Poll: ¿Have you ever busk?
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YES
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#1
I dont know if its called that way.

¿Have you ever shown your skills on the street and collect tips while doing it?
#4
I wouldn't mind trying. Seems like good money as well, I can't imagine getting less then $20 an hour.

Perhaps when I'm a better player.
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#5
no, but i always wanted to. i just can't pluck up the courage to busk and only get like 20 bucks.
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Although i guess the OP will have to get used to reading them if he's going to buy a bugera..
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along with fire escape routes...

#8
doesn't have to be instrumental so long as you can play and sing you should be fine. i reckon about 12-14 songs, just repeat material most people won't hang around and listen to all of your songs and won't walk past you while your playing a song they already heard (chances are pretty small in a reasonably populated area).
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Although i guess the OP will have to get used to reading them if he's going to buy a bugera..
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along with fire escape routes...

#9
There's a fellow in Sydney who busks with his electric guitar and he hooks it up to a portable amplifier.

He isn't very good though, but he's there quite often, strumming usually the same out of tune chords and looking at people.
#10
i remember seeing a video on youtube of a 13 year old kid who is busking after school to buy a PRS custon 24, he was pretty damn good to he made like 70 bucks an hour apparently.
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Although i guess the OP will have to get used to reading them if he's going to buy a bugera..
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along with fire escape routes...

#11
I have done it two times. Once when I was drunk and was dared to do it, and once when I was in town and didn't want to pay for lunch. During the former, It was too late to get a really good "audience" going, but I still made about 5 bucks in 15 minutes(ish). The second time, I made around 20 bucks in a little over an hour. It was on a really busy corner and I was the only busker around for a while.

If you want to do it, hang around outside coffee shops, fucking gold mine
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#12
Quote by aradine
i remember seeing a video on youtube of a 13 year old kid who is busking after school to buy a PRS custon 24, he was pretty damn good to he made like 70 bucks an hour apparently.


The kid already had a PRS and he made 70 POUNDS an hour, damn rich kid...
#13
I haven't, but I will with my band.

Some kid I know who is absolutely crap at guitar, made over $200 a day.
#14
Once i did sorta, basically my music teacher left early leaving me outside the closed music store.
I got $1.10, felt good about that...
#15
I played with a friend one time. We made 15 euros in an hour, not bad. That was 2 cool, free beers in the sun a piece.
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#16
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There's a fellow in Sydney who busks with his electric guitar and he hooks it up to a portable amplifier.
A setup like Billy Bragg used to use would be just the job...

#17
Yeah I busked before. I was on my way home from a massive night out and got harangued outside a night club "Oi mate! Can you play The Kinks?".

10 minutes later half the street was singing Waterloo Sunset. I got 5quid and some free chips. That's a result.
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#18
Quote by juan Andrés
¿Have you ever shown your skills on the street and collect tips while doing it?
Yes and No...

I was once walking through my town with a ripped up flannel on and my guitar on my back. For all intensive purposes, I looked like a bum.

Some suit walks by me and hands me $5, told me to get something to eat.

Does that count?
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#19
Quote by roshjosh
For a busking session, how many songs would one need to have mastered?

two, three

its not like people is watching a concert.
#20
Quote by jm1681
Yes and No...

I was once walking through my town with a ripped up flannel on and my guitar on my back. For all intensive purposes, I looked like a bum.

Some suit walks by me and hands me $5, told me to get something to eat.

Does that count?


¿Did you play him a song?
#21
Quote by juan Andrés
¿Did you play him a song?
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#22
Quote by roshjosh
It seems as though the term "Busk" is spanish slang for prostitution...

But no I've never been busking, I've always wanted to though.


... So wrong.
#23
No, but I saw a video where some kid bought a really nice PRS by busking and kept at it for a Marshall tube stack. He was like 12 and made 70 Euros an hour or so.
#25
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Yeah I busked before. I was on my way home from a massive night out and got harangued outside a night club "Oi mate! Can you play The Kinks?".

10 minutes later half the street was singing Waterloo Sunset. I got 5quid and some free chips. That's a result.






Edit: No I haven't, but I can't imagine it being hard to get some money... I used to bum around town asking random folks for "bus money"

My main concern would be someone messing with you or stealing your stuff depending on the area.
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#26
well if im walking around and i see an emo fag being gay with some gay emo song i will plug in my RR24 into my microcube and play some heavy ****ing metal until he cries, stops or goes away
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#27
Yes, but you don't "show off" when you busk, or the cops come and tell you to shutup. You play songs, something UG doesn't like to do.

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well if im walking around and i see an emo fag being gay with some gay emo song i will plug in my RR24 into my microcube and play some heavy ****ing metal until he cries, stops or goes away


Like this asshole.
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Last edited by MetalMilitia212 at Aug 28, 2008,
#28
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Yes, but you don't "show off" when you busk, or the cops come and tell you to shutup. You play songs, something UG doesn't like to do.



when the cops come i tell them to piss off and to go catch some burglars.
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#29
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when the cops come i tell them to piss off and to go catch some burglars.

I'm sure you do.
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#30
most places you definately need a permit. ^

show off or not. if you have a cup out, the cops will need to see one.

on the good side, it's easy to get permits, and you can feel confident to play as show-offy as you would like afterwards.

well if im walking around and i see an emo fag being gay with some gay emo song i will plug in my RR24 into my microcube and play some heavy ****ing metal until he cries, stops or goes away


this and your other comment make you sound like you have no real life experience.
Jenneh

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#31
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most places you definately need a permit. ^

show off or not. if you have a cup out, the cops will need to see one.

on the good side, it's easy to get permits, and you can feel confident to play as show-offy as you would like afterwards.

Not really, I've tested it, if you play music that's not bugging anybody and you're not too loud, cops won't care. I carry around an acoustic alot and play folk tunes and the cops don't mind, but there's this dickhead who goes around playing metal through a microcube and I think he's banned from hanging out outside CVS now.
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#32
^personally, i would never bother a musician. but in a lot of towns, the business owners don't want someone at their store front.

i don;t know why.

and then in busy busking places like boardwalks or music towns, the competition for corners is large, so then again u'd need a permit to stay. or the other musicians will shove you off.

i think that you get to stay is a testiment to your good taste.
Jenneh

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#33
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^personally, i would never bother a musician. but in a lot of towns, the business owners don't want someone at their store front.

i don;t know why.

and then in busy busking places like boardwalks or music towns, the competition for corners is large, so then again u'd need a permit to stay. or the other musicians will shove you off.

i think that you get to stay is a testiment to your good taste.

The business owners only hate it if it's something that would turn away customers I think, but they absolutely love it when I play stuff like Mischief Brew in Bright Eyes because people come listen for a little while, then go in and buy a drink while they're there. I've never tried in the city or beach or anything like that, so I can't address it.
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#34
I've only panhandled, when I was super poor and i needed bus fare, i panhandled, I managed to get like 50 bucks in a span of an hour, and i seriously considered being a bum and panhandling more often after seeing so much money for doing nothing.
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#35
well i gues things are different here in England cos you can tell a cop to go catch some burglars we dont get these wannabe hardcore cops that you have in the states,

and the emo kid thing is a prank, not a serious thing.
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#36
^yeah, i'm sure that cops in England love it when you tell them to shove off.

sounds like here in the US we have "wannabe hardcore" cops, and in England you have wannabe hardcore kids.
Jenneh

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#37
No, id like to some day though, nice way to get some money
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#38
no you are just allowed to voice you oppinions here, its the general view of most people here that police should stop hanging around looking for speeding motorists etc and go catch some real criminals, and most of the police agree with you they are just forced to do the stupid stuff.
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#39
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no you are just allowed to voice you oppinions here, its the general view of most people here that police should stop hanging around looking for speeding motorists etc and go catch some real criminals, and most of the police agree with you they are just forced to do the stupid stuff.

Just go away, we know you're bull****ting to look cool.
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#40
Quote by MetalMilitia212
Just go away, we know you're bull****ting to look cool.



im not its true, the police here are sick of doing paperwork and having to hang around motorways to catch people speeding etc instead of catching real criminals.
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