For musicians looking to gain experience playing in front of a crowd - as well as making a few extra dollars - busking is the ideal activity. TakeLessons explored the essential tips for musicians of all types.
Online PR News – 16-December-2011 – – Yesterday Lady Gaga made headlines when Forbes announced her as the top-earning female artist in the past year, but what about overall top earners in music? Those top three spots belong to U2, Bon Jovi, and Elton John, who also recently received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song.
If the gigs aren’t rolling in, it can be easy for musicians to get discouraged. However, another way to make a few extra dollars is busking, or the art of street performing. Buskers are often seen in parks, subway tunnels and on street corners, and it can be a great way to make a little money on the side if it's done correctly.
TakeLessons (http://takelessons.com), the nation's fastest growing music lessons provider, took the opportunity to present its blog readers with 5 smart tips for busking success, courtesy of DIYMusician.com. The following is an excerpt from the blog:
"1) Have a good attitude- remember that you’re not the main attraction. Most folks don’t even expect to see or hear you, so be gracious and grateful if anyone listens, applauds, tips you, or buys a CD.
2) Be polite to fellow buskers- you’re all in this together. Share the public space. Don’t hog the best spots.
3) Respect local businesses- keep your volume down, and play material that is appropriate for public spaces. Help them make money, and they’ll help you make money. Get adversarial on them, and they’ll be sure to end your busking career early.
4) Be upbeat and joyful- brooding melancholy may be perfect for a smokey club, but buskers gather the best crowds when they play material that makes the kids want to dance and the old folks smile!
5) Pace yourself- Don’t strain your hands or voice before you’ve built up your endurance. Start slow. Work your way up to the long-haul days."
By providing the tips for blog readers, TakeLessons hopes to continue engaging current students and help with any musical goals they may have. Readers are invited to share their thoughts by commenting on the TakeLessons blog, where they can also learn tips for starting one's music career, and comments are also welcomed on Facebook (http://facebook.com/takelessons).
Headquartered in San Diego, CA, TakeLessons is America's full-service music and voice lessons provider. With private lessons taught by TakeLessons Certified™ instructors in cities nationwide, students of all ages can start living their dreams through music. Founded in 2006 to help people discover their creativity and pursue their passions, TakeLessons also offers turnkey music programs for schools and community centers.