#1
Been playing classical guitar for years and finally got a nice cordoba fusion rosewood. This mofo is equipped with a fishman so I was thinkin' about busking in downtown, at parks, wherever. Seein' if any of you fine ladies and gents had any helpful advice, stories of personal experiences with doing that, and how you would approach it,

Thanks!
Last edited by Bob.Ego at May 12, 2011,
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Always remember to put a small bit of change into your guitar case to encourage more people to drop money in, but dont overdo it or they will think you're greedy and walk past you.
I like to place in a couple quarters, a few dimes and like 5 pennies, maybe a loonie or toonie ( thats a one dollar and two dollar coin respectively for those of the non-canadian persuasion ).
I have no idea how this works but ive busked enough to buy liquor to realize a pattern here.

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#3
Busk in Liverpool. Best night ihad was outside the adelphi hotel on the saturday of the grand national(a big horse race).Loads of irish lads about,wacked out trad irish stuff,made nearly 800 quid,free ale,and a night in the hotel bar! At weekend nights,wack out oasis for the scallies-love oasis,but after playing wonderwall for the20th time,i gotta run to bowie! good luck la!
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Busk in Liverpool. Best night ihad was outside the adelphi hotel on the saturday of the grand national(a big horse race).Loads of irish lads about,wacked out trad irish stuff,made nearly 800 quid,free ale,and a night in the hotel bar! At weekend nights,wack out oasis for the scallies-love oasis,but after playing wonderwall for the20th time,i gotta run to bowie! good luck la!

You're not that bloke I met busking on a train from London to Lime Street are you?
Actually called Mark!

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#5
Busking isn't rocket science.
You should keep in mind that you get more money if you play songs that people recognise and like, as opposed to playing intricate compositions that you improvise.
Putting some small change in your basket/guitar case/whatever may help, but last time I tried it didn't really matter that much.

Also, you may want to make sure that busking is allowed wherever you are. Some parks in my neighborhood don't allow it, for example.
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You're not that bloke I met busking on a train from London to Lime Street are you?

nOT ME MATE,THO HAVE BUSKED ON TRAIN TO MANCHESTER,AND IN MANCHESTER! WORRA MAD FEW DAYS. u a busker?
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Busk in Liverpool. Best night ihad was outside the adelphi hotel on the saturday of the grand national(a big horse race).Loads of irish lads about,wacked out trad irish stuff,made nearly 800 quid,free ale,and a night in the hotel bar! At weekend nights,wack out oasis for the scallies-love oasis,but after playing wonderwall for the20th time,i gotta run to bowie! good luck la!


oh the generosity of the irish
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nOT ME MATE,THO HAVE BUSKED ON TRAIN TO MANCHESTER,AND IN MANCHESTER! WORRA MAD FEW DAYS. u a busker?


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OT: Do it in a very public place. You don't want some chav to nick your guitar - other people can help you out if this sort of thing happens.
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Busk in Liverpool. Best night ihad was outside the adelphi hotel on the saturday of the grand national(a big horse race).Loads of irish lads about,wacked out trad irish stuff,made nearly 800 quid,free ale,and a night in the hotel bar! At weekend nights,wack out oasis for the scallies-love oasis,but after playing wonderwall for the20th time,i gotta run to bowie! good luck la!


Hell yeah! Jesus, that's a mint for one night. I'm hoping to learn some basic flamenco to start out with and throw down some covers.
Last edited by Bob.Ego at May 14, 2011,
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Busk in Liverpool. Best night ihad was outside the adelphi hotel on the saturday of the grand national(a big horse race).Loads of irish lads about,wacked out trad irish stuff,made nearly 800 quid,free ale,and a night in the hotel bar! At weekend nights,wack out oasis for the scallies-love oasis,but after playing wonderwall for the20th time,i gotta run to bowie! good luck la!

Jesus I feel tipsy just reading this.

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OT: Do it in a very public place. You don't want some chav to nick your guitar - other people can help you out if this sort of thing happens.

When first started buskin, used to get too drunk and got in a bit of bova. Now just av little bev(and a smoke!).Main thing is too keep ur eyes open-u can spot a nob hed a mile off,and show confidence-if ur meek and mild the arseholes will spot u. used to carry a screwdriver just in case(if got pulled wud say its for adjusting the gtr!) but found it made me more paranoid-jusdt carry me big gob now!ENJOY it!