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InOBU Any tips for a newbie street busker?? (77* d) RE: Any tips for a newbie street busker?? 10 Feb 11

Well... Kev McGrath and Poppagator are dead on...

On CDs... back to the tape cassette days, then CDs, most of my cash came from selling my recordings while I busked...

On standing... I play the Uillean pipes and a number of other instruments, I noticed, standing intsruments got more attention, as you are looking the audience in the eye... if the look down at you playing they do LOOK DOWN on you. So, I began carting around a high stool to play the pipes, and the earnings went up. Space is everything when it comes to how you are seen.

The only time I used a low chair after that, is when I would busk with my whole band...

As to the person who asked about can't you get gigs... ( long sigh and a shake of the head here...)

Of course many of us get or got gigs. I used to rehearse my band in the park busking, to tighten the performances, and see what worked close up with crowds... we even had a complete battery PA system for what was sometimes up to a nine piece band - even battery mixer so the ballence was great.

Why not get paid to practice, eh?

And more on gigs from busking, I would get a lot of gigs FROM busking... always carry cards...

Licences... never liked them, never got one. It is our world, not theirs... at least keep the open roads, waste grounds and public places free... there is no more powerful thought than freedom.

Philip Petite once said to me, "If busking were legal I would not do it." For those young folks who may not remember, he is the busking high wire walker, who walked beteen the World Trade Center towers, and was sentenced to busk in the streets of New York for a summer, proving that even some judges get it.

Baxt thai sastimos,

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