The Street Musician’s Toolkit


The Street Musician’s Toolkit: A blog about the tools one should carry as a street musician.

A street musician has to be ready for anything. You might be busking out of a suitcase today, but what if you come across a nice sounding set of stairs? A suitcase is not going to cut it. You need to have all your gear in a backpack that you can take with you anywhere. And with this bag, you’re not going to get far without your multi-tool and duct tape. Here’s why:

Carrying a Multi-tool

As a street musician, you will be surrounded by people all day long. Some will be your fans, others will try to heckle you or even steal from you. Having a multi-tool on you at all times will help in both situations.

For fans, your multi-tool can be used for showing off your skills. If there are two people who want to listen, but only enough room for one, you can make an impromptu chair by using the saw on your multi-tool and cutting a log or branch in half. You can also use the pliers to snap something into two pieces so each person gets their own piece of art! And

“What do you need to be a street musician?”

That is a question that I get asked quite often. A lot of people tell me that they have always wanted to try busking but don’t know what they need. In an attempt to answer this question, I have created this blog post.

I hope that it will answer any questions you might have about the tools needed for busking and if you still have any questions, feel free to leave a comment!

In this post, we will go through my toolkit: what I carry with me in my backpack on every street performance.

If you’re a street musician, you know the difficulty of carrying around your instrument. There are many factors to consider when choosing what to bring with you on the street. You need something that is compact and portable, but can also produce a quality sound.

The essential components:

Instrument: Probably the most important thing you could carry.

Meter: To measure your profits.

Pitch pot: For placing money in.

Strap: Essential if your instrument has a neck.

Music stand: Something to hold your music while you play. This eliminates the hassle of searching through pockets for loose pages of music, or turning pages while playing.

Legs/base/tripod: This helps keep the music stand sturdy, so it doesn’t get knocked over by passers-by or gusts of wind.

Tuner: Allows for accurate tuning before and during performances. Tuning is a constant process for any instrument, and it is important to stay in tune!

Metronome: A metronome is a great tool for timing and keeping good rhythm. Often times, when you are playing alone on the streets, it can be easy to lose track of time or speed up too much. The metronome will help

Whether you have just started or have been playing for years, this blog will help you understand the tools that make up a street musician’s toolkit.

When I first started out, I tried to play my cello in the streets of Munich. A few days later, I had to call it quits because I was losing money in the process. It turns out that I didn’t know how to use my tools properly.

I am here to help you avoid the same mistakes and make the most out of your street performing career. Here are some tips on how to get started:

The following is a list of tools that I think are essential for any street musician. This is not an exhaustive list; it’s just what works for me. Everyone has his or her own style, and there’s no “right” way to do it.

I play in the Boston area, where things are a bit more relaxed than some places (like New York City, where you have to have a permit). In most cities, you just have to have your hat out, but in New York you can get fined for not having a permit—even if nobody gives you money! Make sure you know what the laws are in your area before you go out.

I play mostly acoustic music. I carry four instruments (guitar, banjo, harmonica, and washboard), plus a snare drum and cymbal that I strap to my leg. I also keep a fiddle and mandolin strapped to my back, but only bring these out if I’m going to be playing in one spot for more than a few hours. This means I need two guitar stands (one for the snare/cymbal assembly), two microphone stands (for the banjo and harmonica), and all the accessories:

I get asked a lot about what I think makes for a good street musician. While there’s a myriad of factors, I think the most important thing is having the right tools.

Most people are only able to play one instrument. This is the worst mistake you can make. You need to be able to play at least three instruments at once in order to make any kind of living as a musician. More is even better. I personally carry 12 instruments with me at all times: four harmonicas, two flutes, an accordion, a banjo, an acoustic guitar, a tambourine, and a kick drum.

You should also carry multiple copies of each instrument so that you can create different tones simultaneously. For instance, I often play my four harmonicas at once so that I can play both major chords and minor chords simultaneously. This allows me to create hauntingly beautiful melodies that almost bring tears to my eyes (and yours).

You should also have multiple musical styles down cold so that you can accommodate different audiences or simply change things up when you’re tired of playing the same songs in the same order for days and days on end. I personally know how to play folk music, rock music, jazz music, and country music all equally well and

This is the first in a series of posts I’ll write on how to be a street musician.

My name is Nick, and I’m a street musician in Austin, TX. I’ve been playing in the streets since 2002, and have learned some things that might be useful to other musicians who are thinking about street performing.

Street performing is a great way to make money. For one thing, it builds your confidence. It’s also a great way to meet other musicians and build your network. And best of all, it’s a lot of fun!

I play mainly for tips, but sometimes I book events through my website. You can check out my blog for more info about me, or go straight to my schedule if you’re interested in booking me for an event.


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