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Jul 13, 2019 - 6:07:17 PM
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7390 posts since 3/19/2009

I'm a busker.. I just spent an afternoon busking in West Seattle, Washington.. There were a lot of YOUNG buskers on the street. Talented youngsters.. but NO older people like me.. Busking is SO Much Fun. It constantly amazes me why there are not more of YOU out there... Your lives must be very Complete, and Comfy.....AGAIN. If you would even busk ONCE on ANY corner in ANY city, you'd surely busk a hundred times...

Requirements to be a Busker:

know at least ONE fiddle tune...

Want to have fun,

Want to  meet people

Want to improve your playing,

Want some Adventure in your life

Want to "get off the couch''...

Want to get over the idea that THEY are going to judge you..

Just so you know.. I, me, myself. TODAY . Made several audio files of ME, playing while busking..Not a single file was smooth enough, clear enough (constant interruptions by passers by...) for me to want to post on the Sound Off forum.. BUT,, every note was suitable for the audience....people very forgiving.. very loving..Little Kids begged parents for a quarter so they could tip to the fiddle player ..nobody cared that I wasn't the most talented busker on the street.. a group of SIX,  10 year old girls each wanted a photo of THEM holding a fiddle.. Surprisingly, as a busker, it is NOT all about YOU.. It is about the EVENT of street music, and the love of music as shown by the response shown ....  Also, surprisingly, I just realized this.. "IT IS NOT ABOUT THE BUSKER..IT IS ABOUT THE EVENT of STREET MUSIC and the Public's LOVE OF MUSIC and their WANTING TO BE INVOLVED with that music...'

Edited by - TuneWeaver on 07/13/2019 18:19:51

Jul 13, 2019 - 6:15:50 PM
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DougD

USA

9177 posts since 12/2/2007
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I think around here begging on the street is an automatic 30 days "in the county," so I think I'll pass.

Jul 13, 2019 - 6:22:47 PM

7390 posts since 3/19/2009

Doug.. Do you really thinking that busking is Begging?

Jul 13, 2019 - 6:27:52 PM

144 posts since 11/26/2009

sounds like fun the busking not the begging.
Hey Mr. Lee why is it called busking and how did it get named that?

Jul 13, 2019 - 6:32:11 PM

7390 posts since 3/19/2009

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Originally posted by joeh4232

sounds like fun the busking not the begging.
Hey Mr. Lee why is it called busking and how did it get named that?


As I understand it, (I speak functional Spanish) the wore BUSK comes from the Spanish word Buskar, which means TO LOOK FOR... so a Busker is Looking For something.. Tips, Fame, attention, fun, a performance opportunity, etc... 

As for a comparison to begging. buskers work for Nothing with hopes of a tip.. Waitresses do pretty mush the same thing..Is a waitress begging by sucking up to customers in hopes of getting a tip? Nobody OWES a waitress a tip.. 

Jul 13, 2019 - 6:37:15 PM
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144 posts since 11/26/2009

thanks Lee, I learned something new

Jul 13, 2019 - 6:37:57 PM

7390 posts since 3/19/2009

At today's event In West Seattle, none of the buskers I saw looked like waifes in need of cash in order to survive.. They were all well dressed, professional performers who, like me, simply LOVE to get out there and have FUN performing in public. In my case, I have more money than most of the people passing by.... However I DO have friends who actually think that somehow the desire to perform on the sidewalk is begging.. I don't get it .. We buskers fully understand that NObody owes us anything and we consider it a personal challenge to perform so well that we'll get a tip.. It is like a game, but FUN.. I know many buskers and only a couple of them NEED to make tips... but they are the exception. MOST buskers just see it as a hobby, like I do.. A fun way to spend time.. There is comorody between us.. we wish each other well...yada, yada, yada..

OK.. I'm on a ROLL.. Did you know that many cities INTERNATIONALLY actually have BUSKERS festivals..??  THEY LOVE street performers.. It is an ART... Check out Busker Festivals Internationally.. 

Edited by - TuneWeaver on 07/13/2019 18:41:10

Jul 13, 2019 - 6:42:55 PM

144 posts since 11/26/2009

thats neat that you all get along like that. Busking here in my home town would probably be a slow hot event. Might have 5 people walk by the park in 2 hours haha.

Jul 13, 2019 - 6:58:51 PM

7390 posts since 3/19/2009

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Originally posted by joeh4232

thats neat that you all get along like that. Busking here in my home town would probably be a slow hot event. Might have 5 people walk by the park in 2 hours haha.


Yes, there IS that .. Buskers need a certain amount of traffic flow..smiley

Jul 13, 2019 - 7:07:33 PM

7390 posts since 3/19/2009

If I ask you to go busking.. YOU know that I'm asking you get past Yourself and offer your skills to the PUBLIC.. Do you for one minute think that I'm asking you go and BEG for a tip? Ridiculous.. You understand that I'm asking you to perform in public.. PERIOD.. Should you get a 'tip', you'd be elated, but it is really not about that. Tips are a way the public gives confirmation.. When you go home after having met people you haven't seen in years, or after seen the smiles of people passing by and after getting 'thumbs up' for teenagers.... You'll know that you were in no way begging..

I think that more fiddlers would busk if it were not for Fear/ insecurity......

Edited by - TuneWeaver on 07/13/2019 19:08:53

Jul 13, 2019 - 7:18:17 PM

7390 posts since 3/19/2009

Joeh4232... GO ANYWAY..... So what if there are not many people..
last year I went to a town with a friend AFTER their farmers market was over..Very few people on the street.. we still had fun.. the passersby had fun. and their kid loved us....It is about the EVENT. Yes , a large traffic flow is best, but to have fun.. you don't need many people.. If even ONE person is elated to hear you and YOU are elated that they are elated... well, it becomes a perfect storm..it just doesn't last as long as it would in a big crowd...I know what I'm talking about. I speak with confidence.... I live it weekly..

Edited by - TuneWeaver on 07/13/2019 19:18:45

Jul 13, 2019 - 7:18:33 PM
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110 posts since 1/3/2019

I love busking. I've done it coast to coast for the same reasons mentioned. Santa Fe, Reno, San Francisco, LA, Minneapolis, Branson... Even on a train.

Here in Wichita Kansas where Iive now, busking just isn't appreciated. The several attempts I've made haven't gone over very well. People here only go for in your face type things like scantily clad people twirling fire. And I haven't learned how to do that... yet. I mean the twirling fire part. I am pretty good at cladding scantily.

Jul 13, 2019 - 7:19:56 PM

7390 posts since 3/19/2009

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Originally posted by ShawnCraver

I love busking. I've done it coast to coast for the same reasons mentioned. Santa Fe, Reno, San Francisco, LA, Minneapolis, Branson... Even on a train.

Here in Wichita Kansas where Iive now, busking just isn't appreciated. The several attempts I've made haven't gone over very well. People here only go for in your face type things like scantily clad people twirling fire. And I haven't learned how to do that... yet. I mean the twirling fire part. I am pretty good at cladding scantily.


Funny... Send photos!!!

Jul 13, 2019 - 7:55:52 PM

bees

USA

78 posts since 6/16/2016

Is it busking if you don't play for money? I was playing outside our gallery in Zionsville for several hours today and this video was posted to facebook of me hacking away at Old Mother Flannagan: facebook.com/artinhandgallery/...24773400/

I really enjoy being out playing on the gallery porch and people have even give me a few bucks now and then even though I don't requisition donations.

Jul 13, 2019 - 8:16:14 PM
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1592 posts since 10/22/2007

I get it Lee. My area isn't good for busking other than the farmer's market. It's about as easy to simply setup a gig. I often play nursing homes and assisted living centers. Sometimes for pay, sometimes for free. If you ever loose track of "what it's all about," all one needs to do is play in a nursing home. Nuf said.

Jul 13, 2019 - 8:48:53 PM

2424 posts since 7/12/2013

Hey Lee you were in my neck of the woods! Did you make it out to any jams while you were here?

Jul 13, 2019 - 8:52:05 PM
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7390 posts since 3/19/2009

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Originally posted by fiddlinsteudel

Hey Lee you were in my neck of the woods! Did you make it out to any jams while you were here?


I'm Still here.. but head to Victoria Canada on Monday.  Will return later in the week.. Head home the following Tuesday.. Maybe we could meet for coffee some time..!! 

Jul 13, 2019 - 8:53:09 PM

7390 posts since 3/19/2009

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Originally posted by farmerjones

I get it Lee. My area isn't good for busking other than the farmer's market. It's about as easy to simply setup a gig. I often play nursing homes and assisted living centers. Sometimes for pay, sometimes for free. If you ever loose track of "what it's all about," all one needs to do is play in a nursing home. Nuf said.


Exactly.!!! I don't think of nursing homes a Busking..  but yes, it is humbling!!!!.

Jul 13, 2019 - 8:55:16 PM

7390 posts since 3/19/2009

quote:
Originally posted by bees

Is it busking if you don't play for money? I was playing outside our gallery in Zionsville for several hours today and this video was posted to facebook of me hacking away at Old Mother Flannagan: facebook.com/artinhandgallery/...24773400/

I really enjoy being out playing on the gallery porch and people have even give me a few bucks now and then even though I don't requisition donations.


YOu get to decide if you call it busking or not.. it is nebulous..!!! You sound great.. MY definition is that busking is if you are 'looking'.. even if just for attention, or to entertain...Money is not the real issue..

Jul 13, 2019 - 8:56:42 PM
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Originally posted by TuneWeaver
quote:
Originally posted by fiddlinsteudel

Hey Lee you were in my neck of the woods! Did you make it out to any jams while you were here?


I'm Still here.. but head to Victoria Canada on Monday.  Will return later in the week.. Head home the following Tuesday.. Maybe we could meet for coffee some time..!! 

 


There is a jam in Ballard on mondays if you are interested, it is a bluegrass jam

Jul 13, 2019 - 9:14:59 PM

7390 posts since 3/19/2009

quote:
Originally posted by fiddlinsteudel
quote:
Originally posted by TuneWeaver
quote:
Originally posted by fiddlinsteudel

Hey Lee you were in my neck of the woods! Did you make it out to any jams while you were here?


I'm Still here.. but head to Victoria Canada on Monday.  Will return later in the week.. Head home the following Tuesday.. Maybe we could meet for coffee some time..!! 

 


There is a jam in Ballard on mondays if you are interested, it is a bluegrass jam


Bluegrass jams and me don' t usually get along.. Anyway, I'll be in Victoria on Monday..Thanks, though.

Jul 13, 2019 - 9:17:01 PM

308 posts since 8/10/2017

I think busking is a lot of fun, too. I prefer to do it with at least one other person though. I don't think I'm good enough at the fiddle to go it alone, and while I'm pretty good on the mandolin, I think the sound doesn't carry that well for busking. Instead of busking I play my mandolin sitting against a tree in the park.

I haven't been busking in a while. For a while I had a little band that would busk on the main street in town pretty frequently, and at least once, maybe twice a week at farmers' markets. Once I was out playing with them and two pretty ladies stopped to dance and at the end they kissed me, but not the guys. Ha ha I bet they were jealous!!

One of the guys I busked with was really crazy. The other is sorta crazy, too. The two of them got in a fight and that was the end of our little band. The first crazy guy started a band with somebody else, and the second crazy guy would sometimes ask me to play in the parking lot at the beach. Now he plays at the beach with somebody else and nobody plays with me anymore. I really miss our times playing on the main street in town.

Jul 14, 2019 - 5:02:27 AM
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2124 posts since 10/1/2008

Hmmmm ... there is a disinct difference between playing live music on the street and walking up to complete strangers and asking for money to put in your own pocket. Yes some municipalities have ordainances against busking and view it largely the same as "panhandling" / begging < sigh. Many more require a license which comes with a fee that needs to be paid annually. < sigh
I am not a busker. Not for any reason other than I have never gotten around to it.
Admittedly I have little to no patience with folks that " won't carry their own water". A person needing my help , truly needing, is a horse of a different color. Charity is mentioned often in both the Bible and the Quran. I try to keep that in mind. Play on! R/

Jul 14, 2019 - 6:32:38 AM
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RobBob

USA

2632 posts since 6/26/2007

It costs $60 to busk around here. No thanks. Did it 45+ years ago in the Bay area, we were young, it was fun.

Jul 14, 2019 - 6:45:34 AM
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10324 posts since 9/23/2009

Might depend on where you are...if I busked in my neighborhood...there'd be nobody but drug addicts and goats being irritated by the noise. If I went across the river to town, I'd be arrested or fined, or mugged or whatever. Can't go to the nursing homes or farmer markets...those spots are reserved for people with connections to whoever is in charge...so I just stay safe on the front porch or the presonus machine...lol. Happy for the ones who live where busking works...I wouldn't even want the money...just the fun of playing for anybody who'd like to listen. One of the reasons I quit the old BG band I was in for two or three years...besides me just not playing BG well at all...they kept dickering for prices anytime we'd get a gig, until too many times they'd cancel because they couldn't agree on a price...I'm like...guys, we're all retired...we could just play for peanuts, or play for free...but saying no because we didn't agree on the price gets us nowhere...back to the basement for practice, or back to the BG jam, which is not a gig. But anyway, besides that...yeah, busking sounds fun, but I think there are lots of places where it won't work at all.

Jul 14, 2019 - 7:13:04 AM

7390 posts since 3/19/2009

Apparently, not all of you live where you feel comfortable busking..Fortunately, some people drive to favorable locations to busk...If it turns out to be fun it would be worth the trip..As you may have figured out, I take my fiddle just about wherever I travel..

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