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8 February 2014
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Some take it to quite sophisticated levels...

 

 

8 February 2014
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I actually don't see street musicians very often. The last one I saw, though, was playing a rendition of Yesterday on a flute. He got a buck or two for his effort. a-hard-days-night-paul-8

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You can count me in those 99 out of 100 street musicians. Although I only play when I'm in Germany, which, if I am lucky, is once a year for a few weeks. My first try at the very thing was exactly what I would want to hear from a street musician, the same thing Funny Paper noted, and I finger-picked through my most impressive of songs. But it is also right that street musicians need to be loud, so I decided to give singing a try. And that's how I started to actually get money. 

My playing itself is never the 4/4 rhythm and 3 chords to strum through, though, and given that I learn songs by ear, I always try to add a seventh or a fifth every here and there to make the whole thing more interesting. I've also noticed that people are happier to leave a tip when they see a horrible guitar being played. I once borrowed a really good guitar and barely made 20 euro in an hour, which compared to the money I made playing my uncle's terrible excuse for a guitar, is nothing. Singing was the key for me, and loud, emotional songs are those that attract most of the attention. 

I do allow myself the luxury to finger-pick as a few minutes break, and I've been lucky to encounter a few people who actually cared to listen. However, there is no escaping the fact that most people can't really tell the difference between strumming and actually playing something more complicated just with passing by. So it all comes down to the reason a street musician would come out to play, really; to make money or to share the music. For me, it is safe to say that it is a bit of both, although I do lean a bit more on the money side of things as it is the only way I can actually make some. Could make money, actually, while I was in Germany. Here in Macedonia, especially the town I live in, if I'd dare to sit down and play, I'm sure people would throw tomatoes at me. 

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