Busking

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  1. A2hok

    A2hok New Friend

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    Alrite, so I'm planning to go busking for the first time on Friday. Its gonna be just me doing solo trumpet (in Bb)... anybody have any advice and or ideas??
     
  2. MaynardTrumpet

    MaynardTrumpet Pianissimo User

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    Have fun, don't get nervous :p.
     
  3. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

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    I'd say, bring an umbrella.

    You made the decision to busk without us. How about YOU telling us what YOU have in mind!

    When playing outdoors, you need to not play loudly. It is annoying and your chops wear out more quickly! You should bring plenty of WATER to drink. Dehydration is no fun! Don't expect a lot. It takes time to build a decent reputation. Take a cap to cover your head in case the sun DOES shine.

    GOOD LUCK!
     
  4. jazz9

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    Sorry, have to ask. What exactly is busking?
     
  5. Mr. Stomvi

    Mr. Stomvi Pianissimo User

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    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


    Busking is the practice of performing in public places for tips and gratuities. People engaging in this practice are called buskers. Busking performances can be just about anything that people find entertaining. Buskers may do: acrobatics, animal tricks, balloon modelling, card tricks, clowning, comedy, contortions & escapes, dance, fire eating, fortune-telling, juggling, magic, mime and a mime variation where the artist performs as a living statue, musical performance, puppeteering, snake charming, storytelling or recite poetry or prose as a bard, street art (sketching and painting, etc.), street theatre, sword swallowing, or even present a flea circus.


    Busking is a British term used in many areas of the English-speaking world. Buskers are also called street performers or street musicians. The place where a busker performs is called their pitch. People busk for a variety of reasons, for money, for fun, for the attention they get, to socialize or meet people, for the love of their art, or to practice their skills or try out new material in front of an audience.

    Some buskers only work part time, while others make a living performing full time on the streets. Some buskers do professional entertainment gigs in addition to working the streets. Some people manage only pocket change from busking, while others can amass substantial incomes. A busker's income depends on many conditions including, the type and quality of the performance, the composition of the audience, the weather, the location and the time of day. Competition from other buskers can also play a role.
    Busking can be the bottom rung of the entertainment industry. Some of the most famous groups and superstars started their careers as buskers. Examples include Joan Baez, Roni Benise, The Blue Man Group, Pierce Brosnan, Jimmy Buffett, George Burns, Cirque du Soleil, Eric Clapton, Judy Collins, Bob Dylan, Stephane Grappelli, Bob Hope, Jewel, Steve Martin, Joni Mitchell, Jimmy Page, Dolly Parton, Penn & Teller, Gerry Rafferty, Carlos Santana, Simon and Garfunkel, Rod Stewart, Stomp, and Robin Williams. Many other buskers have also found fame and fortune.
     
  6. hubnub

    hubnub Piano User

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    Go easy on the seed change.....;-)
     
  7. cornetguy

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    I don't know about in the UK but here in the US check on any city regulations, permit requirements and other legal things before you start.
     
  8. lmf

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    Hi,

    Don't sing and play at same time or you may burst your eardrums. Just teasing!

    Have fun! You'd be surprised how many people enjoy "live" music when they mostly hear karaoke today.

    Best wishes,

    Lloyd
     
  9. mrmusicnotes

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    What a great way to have some fun and at the same time learn to play in front of an audience.Please tell us if your new to proforming for an audience? Have fun,good luck and let us know how it turned out
     
  10. tedh1951

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    When selecting your pitch try to consider the audience's needs too - are you in a busy passageway? then keep aside - if you can get your back to a hard barrier that is often a way to sound a bit bigger without playing loudly - get some sheltered spot so that you stay warm and comfortable too. Consider the local shopkeepers and their need to operate their businesses unimpeded - remember, the punters can move on, the businessmen and women can't - loud playing over an extended period can adversely effect your relationship with these folks. See if you can position yourself so that you attract an audience but also enhance the local commerce standing and listening to you (maybe someone can be encouraged to buy an ice cream or a coffee. Have a couple of alternative sites in mind just in case it somehow goes belly up. Good luck, have fun, play your best.
     

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