- A kind little old lady smiled and dropped a $2 coin in as she passed by, midway through my first song. Thank you - for the first coin I ever got from busking!;
- Lugging around a guitar and a heavy battery powered amp is not much fun, not to mention you feel a bit wierd doing so;
- Had the jitters for a while, playing was mediocre but solid enough, no terminal song stops but more dropped notes and even a few dropped phrases than I'd normally do;
- Was unable to get a sound I was happy with - the concrete pavers caused boominess in the bass and a weak treble. It sounded _okay_ from where I was sitting, but a colleague of mine who stopped by told me the treble dropped quickly as you moved away, which is no good, the melody is in the treble. This time I was more concerned with the "public performance" side of things, next time I'll try to improve the sound;
- The overall noise level in Murray Street Mall is higher than I expected. I was pushing the boundaries of what I can achieve with the amp before getting feedback, volume wise. There is plenty of oomphf left in the amp, the trick is to get it without feedback. Overall I think the volume was adequate so I'm not concerned, besides I have a feedback buster I can fit, I just don't really like using it;
- One guy recognised me from youtube and had a quick chat - g'day mate, thanks for letting me know (he loves my "Wish You Were Here", he just missed me playing it);
- Couple of guys hung around on the sidelines listening in for several songs; I'm used to that now, whenever I play in public I get that. I figure they are all guitarists interested in how I play, they don't want to get too close, but they want to know what's going on. If you are one of those sorts of guys - tell me what the story is!;
- A mummy and a little girl "go on, pop the money into the hat" - very sweet; my kids are all yawn ho-hum about guitar playing they see it all the time, but some kids would have never seen someone playing a guitar close up, so that's great!;
- After about 45 mins of playing the sun was on my head and I was only supposed to play for 30 mins before moving on (shhh) so I packed up; I wanted to play about another 5 or 6 songs, next time. Grand total was $19.55. Nearly paid for my busking pass in one hit ($23/month).
I'll do it again maybe later this week or next week, but long term I don't think it is for me - I'm fairly sure I'm a cafe/restaurant player. I've got until 1st November on my busking pass, I'll get a few more in yet!