A couple of weeks back we’d been in Essex visiting family, and after my recent wash out of a charity busk I’d been working on getting my skills up to get out and do some more busking for the coming Summer.
I’d been strumming in the garden and paid a couple of [...]
Years ago, when I first started learning to play the guitar, I used to have so much trouble just getting a tune out of the damn thing that I used to be in total awe of anyone who could string a few chords together or pull off a few [...]
A couple of weeks ago I promised to kick off my part in the 100 challenge and do some busking to raise a bit of cash for charity.
On this occasion I thought I’d do a street busk to promote the Neimann Pick Children’s Fund. It wasn’t [...]
World Busk Fund Raising Totals
Just got back from my Musequality charity busk in town.
I was a bit worried whether I was going to be able to hack it today as I’ve had a cold and a sore throat for a number of days, and after canceling a gig in a local [...]
There are many different types of battery you can use to power your equipment, ranging from small 6v hand held rechargeables for small busking amps to huge deep cycle RV and forklift batteries capable of powering full out door gigs and lighting systems. They all have different uses and characteristics which you should [...]
I’m often asked the best ways of powering your equipment when out busking or gigging at outdoor events where power is an issue.
This is a good question to answer and depends greatly on a few main factors.
1. The size and type of gig you are looking to provide [...]
Powering equipment via batteries often means connecting them together in a battery bank to gain a higher voltage or amp hour rating.
Batteries can be connected in two ways, series or parallel.
Connecting two batteries of the same voltage together in series effectively converts them into one bigger battery [...]
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Inverters & Portable Power Systems
If you are intent on buying a marine or deep cycle battery at some point as part of an inverter, battery and charger system to provide power for your equipment outdoors, then there are a few things you need to be aware of when calculating [...]
If you are intent on taking your band or set to the streets or you feel like setting up an out door gig where power is an issue, then there are a few good ways of getting round the problem. Generators and battery operated systems provide good alternatives to consumer mains, but if [...]
Every time I venture out to do a bit of street busking, I am always surprised at the wide variety of objects people seem to offer me or place in my guitar case instead of a simple coin or two.
I have received just about everything you could imagine from melted chocolate [...]
I’ve just registered to take part in the biggest busk the world has ever seen.
UPDATE : STARTS TODAY 8th JUNE
The World Busk is a charity event which will raise money for good causes and attempt to break the world record for the biggest simultaneous busk around the world at [...]
Here’s a collection of vids featuring some of the worlds most famous (and not so famous) people busking.
It’s nice to know that however much cash these guys have got or how famous they are, none of them are too proud to hit the streets and play for the people.
Street busking is a great way of building up your confidence as a musician and gives you just about the best training you can get in dealing with people and overcoming any fears you may have of performing in public.
Once you’ve been busking a few times and got used to playing [...]
Nowadays, town and city councils are clamping down on unauthorized busking in an attempt to clear the streets of unsavory types hassling people for money. You often need a permit to perform or busk and if you don’t have one you will be removed by the police, even if you are really good.
How Much Money Can You Make Busking ?
The amount of money you can make when you are out busking greatly depends on many things, such as what instrument you play, what town or city you’re in, where you pitch, what songs you play, how long you play for, what time of year it [...]
Ok, you’ve got your guitar, you’ve got your books, you know the song, but you’re sick of learning twenty different strumming patterns for every verse of every song you want to learn.
When you see an experienced guitarist strumming away on the acoustic, they look good, sound great and never seem to [...]
What Will I Need To Go Busking ?
Traveling light and just taking your acoustic guitar busking can be great if you are planning on playing in a subway, a pitch with great acoustics or in a narrow street, but if you want to play in a city or crowded street on a Saturday [...]