nor do I play in my back or front garden - and I easily could. There is a public path running behind the fence / trees of my back garden but people can't see.

As to busking ... it has many forms really. Some take a street amp and plug in plus sing with a mic. They are loud and fill up a space and there's no missing them. Some actively perform and seek a crowd. At the other end, there are incidental players who play through a repertoire  without making a song and dance about it (pun intentional). The latter is not likely going to make a lot of money but if you can imagine yourself heading down that path it can be a confidence builder as you overcome your obstacles.

Other points - unless you set out to stop people and have a crowd, people are going to pass on by so you are literally playing as a passing string of people walk by, not for a crowd. That means you do not need to play perfectly. It means you can play a very small repertoire on loop basically as 99.9% of people won't hear a full song through, never mind your entire set list. It can be a way to hone a handful of songs - get out and play five songs through two or three times each. Or more if you're into it.

The open mic idea is great - unlike playing on the street where you are the centre of any attention that is given (if it is given), an open mic is a completely shared event. Yes, for your stint, you will be the focus. But the pressure is minimal if you find a supportive place like David has because everyone has gone out for a drink or two, a little music, perhaps something they can sing along to, perhaps something they don't normally hear, and to hear music played live. The expectations could be wholly manageable for you. You could maybe even just start with one song / tune as you find your way.

I'm sure DavidP posted a video of him playing next to a truck at some outdoors event some time back in time.
I recall a few other forum members writing about / posting pics / video of them playing in the street too. You may get some more people chime in.

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Years ago - more than a few, when I was still quite young - I did do some busking but it was with four other people, several sang, we had multiple instruments and it was  not at all frightening in that scenario. Solo busking I know nothing about personally.
I have done open mics but, as you suggest above, I strum along for Mrs C to sing and I have little pressure on me as most focus on the vocalist.
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: Alex6strings on September 06, 2020, 11:24:31 pm
@rwoodlin - you're so right,  I'm blown away by the encouragement and support.
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@adi_mrok - Thanks so much for your encouraging post adi.   Some really good points and things for me to think about.   That sounds like a great way to spend the afternoon, sit back watching a game of cricket playing a few tunes!
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@CT  ;) thank you my friend.   It's interesting to read your take on buskers and I have to admit there have been times when the sound coming from a busker nearby has been enough for me to move on!  interesting.   Being contrary is great Clint that's why I put this out there, I get stuck in my own head just reading thoughts from you all really does to help.   As you know you and your words were a big part of me getting of my butt and posting some music as I have been more recently, I'm really grateful for that because it's started something and it's continuing, so thank you.   I think i was born with a slice of ham but over the years it's turned into spam...  :-\
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@close2u - wow thanks Richard for such a great post.  I feel chuffed at the response from the community here.   I do remember that post of David playing by the truck outside.  Feels like so long ago.    I appreciate your words Richard and sharing your experiences it's again given me another perspective and it will help to get out of my head..  I think that's really what it will come down to for me.   
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I wish I had a Mrs C so I could accompany her while she say :)  I have a girlfriend so I think gonna have to tell her that if she doesn't learn to sing well, she's out the door.   I don't see any other way.   ;)    that's gonna come to bite me that one.   ;)
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Thanks again for all the extremely thoughtful, caring posts.  It's really something.  I'm really feeling the community spirit and love here and I thank  you all for that.    Many of your posts I will re read several times and I know they'll help.  Keep on picking!
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: CT on September 07, 2020, 12:46:44 am
@CT  ;) thank you my friend.   It's interesting to read your take on buskers and I have to admit there have been times when the sound coming from a busker nearby has been enough for me to move on!  interesting.   Being contrary is great Clint that's why I put this out there, I get stuck in my own head just reading thoughts from you all really does to help.   As you know you and your words were a big part of me getting of my butt and posting some music as I have been more recently, I'm really grateful for that because it's started something and it's continuing, so thank you.   I think i was born with a slice of ham but over the years it's turned into spam...  :-\
I may have helped by planting a seed, I'm sure others chimed in as well, but all credit goes to you. You can really play guitar, my friend!

The greatest inspiration that I can bring to the table is for people to observe an opinionated old croaky voiced dude with cigar fingers tossing his tracks fearlessly out there into the wild -- they in turn should be inspired by the fact that they can certainly do no worse. Most folks can probably top a 28 subscriber youtube channel in less than the two years it has taken me! I'm not bitter nor do I take myself too seriously.

Busking also reminds me of our local Mexican restaurants (I love Mexican food, culture, people, everything) with the table side mariachi players. I'm there having margaritas with friends/family and here comes trumpets, shouting vocals (AhhHaa!!), and Oom-pah-pah rhythms. We can't carry on a conversation now, and you just interrupted us for a song request and follow-on tip. There's a time and place for everything. Yeah, there's got to be a better way to play out in the wild than busking.   
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: woodsy on September 07, 2020, 12:57:21 am
Subway busking and money rolling in. Heck she even has
a performer's permit.



Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: Rossco01 on September 07, 2020, 08:32:23 am
I've busked two or three times and was very lucky - until recently - that there were 3-4 busking "festivals" in towns near me. Typically you just turned up, chose your pitch and started to play. It was nice because across the town were lots of people doing the same thing. The hardest part was starting AND then you realise - given it's busking - most people will just pass by. It's always quite nice though if you get a few people stop and listen to a particular song. Definitely quite a chilled out way to start performing.

Here's the only clip I've got of me busking from 2016




Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: CT on September 07, 2020, 05:46:53 pm
I can get behind a busker's festival. Winning idea!
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: Alex6strings on September 07, 2020, 09:46:08 pm
I've busked two or three times and was very lucky - until recently - that there were 3-4 busking "festivals" in towns near me. Typically you just turned up, chose your pitch and started to play. It was nice because across the town were lots of people doing the same thing. The hardest part was starting AND then you realise - given it's busking - most people will just pass by. It's always quite nice though if you get a few people stop and listen to a particular song. Definitely quite a chilled out way to start performing.

Here's the only clip I've got of me busking from 2016




Vibes Rossco that was cool, thanks for sharing that.  I like the way you set up the camera looking out rather than just in at you.  Gives a good picture of the landscape.    We have busking festivals here also and one that's not too far from me.  I'll definitely look into that.  Your video looks so chilled out and relaxed.  I like it.
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: Alex6strings on September 07, 2020, 09:50:59 pm
Subway busking and money rolling in. Heck she even has
a performer's permit.





That was captivating!  Right at the end reminded me of Lindsay Buckingham playing Big Love.   I'd stand and watch her for sure!
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: Alex6strings on September 07, 2020, 09:57:54 pm
I may have helped by planting a seed, I'm sure others chimed in as well, but all credit goes to you. You can really play guitar, my friend!

The greatest inspiration that I can bring to the table is for people to observe an opinionated old croaky voiced dude with cigar fingers tossing his tracks fearlessly out there into the wild -- they in turn should be inspired by the fact that they can certainly do no worse. Most folks can probably top a 28 subscriber youtube channel in less than the two years it has taken me! I'm not bitter nor do I take myself too seriously.

Busking also reminds me of our local Mexican restaurants (I love Mexican food, culture, people, everything) with the table side mariachi players. I'm there having margaritas with friends/family and here comes trumpets, shouting vocals (AhhHaa!!), and Oom-pah-pah rhythms. We can't carry on a conversation now, and you just interrupted us for a song request and follow-on tip. There's a time and place for everything. Yeah, there's got to be a better way to play out in the wild than busking.

Thanks Clint.  I'm with you on Mexican food culture etc!   I can just see the look on your face trying to have a conversation and some little Mexican sticks his trumpet in your face.   >:(  They sure get into their music!
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You have 28 subs, I have 20.. lol we're killing it!   Like and subscribe!  ;)   
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Thanks for your motivation words mate!
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: stuartw on September 07, 2020, 11:21:42 pm

You have 28 subs, I have 20.. lol we're killing it!   Like and subscribe!  ;)   

What does that mean?
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: Alex6strings on September 08, 2020, 04:10:29 am
Haven't done any busking yet being relatively new at guitar but its in the
back of my mind.
I keep telling my better half if my retirement funds cease I can go into town down to the street corner with my hat in front of me and pick and strum for potential handouts.
I might do Karaoke if the virus ever quits. Got a few songs I can do without sheet music in front of me.
Thanks for bringing it up and all the comments thus far.

Cheers Woodsy, sounds like a good idea getting some Karaoke time in!   Lets hope the retirement funds hold fast but I like your idea!   
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: Alex6strings on September 08, 2020, 04:12:01 am
What does that mean?

Just a joke about how many subscribers we have on our youtube channels. 
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: sairfingers on September 08, 2020, 09:24:07 am
I could probably boost my pension fund. People would pay me to stop and go elsewhere!😃

At least buskers (however bad and annoying) are doing something in the hope of getting some money.

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Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: woodsy on September 08, 2020, 09:54:21 am
There are a lot of talented buskers out there .
I got to watching some recently on youtube since Alex started this thread.
Looks like a good way to get some audience practice and also the potential
to get picked up by a music producer if you have what it takes.
Some of these buskers have millions of views and are amazing.
And now my wife wants me to learn to play Perfect by Ed Sheeran because she
watched some buskers on youtube doing it up.
Like I needed another song to learn right now.
And Justin has the lesson at my fingertips.
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: DarrellW on September 08, 2020, 11:12:23 am
Some great buskers outta there, I’ve actually seen these guys and strangely enough didn’t realise they were using Blackstar gear at the time 🙄


Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: Alex6strings on September 08, 2020, 09:25:52 pm
There are a lot of talented buskers out there .
I got to watching some recently on youtube since Alex started this thread.
Looks like a good way to get some audience practice and also the potential
to get picked up by a music producer if you have what it takes.
Some of these buskers have millions of views and are amazing.
And now my wife wants me to learn to play Perfect by Ed Sheeran because she
watched some buskers on youtube doing it up.
Like I needed another song to learn right now.
And Justin has the lesson at my fingertips.

It's incredible the talent out there.  I follow a young Irish girl on youtube called Allie Sherlock.  She's incredible.  She does Perfect by Ed Sheeran, it think it's got 13mil views or something crazy.  You know what they say Woodsy, happy wife happy life! 8)

Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: Alex6strings on September 08, 2020, 09:30:04 pm
Some great buskers outta there, I’ve actually seen these guys and strangely enough didn’t realise they were using Blackstar gear at the time 🙄

They're awesome!   Love it.
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: phx1973 on September 10, 2020, 03:00:33 am
Great idea for a thread, Alex. And some great advice, just as you would expect in this community. I played and sang at a family party last year, and that was the closest I’ve come to a public performance. Would love the idea of playing a farmers market or maybe even an open mic but now am content iust working out my own stuff. Love Maggie’s advice of maybe just playing in your own patio — baby steps. But if you do, be sure to record it. Lol


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Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: LievenDV on September 10, 2020, 11:01:13 am
thanks for sharing your story and the impact of your mental state and attitude towards playing for an audience or being around people in general.

You are far beyond the point "good enough for busking" so you're solid there :)
So waste no time on doubting that.

You can still busk and pull up your "security" around you.
In a physical fashion, you can lay out your guitar case and loose gear around you, creating a physical border. Pick a tactical spot where you have a corner or shield one side, it will help you feel safer in your first efforts?

The mental fashion: When I busk, I try to engage people; easier songs, very recognizeable, popular songs, simple beats and lyrics so i'm able to put up a little show :)
I just want to be on stage and people to enjoy whatever I do. We couldn't be more different :)

..But I also do songs where I use my emotion to make it more sincere, better quality; a more moving, part. I I only see, feel, hear myself, my guitar, my microphone, I focus on the song and how it makes me feel to convey it to the audience. Screw the audience at that point really :) 1 guy just standing there? 20 people looking? just a crowd passing by in a street? nothing matters at that point. it's just me and feeling that song. This kind of zone could be your safe place to share your skills and entertaintment with the people while to can dose your amout of "outbound" as you like.

I admire your courage and even though I long for the stage, it's still a little frightning every time. That's ok, it means that you take it seriously ;)

I simply asked a permit in my town for a psot to play so I was comfortable knowing nobody or no cop would be able to bother me. That's also one of the things you can do to create that "safe spot".


Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: woodsy on September 10, 2020, 04:17:41 pm
It's incredible the talent out there.  I follow a young Irish girl on youtube called Allie Sherlock.  She's incredible.  She does Perfect by Ed Sheeran, it think it's got 13mil views or something crazy.  You know what they say Woodsy, happy wife happy life! 8)
Right. Yeah, I saw Allie singing Perfect, beautiful voice. Shes right up there with Adele and also Selena who sings for Justin some in his lessons.
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: Alex6strings on September 13, 2020, 01:49:26 pm
@LievenDV thank you Lieven , I really appreciate your thoughts on this subject.  It's interesting to read your experiences and the fact that you still get nerves!  You've given me more to think about, thank you.  I like the barrier idea, i actually thought of a disguise but quickly dismissed it.    I'm playing head games with myself at the moment.  One day i'm fairly positive, the next i'm totally off the idea.  I'll come around, everyone here have been great in getting me thinking differently.   Thanks again Lieven and cheers for the compliment on my playing too.
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@phx1973  thanks Tosh.   Do you have the urge to perform?   Or are you happy playing for yourself and maybe family? 
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: marcusmarkmus on September 13, 2020, 03:29:08 pm
Much have been said already, but here is even more encouragememt  8) :
Like mentioned, you are actually already taking steps outside your comfortzone by planning this and writing here and everything! That is awesome!

I've both played several open mic nights and been busking in a couple different contries, and if I were you I'd maybe try an open mic first, for these reasons (from my experience at least):

In most cases weekly/monthly open mic night arrangements are very happy to see more people show up to play to keep it alive/going. They will probably be very nice and helpful, especially if you mention it's your first time and they will help you get your guitar plugged in right etc.

There will most likely be alot of people there just like you - kind of nervous, but wanting to play, some planning to play, someone just watching for now. This makes for a supporting atmosphere which is very nice for everyone involved. Maybe you will help someone take the leap and play a song next time?  :D

It never rains indoor, and the temperature is usually comfortable.

It has a clear start and end. You start, play one or three songs, and you are done.

(But if busking is more appealing to you, do that! :) Or why not just try both?)

Now, some general thoughts:

No matter what you choose and how it goes, you will not fail.
No matter what happens, you will grow as a person.
No matter what happens, if your intent is to create art for others to enjoy at the best of your abillities, and also forcing yourself far outside your comfort zone while doing so, you are a godamn hero dude, and stronger than most.

Feel free to contact me if you have any specific questions regarding anything about playing live, I'll be happy to help.  :)
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: DavidP on September 13, 2020, 03:40:54 pm
Wonderful encouraging post, Marcus, vibes to you ...
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: Alex6strings on September 13, 2020, 05:29:18 pm
@marcusmarkmus thanks Marcus for such a thoughtful post!  Most of what you said, actually all of what you said i needed to hear.     
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I guess anyone can answer this one as to their experience but are there many instrumentalists that play at open mics?   I really appreciate the offer Marcus thankyou.     I should have mentioned in my op that i have played in bands when i was young.  However now, the type of music  i play, the fact that it's solo and the fact that i'm not the same person i was when i was 20, makes this very different.    cheers Mate
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: close2u on September 13, 2020, 07:39:34 pm
Wonderful, wise, positive and kind words frmo Marcus.
Nice one my friend - good vibes for sure.
:)

... are there many instrumentalists that play at open mics?  ...

It can depend on the flavour of the night.
I have attended some that historically arose from the folk club scene, that adapted to stay alive and continue to attract people. These still have some echoes of the folk club about them and instrumentals / tunes / non-vocal performances are heartily welcomed.
Some are more an evening of people of mixed ages and backgrounds and tastes, perhaps more towards the middle-aged to older and retired, who like to sing and play the back catalogue of pop & rock greats -Elvis, Beatles, Fleetwood Mac etc. Anything goes really and all is heartily welcomed.
Others still are eclectic and throw up unexpected and pleasantly surprising mix of music that comes from multiple genres. All is  heartily welcomed.
I have not encountered any that set themselves up as something narrowly focussed and not open to any other type of music or performance.
So in terms of playing solo arrangement fingerstyle guitar pieces you would be welcome at pretty much all  I reckon.
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: Alex6strings on September 13, 2020, 10:37:39 pm
Wonderful, wise, positive and kind words frmo Marcus.
Nice one my friend - good vibes for sure.
:)

It can depend on the flavour of the night.
I have attended some that historically arose from the folk club scene, that adapted to stay alive and continue to attract people. These still have some echoes of the folk club about them and instrumentals / tunes / non-vocal performances are heartily welcomed.
Some are more an evening of people of mixed ages and backgrounds and tastes, perhaps more towards the middle-aged to older and retired, who like to sing and play the back catalogue of pop & rock greats -Elvis, Beatles, Fleetwood Mac etc. Anything goes really and all is heartily welcomed.
Others still are eclectic and throw up unexpected and pleasantly surprising mix of music that comes from multiple genres. All is  heartily welcomed.
I have not encountered any that set themselves up as something narrowly focussed and not open to any other type of music or performance.
So in terms of playing solo arrangement fingerstyle guitar pieces you would be welcome at pretty much all  I reckon.

Thanks Richard.  I guess playing arrangements of pop songs rather than instrumentals written for guitar would probably be the way to go to start with.  Something recognizable.
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: batwoman on September 14, 2020, 12:40:21 am
Excellent advise from Marcus. I've sent you a pm with a link to Open Mics in your part of the world.

From my limited experience, a well chosen OM is a great way to share your music with others. I belong to an Acoustics Club. It was a perfect start. The audience is warm, welcoming, supportive and they want players to succeed. They make a point of encouraging newbies. Many of them made their start there.  I was well looked after by the sound guy and the MC.

Marcus makes a good point when he talks about having a controlled and predictable environment. It made all the difference for me to know the venue and to know some of the folk there.
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: Alex6strings on September 14, 2020, 02:12:03 am
Excellent advise from Marcus. I've sent you a pm with a link to Open Mics in your part of the world.

From my limited experience, a well chosen OM is a great way to share your music with others. I belong to an Acoustics Club. It was a perfect start. The audience is warm, welcoming, supportive and they want players to succeed. They make a point of encouraging newbies. Many of them made their start there.  I was well looked after by the sound guy and the MC.

Marcus makes a good point when he talks about having a controlled and predictable environment. It made all the difference for me to know the venue and to know some of the folk there.

Thanks BW...  8)   It's times like these I remember I live in regional Australia, and the nearest open mic may be a couple of hours away.    I just want to go to one now to check one out.   
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Yeah it was a great post by Marcus and it's given me another burst of positive energy!  Vibes for all
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: J.W.C. on September 14, 2020, 03:32:22 am
My advice on open mics is to get to know the guy or gal running it. The biggest issue with open mics (IME) tends to be the highly variable sound quality, and if you get to know the organizer you can get some additional consideration. Of course, the best way to do that is just to dive in and start participating...
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: Alex6strings on September 14, 2020, 03:58:32 am
Hi Alex
I know nothing about mental health. I’m neither an introvert nor an extrovert, I’m Mr Average somewhere in the middle.....
Mr Average in this context is a good thing Gordon.  But I'm sure I'm not alone in thinking that you're well above average in a musical context and as a person. 
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Maybe instead of Mr Average, it should be,'Even Stevens'  I'm pretty sure that's what they call it.  By they, I mean a Seinfeld episode.
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It wasn't this post but further down the page I think you made a comment that if you were busking you'd make money cause people would pay you to stop, hence making it a fiscally sound career stream into retirement.  >:( I think not. I know not. No-one is paying you to stop.   Having said that, it wouldn't be all bad if the money was right.   I'd take their money and stop if that's what they wanted.   My theory is that music to 50% of humans is noise that makes them tap their feet.   To the next 25% it's melody and rhythm.   To the rest of us, it's everything!  8) 
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: pkboo3 on September 19, 2020, 11:26:15 pm
Hey Alex!   I’ve read all the comments above and think there are some terrific comments & advice. Some things many of use can take to heart.

This made me think of the other day, I was playing my Set List on my back porch. I had been out there maybe 15 minutes then headed inside. I turned around and saw my neighbor step outside his door. I wondered if he was wondering what the racket was, or if he was wondering who was outside playing/singing; or if he simply had stepped out for a moment. Hehe!  But anyway, I wish you the best in your endeavors. I hope you tell your friend yes about playing at the soup kitchen. You can do it!  You have the talent, passion and desire.


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Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: Alex6strings on September 19, 2020, 11:49:00 pm
Hey Alex!   I’ve read all the comments above and think there are some terrific comments & advice. Some things many of use can take to heart.

This made me think of the other day, I was playing my Set List on my back porch. I had been out there maybe 15 minutes then headed inside. I turned around and saw my neighbor step outside his door. I wondered if he was wondering what the racket was, or if he was wondering who was outside playing/singing; or if he simply had stepped out for a moment. Hehe!  But anyway, I wish you the best in your endeavors. I hope you tell your friend yes about playing at the soup kitchen. You can do it!  You have the talent, passion and desire.


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I'd say he was wondering where the delightful music was coming from!   We are a funny bunch us guitar players...'don't listen to me, listen to me, don't watch me, watch me...' lol   
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You're so right, the comments on this thread have been so supportive and encouraging and education.  I'm truly thankful for that.  Thanks for your thoughts!   and keep playing out on the porch...if you do, i will.. 8)
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: phx1973 on September 20, 2020, 12:01:14 am
keep playing out on the porch...if you do, i will.. 8)

Now that’s a challenge I can get on board with!

Tosh


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Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: Alex6strings on September 20, 2020, 01:08:14 am
Now that’s a challenge I can get on board with!

Tosh


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You're on!
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: pkboo3 on September 20, 2020, 02:44:00 pm
Me too!  I take you both up on that challenge!


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Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: Alex6strings on September 20, 2020, 11:47:23 pm
Me too!  I take you both up on that challenge!


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Wednesday it is then!  lol
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: pkboo3 on September 23, 2020, 08:07:10 pm
Hey!  Just wanted to tell you, I got out on my porch today. I played snippets of three songs on my Set List. I recorded myself.  Of course, it was a total flop. But interesting to watch back and critique myself. Next time, I will practice before hand, be more prepared and not just a total impromptu event. It was rushed setting things up, it was cold & windy outside, lots of wind noise & dog barking, forgetting lyrics, chords; anyway, still good for practice & trying for improvement in performing. Just wanted to say thanks for the inspiration.


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Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: Alex6strings on September 24, 2020, 07:16:18 am
Hey!  Just wanted to tell you, I got out on my porch today. I played snippets of three songs on my Set List. I recorded myself.  Of course, it was a total flop. But interesting to watch back and critique myself. Next time, I will practice before hand, be more prepared and not just a total impromptu event. It was rushed setting things up, it was cold & windy outside, lots of wind noise & dog barking, forgetting lyrics, chords; anyway, still good for practice & trying for improvement in performing. Just wanted to say thanks for the inspiration.


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Hey that's awesome, I'm so glad you did this.  Thank you for making my day!
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: phx1973 on September 26, 2020, 03:29:34 am
Hey that's awesome, I'm so glad you did this.  Thank you for making my day!
I played and sang a bit on the back porch this afternoon too. Of course, in the back the chances of getting any random viewers are slim to none. Lol. Baby steps, right? Front porch next week...maybe.


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Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: DavidP on September 26, 2020, 07:55:13 am
Yeah me too ... yesterday afternoon on the bench on the patio (as we call it), with music stand so I can play and sing more than the handful of songs that I know all the lyrics from memory. No idea if the neighbours could hear or not.

Here we all are ... overcoming our performance anxiety one step at a time ... playing on the porch, playing for the camera ... living the dream.
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: close2u on September 26, 2020, 08:11:56 am
You guys are amazing.
:)
The Porch Performers.
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: RC23 on September 26, 2020, 08:55:38 am
This is really cool.

I don’t  have a porch but I’ve been known to sit on the balcony, which faces the street, with the acoustic  No singing though!


Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: Alex6strings on September 26, 2020, 10:39:49 am
This is so cool, I'm so happy to see you all out there jaming Pam, Tosh, Rod, David.  It's inspiring.  I've had a few little 30 minute balcony strums.. which I have to say I don't think there's any chance of anyone hearing me play apart from maybe my downstairs neighbor.s, who are a lovely elderly couple. I  have no neighbor's on the same floor as me and I'm top floor so i'm pretty lucky there.  I feel quite comfortable out there so far..!   

@Tosh omg we have a band going.   Porch colab? lol   Tosh that's awesome mate, with your playing and voice i'm sure if anyone heard that would be impressed. 
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@close2u I know Richard how good are they, definitely inspiring for me to get out there more.    I'm definitely going to have to sort out camera issues (my friend has a good camera i might use)  and do a video from my balcony soon. 
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@DavidP hey brother your patio jam sounds cool..   I bet you got a buzz out of it!  so great.. 8)
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every gets a vibeing.
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: phx1973 on September 26, 2020, 10:17:15 pm

@Tosh omg we have a band going.   Porch colab? lol   Tosh that's awesome mate, with your playing and voice i'm sure if anyone heard that would be impressed. 


Porch collab. Let’s do it! I’m in!


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Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: Alex6strings on September 26, 2020, 11:58:25 pm
Inspired by all the recent porch and patio jammers in this thread I decided, on such a beautiful spring morning... to rock the balcony/deck.   Couple of pics to prove it, or it never happened!  lol


(https://i.imgur.com/P61Q25m.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/G3rN1aZ.jpg)

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Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: batwoman on September 27, 2020, 01:15:41 am
Love your progression Alex the Brave. I love the top photo, you and your guitar are so blended. You could make copies of this one for your fans who gather to hear you.

I've been so encouraged by your porch/deck/veranda/balcony jammers I took myself to the beach this morning and played a bit. One woman said 'beautiful' as she walked by and I held the attention of a 5yo for about 5 minutes. My legs shook uncontrollably so I had to cross them, and my mouth turned to paper. Some of our borders are open and restrictions are easing, so I'm aiming for my second Open Mic end of October. This was to help me get over myself.

Alex I hope it's OK to post here in this thread.  Delete it if it's wrong.
(http://i.imgur.com/OrF4xeo.jpg) (https://imgur.com/OrF4xeo)
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: Alex6strings on September 27, 2020, 02:04:56 am
Love your progression Alex the Brave. I love the top photo, you and your guitar are so blended. You could make copies of this one for your fans who gather to hear you.

I've been so encouraged by your porch/deck/veranda/balcony jammers I took myself to the beach this morning and played a bit. One woman said 'beautiful' as she walked by and I held the attention of a 5yo for about 5 minutes. My legs shook uncontrollably so I had to cross them, and my mouth turned to paper. Some of our borders are open and restrictions are easing, so I'm aiming for my second Open Mic end of October. This was to help me get over myself.

Alex I hope it's OK to post here in this thread.  Delete it if it's wrong.

This is awesome to post here Maggie!  and what a great pic... so good to see you again!  I love it.   It makes me feel better that i'm not the only one who shakes with nerves!  ;)  Hmm i'd love to make it up for that open mic!   
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Your beach jam kinda puts my secluded balcony jam to shame but I'm inspired to maybe do the same soon.    Considering i can walk and carry my guitar 100m and i'm on the beach it's hard to make excuses why that wouldn't be a good idea.    Thanks so much for sharing this Maggie!
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: TonyP on September 27, 2020, 02:18:08 am
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Inspired by all the recent porch and patio jammers in this thread I decided, on such a beautiful spring morning... to rock the balcony/deck.

Looks the perfect day to play outside. Summer's over in the UK...very dismal outside.

Am feeling rather envious!! :)
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: TonyP on September 27, 2020, 02:21:27 am
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I took myself to the beach this morning and played a bit.

So great to see your smiley face Maggie. :)

I've always thought a lovely day at the beach is to find one that's quiet & read a book under a shady tree, listening to that ever peaceful, relaxing sound of the waves rolling in...nothing like it.

Now, I can imagine doing that with a guitar instead of, or as well as, a book. Absolutely cool. :)

Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: batwoman on September 27, 2020, 02:23:37 am
This is awesome to post here Maggie!  and what a great pic... so good to see you again!  I love it.   It makes me feel better that i'm not the only one who shakes with nerves!  ;)  Hmm i'd love to make it up for that open mic!   
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Your beach jam kinda puts my secluded balcony jam to shame but I'm inspired to maybe do the same soon.    Considering i can walk and carry my guitar 100m and i'm on the beach it's hard to make excuses why that wouldn't be a good idea.    Thanks so much for sharing this Maggie!

Your balcony gig? No shame at all Alex. Beach? OK Alex that's your next photo. Lucky people.

Next OM is October 25. It's an ideal environment for a first time. They want you to succeed. Many of our club members who are now semi pro made their start here.
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: batwoman on September 27, 2020, 02:25:38 am
So great to see your smiley face Maggie. :)

I've always thought a lovely day at the beach is to find one that's quiet & read a book under a shady tree, listening to that ever peaceful, relaxing sound of the waves rolling in...nothing like it.

Now, I can imagine doing that with a guitar instead of, or as well as, a book. Absolutely cool. :)

Thanks Tony, I'm so very fortunate to live where I do.
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: phx1973 on September 27, 2020, 03:06:16 am
I feel like this porch/ patio movement is taking on a life of its own . Good job Maggie and way to get beach kudos! Great see Cedar again!


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Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: batwoman on September 27, 2020, 03:58:20 am
I feel like this porch/ patio movement is taking on a life of its own . Good job Maggie and way to get beach kudos! Great see Cedar again!

Yeah I've been encouraged by you guys Tosh. What a memory you have. The guitar isn't my Cedar Clear Sky Ocean Deep, it's my first guitar a Crafter. Cedar is with Doc Pete the luthier having her annual health check. His face lit up when he played her and his comment was 'There's lots more tone and life here.'
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: Alex6strings on September 27, 2020, 04:08:17 am
Looks the perfect day to play outside. Summer's over in the UK...very dismal outside.

Am feeling rather envious!! :)

Hmm the long winter approaches huh?  It's so beautiful here at the moment! 
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: Alex6strings on September 27, 2020, 04:09:50 am
I feel like this porch/ patio movement is taking on a life of its own . Good job Maggie and way to get beach kudos! Great see Cedar again!


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Isnt it!   And that of guitar of Maggies.. wow!
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: DavidP on September 27, 2020, 06:32:34 am
Bravo Maggie, tip that hat to you for getting out there. Thanks for sharing your picture.

And you too, Alex, for sharing those pictures.

It's all happening ...
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: sairfingers on September 27, 2020, 09:00:56 am
Encouraged and inspired by your outdoor pics I decided to have my morning coffee out on the patio. Not a breath of wind, clear blue sky...but at 9am in South West Scotland...1degC! Won’t be taking my guitar outside anytime soon!
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: Alex6strings on September 27, 2020, 09:32:10 am
Encouraged and inspired by your outdoor pics I decided to have my morning coffee out on the patio. Not a breath of wind, clear blue sky...but at 9am in South West Scotland...1degC! Won’t be taking my guitar outside anytime soon!

Good plan Gordon! I think it's best when you can actually feel your fingers to play guitar... 8)
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: close2u on September 27, 2020, 09:34:33 am
Great pics Alex and Maggie. Taking it to the sun and sky!

@Alex
I notice bare feet.
You need to get yourself to a shoe shop man! ;)
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: Alex6strings on September 27, 2020, 09:48:55 am
Great pics Alex and Maggie. Taking it to the sun and sky!

@Alex
I notice bare feet.
You need to get yourself to a shoe shop man! ;)

🤣  Shoes were a bit smelly..🤣
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: Majik on September 27, 2020, 09:53:50 am
It's a little warmer than Scotland here in Berkshire at 8 degrees Celsius, but quite windy and the weather service says "feels like 4 degrees".

I decided to have my morning coffee inside and won't be going out with my guitar any time soon.

It's definitely too cold for people to be sitting outside wearing thongs!

Cheers,

Keith

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Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: Alex6strings on September 27, 2020, 10:04:22 am
It's a little warmer than Scotland here in Berkshire at 8 degrees Celsius, but quite windy and the weather service says "feels like 4 degrees".

I decided to have my morning coffee inside and won't be going out with my guitar any time soon.

It's definitely too cold for people to be sitting outside wearing thongs!

Cheers,

Keith

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🤣  cant type laughing.
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: J.W.C. on September 27, 2020, 10:11:57 am
The humorous potential of "thongs" cannot be understated. :)

On a related note, do Aussies call these "bum bags" or "fanny packs" or something else? ("Fanny pack" is the common term in the U.S., but I know it has a different -- and amusing -- connotation for people across the pond...)

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Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: sairfingers on September 27, 2020, 10:28:51 am
If you were to comment on a girl’s fanny pack over here you’d get a severe slap on the face! 😂
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: Alex6strings on September 27, 2020, 10:36:49 am
@J.W.C.   what you got right there is a bum bag J.W.C.  ;D    Your fanny = our bum.  Your pack = our bag. 🤣   
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: Alex6strings on September 27, 2020, 10:38:10 am
If you were to comment on a girl’s fanny pack over here you’d get a severe slap on the face! 😂

At the least!!!!!!🤣
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: Majik on September 27, 2020, 11:55:14 am
The humorous potential of "thongs" cannot be understated. :)

Indeed!

And, as a guitarist, I definitely don't want my G-string to be exposed to the winter elements.

Cheers,

Keith
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: TonyP on September 27, 2020, 12:34:37 pm
I remember watching an old B&W John Wayne western & he said something along the lines of 'do that again & I'll knock you right on your fanny'. Not knowing what the Americans call it, I almost fell off my chair...I mean, saying that in the 1940s or '50s or whenever it was!!!

As they say, the UK & US...2 countries separated by the same language!!! :)
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: DavidP on September 27, 2020, 02:45:17 pm
As they say, the UK & US...2 countries separated by the same language!!! :)

Recently finished a book about writing, English language and the author was quite explicit...two countries, now two languages...irrespective of the roots  ;D
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: TonyP on September 27, 2020, 03:39:38 pm
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Recently finished a book about writing, English language and the author was quite explicit...two countries, now two languages...irrespective of the roots 

Indeed! Fortunately, we do understand each other. There are different spellings & pronunciations of course & American English has words that the British no longer use - the word 'gotten' is one example. It sounded wrong to me when I first heard it but it's not, it's just no longer used by us Brits.
All English speaking countries have their own ways of saying things - Jamaica speaks English but when they use their own patois, it's barely recognisable. Mind you, even here in England, when you hear the real Yorkshire or Geordie accent, it sounds like a different language, with very Scandanavian roots.

They've even placed the origins of certain US accents to parts of Britain - the southern accent is from the Scots/Irish & the NY accent apparently from East Anglia - that's Norfolk & Suffolk in England.

I've got a book packed away somewhere on the history of the English language. I watched the documentary series years ago, was very interesting...if you like that kind of thing of course!! :)

Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: Alex6strings on September 27, 2020, 10:53:50 pm
I think Australia is kinda like the love child of the UK and the USA.    We seem to be 33% English 33% American and 33% bogan!
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: TonyP on September 28, 2020, 07:33:29 am
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We seem to be 33% English 33% American and 33% bogan!

Good job I sold my old Commodore to a scrap merchant & that my moccasins wore out!! Still wear flannelette shirts, but!! Never had a mullet either! :)
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: close2u on September 28, 2020, 07:36:07 am
  ... We seem to be 33% English 33% American and 33% bogan!
What about the other 1% ?
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: TonyP on September 28, 2020, 07:37:53 am
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What about the other 1% ?

We don't talk about those!! :)
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: Alex6strings on September 29, 2020, 05:24:39 am
What about the other 1% ?

guitar hero!
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: phx1973 on October 01, 2020, 02:05:48 am
Ahh man! Here I was thinking Saturday would be my Busking debut at our local farmers market. I’ve seen others out there doing the same in the past. Looks like more isolation playing for me


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Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: Alex6strings on October 01, 2020, 04:26:24 am
Ahh man! Here I was thinking Saturday would be my Busking debut at our local farmers market. I’ve seen others out there doing the same in the past. Looks like more isolation playing for me


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So no go do you think Tosh?   I would have loved to have see footage of that dude.   Awesome that you've contacted them ,  that's a huge step.    I don't know , reading it it seems like busking is still happening just under pretty strict rules.. maybe I missed something.     Awesome JC cover again mate.
 
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: Alex6strings on October 01, 2020, 04:38:09 am
Wednesday thoughts..
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I'm pretty sure most of you who have submitted a 1TW recording this week read this thread so rather than start a new one I thought I'd just leaves some thoughts here. 
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Thank you everyone, I'm not gonna mention names because I mean everyone!   Not only the guys who have so awesomely joined in on some Wednesday fun but everyone who has supported me and everyone else here in this thread and in the AVOYP section.    It's actually exciting for me to listen to everyones music on the forum regardless of how long you've played or how good your gear is or how many videos you've made.  I'm a complete novice at this recording and sharing and I learn from everyone.   I hope in some ways I can give back with my playing cause that's all i know really.   
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I also wanted to invite everyone and anyone to join in whether it be just for one 'celebrity' appearance  or regularly.   This all just fun and I think for me beneficial too, but certainly no pressure for anyone involved.   If it's not Wednesday but you recorded a live 1 take and want to be involved just put 1-take wed in the subject and waaamo!  there's no rules on when and where you do it.   It's always Wednesday somewhere in the world.... ::)     
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cheers!  and keep on picking!
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: phx1973 on October 01, 2020, 01:15:28 pm
So no go do you think Tosh?   I would have loved to have see footage of that dude.   Awesome that you've contacted them ,  that's a huge step.    I don't know , reading it it seems like busking is still happening just under pretty strict rules.. maybe I missed something.     Awesome JC cover again mate.
So no go do you think Tosh?   I would have loved to have see footage of that dude.   Awesome that you've contacted them ,  that's a huge step.    I don't know , reading it it seems like busking is still happening just under pretty strict rules.. maybe I missed something.     Awesome JC cover again mate.
Yeah I think it’s a no-go. The way I’m reading that is the part on the bottom is their general busking policy, whereas the top section is saying it’s not currently allowed due to Covid restrictions. Not very well stated or clear, I agree. My family and I often go to the market on Saturday mornings and I’ve seen other buskers in the past. Always had it in the back of my mind. Al good though. Now I have a goal after things open up again...fingers crossed!


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Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: Alex6strings on October 01, 2020, 11:19:53 pm
Yeah I think it’s a no-go. The way I’m reading that is the part on the bottom is their general busking policy, whereas the top section is saying it’s not currently allowed due to Covid restrictions. Not very well stated or clear, I agree. My family and I often go to the market on Saturday mornings and I’ve seen other buskers in the past. Always had it in the back of my mind. Al good though. Now I have a goal after things open up again...fingers crossed!


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Right yep I actually didn't see that bit.  Shucks.    Hey I really took inspiration from you standing up in this video because i'm a sit down player. How did it feel?  Do you practice that?  I can play standing up but I havent for a while.  This vid just popped up on my feed, thought you might not have seen it and anyone else stuck sitting like me... so good from Justin.






Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: close2u on October 02, 2020, 12:18:55 am
Alex - your post just up there ... on Wednesday thoughts ... terrific :) vibes
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: Alex6strings on October 02, 2020, 12:25:27 am
Alex - your post just up there ... on Wednesday thoughts ... terrific :) vibes

Thanks Richard.  Back at you!   8)
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: phx1973 on October 02, 2020, 01:02:18 am
Well, I had two things going for me that made standing up pretty easy. And Justin discussed both in the video. (1) comfortable, wider strap and (2) proper strap height. I had seen a video elsewhere too that talked, like Justin, about having the height so that the guitar is about the same height whether you're standing up or sitting.

Not the long ago I tried doing this only for a few minutes and had an awful nech ache the next day. So I feel like things are going in the right direction. Definitely want to do more of this!

Right yep I actually didn't see that bit.  Shucks.    Hey I really took inspiration from you standing up in this video because i'm a sit down player. How did it feel?  Do you practice that?  I can play standing up but I havent for a while.  This vid just popped up on my feed, thought you might not have seen it and anyone else stuck sitting like me... so good from Justin.




Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: Alex6strings on October 02, 2020, 01:03:24 am
Well, I had two things going for me that made standing up pretty easy. And Justin discussed both in the video. (1) comfortable, wider strap and (2) proper strap height. I had seen a video elsewhere too that talked, like Justin, about having the height so that the guitar is about the same height whether you're standing up or sitting.

Not the long ago I tried doing this only for a few minutes and had an awful nech ache the next day. So I feel like things are going in the right direction. Definitely want to do more of this!

You did look comfortable so it's surprising you're all over it. 
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: DavidP on October 03, 2020, 01:07:36 pm
This seems to be the place to talk about what we are doing.  So at risk of somewhat shamelessly promoting my own posting  :o

Inspired by #1TakeWed, I have just posted up a pseudo Open Mic video over in the Live Performances area.  I can't lie, I am not sure if that area receives as many visits as the usual AVOYP area, and of course having made the recording, like any "performer", I am hoping a few folk will take a look and offer some feedback  ;)
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: Twin Six on October 03, 2020, 11:26:39 pm
I busked playing sitar in the summer of '93 on a playground-of-the-rich resort town. I had a day job and busked in the evening. It required a police permit, which was free, and I was assigned a spot. It happened to be a lonely street corner across from an upscale al fresco restaurant. One night, an Indian gent & his missus came over as they were leaving the restaurant. He told me how wonderful it was for him to hear Indian music played properly, and put a $20 in my case. That was a wonderfully affirming moment.

There's nothing like an appreciative audience to bring you out of your shell.
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: Alex6strings on October 04, 2020, 12:44:01 am
I busked playing sitar in the summer of '93 on a playground-of-the-rich resort town. I had a day job and busked in the evening. It required a police permit, which was free, and I was assigned a spot. It happened to be a lonely street corner across from an upscale al fresco restaurant. One night, and Indian gent & his missus came over as they were leaving the restaurant. He told me how wonderful it was for him to hear Indian music played properly, and put a $20 in my case. That was a wonderfully affirming moment.

There's nothing like an appreciative audience to bring you out of your shell.

What a great story Twin Six, and Sitar?  wow cool.   Thanks for posting this it's very cool and you're right, when what you do is really appreciate it's a gift!
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: Alex6strings on October 04, 2020, 12:47:37 am
This seems to be the place to talk about what we are doing.  So at risk of somewhat shamelessly promoting my own posting  :o

Inspired by #1TakeWed, I have just posted up a pseudo Open Mic video over in the Live Performances area.  I can't lie, I am not sure if that area receives as many visits as the usual AVOYP area, and of course having made the recording, like any "performer", I am hoping a few folk will take a look and offer some feedback  ;)

Always plug!   ;D And what a great way to spend a few minutes it is David.  Thoroughly enjoyable and like I said in my comment I wish I had your eloquence and way with words.   No wonder people love to watch you speak because even for a few minutes it makes my day!
Title: Re: calling all buskers
Post by: DavidP on October 04, 2020, 06:25:35 am
Always plug!   ;D And what a great way to spend a few minutes it is David.  Thoroughly enjoyable and like I said in my comment I wish I had your eloquence and way with words.   No wonder people love to watch you speak because even for a few minutes it makes my day!

Thanks Alex.

"Always plug" LOL ... but I think maybe it would be crossing a line to plug that posting in AVOYP, since it seems (though maybe less than 24 hours is too soon to tell) that quite a few regulars seem to miss postings on that Live area, rather than AVOYP  :o  And I need and appreciate all the encouragement I can get   ::)