Monday, 1 July 2013

The first busk

Did my first ever busking session today in Doncaster.

Setting up
Strumming and singing away

Things I learnt about busking:
  • Pretty much no-one can hear you if you aren't amplified.
  • Choose a pitch that is RIGHT next to where people walk past on the way to something.
  • Teenage boys are idiots (but I've known that one since I was a teenager myself).
  • Don't sing songs that are in the lower end of your register. People only pay attention when you hit the high notes.
  • If you have music or lyrics on a stand, they will blow away. Mine were in a display book and it kept falling off. Next time, I will take pegs with me.
Since no-one could hear me and almost no-one walked particularly near me, I didn't earn much.

Earnings from my first day of busking
Nevertheless, I'm eager to try again and apply some of what I've learnt to my next busking session. One lovely thing about the day was the chap who saw me later, and said he didn't have any change but he really enjoyed my singing. That was worth far more than a quid.

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