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Old 29th Mar 2022, 20:16
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One man bands - musical performances

Being completely devoid of any musical ability but keen on music I am occasionally impressed by some of the buskers I find playing in public. The old style one man band where a single person plays several instruments, live, don't usually play the sort of music that appeals to my ear but I can see that they are usually very skilled. The other type, where one person plays a guitar and sings to the accompaniment of a drum machine and pre-recorded backing instruments often grab my attention. I saw one a week or two back bashing out classic rock and metal tracks from the eighties, he nailed them all. In between tracks he fiddled with a small box of tricks for a few seconds, tweaked the settings on his guitar pedals and went again.

Having seen a number of these buskers bashing out songs I just wondered whether they had played all of the instruments to create the backing track ahead of the performance or whether someone is selling the backing tracks for all of these buskers to buy?

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Old 29th Mar 2022, 20:49
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There are numerous computer programmes / apps that help with this, but yes, you still need the talent to play the lead.
Its not just one man bands that utilise them either.
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Old 29th Mar 2022, 23:37
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Anyone remember the "Human Jukebox" by the waterfront in San Francisco? A tall cardboard box with a slot about halfway up, Pop in a dollar bill (or was it a quarter?) and say what tune you wanted to hear. A flap close to the top would open, the bell of a trumpet came out and a good rendition of the song was delivered.

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Old 30th Mar 2022, 05:19
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Used to be an Eastern European bloke in Croydon who busked with an amplified violin outside the shopping centre. We could hear him 16 stories up in our office block. He was very good but had a repertoir of about 10 tunes, mostly hits from the 60s and 70s. To hear these repetitively from late morning two or three days a week was too much and our office manager had a word with the council to tell him to turn it down or lose his licence... he did lower the volume for a bit. Bad enough for us, I believe the surrounding shops were not at all happy either.

Very good guitarist one day a week who played much more quietly. Then there was the Far Eastern lady who sang... She made Yoko Ono sound very good indeed. Fortunately she was out of earshot and only heard her when I went to Marks and Spencers.
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Old 30th Mar 2022, 07:03
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Rans6 - how about John Clarke playing 'A Walk To The Lake' on a street in S Francisco ?
With a guitar you do not necessarily need any accompaniment - was it Steve Hackett who described a guitar as a mini orchestra ?
The guitar neck cam gives a great view of John's 'walking fingers' spanish style but note - if you get motion sickness - you may not like the view as the guitar moves around

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Old 30th Mar 2022, 07:15
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There’s a very talented musician known as “Dovydas” who plays on the streets in Sarasota…..he can play almost anything and has a very large following on YouTube and elsewhere.

Well worth checking him out!



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Old 30th Mar 2022, 08:21
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Musicians who can play several individual instruments (guitar, harmonica, kick drum and foot cymbal for example) simultaneously amaze me - I can't even speak and play guitar at the same time.
Bill Bailey is an exceptionally talented multi-instrumentalist/singer as well as a great comedian.



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Old 30th Mar 2022, 08:48
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Funnily enough, friend mentioned Dovydas to me in the pub last week; forgot to look him up afterwards but just taking a peek, I have seen him on YouTube before and he is indeed excellent!

Oddly enough, a regular suggestion on YouTube over the last few weeks has been "Seven Man Band" by The Association.
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I saw Cam Cole playing outside the Tate Modern in 2014,
and subsequently followed him since. Itís interesting itís taken roughly seven years of graft from him but heís now becoming Ďrecognisedí, itís quite heavy grungy stuff, but the musical talent is undeniable.
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Saw this guy, Steve Hill supporting Wishbone Ash about 6 years ago. Not really my favourite music but he was impressive.

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Old 31st Mar 2022, 06:20
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Originally Posted by jumpseater View Post
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I saw Cam Cole playing outside the Tate Modern in 2014, https://www.instagram.com/p/s0l55tlJ...dium=copy_link
and subsequently followed him since. Itís interesting itís taken roughly seven years of graft from him but heís now becoming Ďrecognisedí, itís quite heavy grungy stuff, but the musical talent is undeniable.
Took him quite a while to become an overnight sensation, then.
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Old 31st Mar 2022, 08:22
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My favourite one-man band is Richard Thompson, who not only can play several guitar parts at the same time, but sing as well! Here's a classic:

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Old 31st Mar 2022, 15:50
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Originally Posted by rans6andrew View Post
Being completely devoid of any musical ability but keen on music I am occasionally impressed by some of the buskers I find playing in public. The old style one man band where a single person plays several instruments, live, don't usually play the sort of music that appeals to my ear but I can see that they are usually very skilled. The other type, where one person plays a guitar and sings to the accompaniment of a drum machine and pre-recorded backing instruments often grab my attention. I saw one a week or two back bashing out classic rock and metal tracks from the eighties, he nailed them all. In between tracks he fiddled with a small box of tricks for a few seconds, tweaked the settings on his guitar pedals and went again.

Having seen a number of these buskers bashing out songs I just wondered whether they had played all of the instruments to create the backing track ahead of the performance or whether someone is selling the backing tracks for all of these buskers to buy?

Rans6...............
There are two guitarists at various Farmers Markets that I go to.
They each told me that they mostly make their own backing tracks using software, electronic drums, etc.
They are both quite good. One tends to rely more on electronic effects, hence many pedals.

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Old 31st Mar 2022, 18:49
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Some musicians use looping technology e.g. Ed Sheeran, KT Tunstall, and more. Some of the new gear is incredibly powerful and can do stuff like this in the right hands:

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Is nobody going to mention Roy Castle?




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DUSTER BENNETT? Admittedly, he did sometimes play with some backing musicians, but as a soloist back in the early 70's he was superb.
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Old 1st Apr 2022, 09:24
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Vague recollection that Richard Thompson appeared as a one man band during the lunch time session at the Great British Beer Festival at Earls Court many years ago... I knew the name certainly and the hat rings a bell (possibly quite literally! ).
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