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Citrus
10-20-2009, 04:03 PM
I was playing down at the farmers market and made $2.15! I thought that was great and then I remembered I had put 2 dollars in the hat to get it going =/

I has a sad. Stingy milledgevillians!

bt93
10-20-2009, 04:07 PM
congrats!!

Ukulele JJ
10-20-2009, 04:09 PM
Hey, fifteen cents is fifteen cents!

Now you're officially a professional. Congrats! :cool:

JJ

bunnyflower
10-20-2009, 04:09 PM
Well.. there's the 15 cents... that's, um, almost a parking meter? Three pieces of gum at a high school football concession stand?

It's not nothing! And, you got to spend some time making pretty music.

therimidalv
10-20-2009, 04:24 PM
I agree, your 15 cents is much more than I'm making with my uke so congrats to you!:)

wickedwahine11
10-20-2009, 05:29 PM
You're fifteen cents ahead of me! :D

generem
10-20-2009, 06:56 PM
im so jealous. I have to bribe my wife money to stay and hear me play :o

ricdoug
10-20-2009, 07:59 PM
Outstanding, Citrus! You'll remember that 15 cents and share that story for years to come. You've now taken the first step. Always take the time to talk with your small audiences as they pass by. Let them know you're just starting and ask what songs and artists they would like to hear. Then learn them! This way you start to build a book of favorites. Many of these people frequent the farmers markets and will stop by to see how you're doing. When you learn their songs, invite them on to your "stage" to sing along. Learn some childrens songs, like the Barney song. Amplify your voice and uke, if possible. Most artists use a small P.A. setup at these busking venues. Something as simple as a Vox DA5, or as advanced as a Roland Cube Street wil both allow you to amplify both your ukulele and your voice. Here's a couple of photos of my setups, both solo and for a group at a local farmers market:

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/RolandAmp1.JPG

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/RolandAmp1.JPG

http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/RolandAmp2.JPG

retrozombi
10-21-2009, 12:42 AM
Fifteen cents, and yet I'm still jealous. :D

deach
10-21-2009, 01:32 AM
That's awesome!

jmmquah
10-21-2009, 01:47 AM
Well done...keep it up!

grappler
10-21-2009, 01:52 AM
Great job man!
awesome work

UKISOCIETY
10-21-2009, 01:53 AM
Someone gave up some hard-earned money because you played the uke? EXCELLENT!!!

SailQwest
10-21-2009, 02:32 AM
Way to go!

tozan
10-21-2009, 04:18 AM
Congrats!
A few more times and you can buy another ukulele.

mailman
10-21-2009, 06:30 AM
I'm pretty sure my wife would be willing to pay me to quit playing....

Same thing....right? :o

Captain_Lovehandles
10-21-2009, 07:04 AM
Citrus, you are the man! :worship:
I have a cool story along these same lines, but I can't tell it quite yet.

ukecantdothat
10-21-2009, 08:05 AM
Cha-ching!!! You are now a professional. Don't forget to report it to the IRS!

seeso
10-21-2009, 08:07 AM
I'll take 10% as your manager! :D

veep
10-21-2009, 08:10 AM
congrats!!

ukecantdothat
10-21-2009, 08:14 AM
Citrus, you are the man! :worship:
I have a cool story along these same lines, but I can't tell it quite yet.
C'mon, Captain! Out with it!
Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana - Let the story be told!

Captain_Lovehandles
10-21-2009, 08:22 AM
When I do, you'll see why I can't. Very soon.

sukie
10-21-2009, 08:24 AM
fifteen centses add up!

ukecantdothat
10-21-2009, 08:24 AM
When I do, you'll see why I can't. Very soon.
Must be a doozie. Can't wait...

Citrus
10-21-2009, 08:40 AM
hehe, I just checked back on this for the first time since I made this thread, thanks for the support :p

I would have told people I was a beginner but I was mostly playing Jake S./Dominator stuff so I don't think they would have believed me!

Of course to put this in perspective, the stand I was working at only made $2 in the time I was working there (in retrospect I might get more to try and get paid gigs rather than just having a tip jar), and I made a little old lady who told me she used to play ukulele which was pretty cool. Oddly enough even despite all my really technical playing the song people seemed to like most was a really simple rendition of "Everyday" by buddy holly. Also my night got a whole lot better because I went to acoustic night afterwards and ended up playing the same song (I will follow you into the dark by deathcab for cutie) as the girl who came on after me. This was after we had decided on making a duet at some point so I think it's some kind of sign of some sort. But I'm gullible when it comes to that sort of things.

Seeso, I'll get you your 1.5 cents when we meet next! One of my bucket list items is to do a cross-america documentary of meeting up with my favorite ukers and you're up near the top of the list! Also I played a couple of your songs so I think I owe you another .5 cents in royalties

Captain_Lovehandles
10-21-2009, 09:02 AM
Post your paypal address and I'll send another .15. Who else is in?

RevWill
10-21-2009, 09:05 AM
You're lucky. 20 cents and you're in a higher tax bracket.

Playscool39
10-21-2009, 12:26 PM
a beautiful start of a pro career:)

seeso
10-21-2009, 02:10 PM
Seeso, I'll get you your 1.5 cents when we meet next! One of my bucket list items is to do a cross-america documentary of meeting up with my favorite ukers and you're up near the top of the list! Also I played a couple of your songs so I think I owe you another .5 cents in royalties

Cha-ching! :D

ogikloavailable
10-21-2009, 02:33 PM
awesome dude :D

scottie
10-21-2009, 03:47 PM
I absolutely love busking. . . it's funny, kids are drawn to the music but their parents are always pulling them away. . . like listening to me will make them hate school or some other pernicious influence. . . and I love to laugh at the people who make snide comments about getting a job. . . 'cause I have one of those. . . hate it. . . but I do it anyway. . .

I usually get somewhere around $15 - 20.00 for a couple of hours of performance practice, which is always a good thing, plus it's made me much less nervous about playing on stage.

Busking with a uke will be a hoot, I can't wait till spring.

SeePM
10-21-2009, 05:18 PM
Great job! Funner than most day jobs for sure.