#1
So, Pit, I went busking for the first time today i my home town.
It was actually great fun, once my voice had settled down and stopped wavering all over the place.

I played, if memory serves...

When You Were Young - The Killers (great response for that one)
A Decade Under The Influence - Taking Back Sunday
MakeDamnSure - Taking Back Sunday
I Will Follow You Into The Dark - Death Cab For Cutie
Run - Snow Patrol

...Then I stopped because my hands started to seize up in the cold

It was pretty tough to begin with though - singing one of Death Cab's sweetest and most sentimental songs in front of a gang of disinterested-looking chavs who looked like they were eyeing up how much my guitar might fetch on eBay has little to recommend it...

Still, I made enough money for the bus fare home and to keep me full of Coffee and KitKats for the rest of the week ^^


Has anyone in The Pit ever busked?
If so, share your stories and experiences


Oh, and if there's any songs you think I should do next time, post them as well


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#2
I have never Busked before but When You Were Young - The Killers would be a very cool song to hear someone play haha. I live in Atlantic Canada (east coast) So usually when anyone busks they are usually playing tunes like great big sea and such. I think I should go out and play tribute to Alex Webster or Steve Harris and play my tunes :P
#3
if i could sing, or even just poorly sing while playing, i'd give it a shot at some point.
but i can't play and sing at the same time, alot of the songs i play don't sound good intrumental, too boring.

so that stops me from busking. any tips on singing and playing at the same time?
#4
i cant do it by myself. i need a singer with me. but yes, i have done it with a friend before. we got enough money to go to Starbucks haha.
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#5
I want to so bad! Just sit on a corner with an acoustic bass and just play for hours. I wouldn't even care if i got no money. It's just fun to perform.
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#6
A friend and I were going to play on the streets of Newport over the summer... but it didn't end up happening because we kept getting slices of pizza with our other friends and they were kinda helpless without us. But it sounds like a good idea. I might try it out on Thayer street in Providence one day.


My friend made about $40 one time just jamming. Pretty crazy.
#7
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if i could sing, or even just poorly sing while playing, i'd give it a shot at some point.
but i can't play and sing at the same time, alot of the songs i play don't sound good intrumental, too boring.

so that stops me from busking. any tips on singing and playing at the same time?



practice til you can play the song without thinking, then practice some more, then try to read the song through in yhour head while you play, then sing it
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#8
Quote by cpt jaredkent
if i could sing, or even just poorly sing while playing, i'd give it a shot at some point.
but i can't play and sing at the same time, alot of the songs i play don't sound good intrumental, too boring.

so that stops me from busking. any tips on singing and playing at the same time?



If you're in a band, start doing backing vocals. They help build up your confidence with your voice, and if you mess them up, nobody really minds.

Also, practise VERY simple songs when you start to work you voice into the song.

Go back to basics - Knockin' On Heaven's Door or some old Stereophonics is a good place to start.

Practise playing notes on the guitar and matching them with your voice.
When you can do this confidently you're ready to sing around that note - in key.

Oh, and work on strumming subconsciously - so you don't think about the strum pattern. This frees up space in the brain to concentrate on singing.


Anyway, this is what worked for me, so good luck
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#9
I would probably have done it already if I were actually some place other than a small town. Our downtown is about 6 square blocks, and usually there is a very small amount of pedestrians. Just one more reason why I wish I lived in an actual city.
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#10
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A friend and I were going to play on the streets of Newport over the summer... but it didn't end up happening because we kept getting slices of pizza with our other friends and they were kinda helpless without us. But it sounds like a good idea. I might try it out on Thayer street in Providence one day.


My friend made about $40 one time just jamming. Pretty crazy.


let me know how you do on thayer, or when you do it on thayer, maybe i'll stop by and listen