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Old 05-27-2009, 09:10 AM   #1
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Instrumental Busking songs

Hi guys i'm looking for songs for solo instrumental busking.

I'm fairly skilled and have a lot of time to practice.

So far my repertoire includes:

Angelina - Tommy Emanuel
Angeles - Elliot Smith
Ocean - John Butler (if i can be bothered retuning, rare)
Bouree in E Minor - Bach (I think?)
Fur Elise


Any suggestions would be much appreciated!
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Old 05-28-2009, 07:49 AM   #2
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^ its really tech, and most likely not that recognizable, but its awsome sounding.

or more classical songs.

i suppose it depends what your going for

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Old 05-28-2009, 01:59 PM   #3
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classical gas, tommy emmanuel

windy and warm, chet atkins

catchy and fun to listen to

and drifting, andy mckee
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Old 05-28-2009, 02:25 PM   #4
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I have been busking instrumentally for the past month or so. It has pretty much taken over my entire life! I actually quit my partially because of it.

Even though I don't really get any joy out of playing it anymore, 'Drifting' always gets a lot of attention and it's a loud tune so people don't have any trouble hearing me play it. Anything funky always seems to do well in public. I do Adam Rafferty's arrangement of 'Superstition' which always grabs people's attention, some even try to dance or sing along haha. 'Hit The Road Jack' arranged by Ulli Boegershausen is another great busking tune because everyone recognizes it.

One thing I will caution you about as far as fingerstyle busking goes, volume is always a concern. Unless you have a jumbo sized acoustic, you probably won't be heard when playing on busy sidewalks or anywhere with a lot of noise . I've resorted to playing at local parks because there are usually plenty of people walking by and it's quiet enough so that they can hear me. You may want to think of investing in a small portable amp.

I could list off thousands of tunes but here are a few of my favorites:

Don Ross - Afraid To Dance


Michael Hedges - Jitterboogie


Ulli Boegershausen - Mad World


Hiroshi Masuda - Something (Beatles tunes always do well busking)


Andy Mckee - Rylynn (A LOT of people recognize Andy's tunes)


Chet Atkins - Mr Sandman (Always a hit)



If you are looking for more suggestions, just give me a shout.
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Old 05-28-2009, 02:44 PM   #5
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Any ideas for your own stuff? I'll be honest, I haven't any experience in busking whatsoever, but I have heard that sometimes original stuff works better/may catch the ear for some people versus recognizable tunes. Just a little suggestion....
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Old 05-29-2009, 03:19 AM   #6
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thanks for all the suggestions, looking into them now =)
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