I received a call today requesting some guitars for a homeless shelter here in Lynchburg.
They are developing a program to teach guitar for those they serve.
If you have an acoustic guitar that is in playable condition and you are willing to donate it to bring a little musical joy to those far less fortunate that you, give me a call at 434 609 3672.
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Funny thing about being a musician and not having time to practice. I have spent the last two weeks implementing new ideas for my teaching business. I am very excited to be able to more for my students than ever before. However, my practicing has taken a backseat to all of the other activities I am doing to implement the new ideas.
I think I have practiced a total of 2 hours over the past ten days.
Most people think that musicians spend a lot of time just playing music; well, not so much. As a performing musician, we would need to do a lot of promotion and planning of events and other logistics. As a teacher, we need to engage in all the same activities just with different types of customers with different needs.
Teaching and performing are often the part-time, fun jobs we do after the regular 9-5 of developing opportunities to play or teach.
Wednesday, May 13, Eric H. and I played for the Lynchburg Parks and Recreation’s 50+ group. We played a 30 minute set of jazz in the pavilion at Jefferson Park. We had not yet been to Jefferson Park and found it to be a very nice park with a recreation center. Our audience seemed to appreciate our playing and the provided lunch was wonderful.
I had never played an outdoor acoustic gig before the Jefferson Park affair. I had a really difficult time hearing my guitar. I could hear Eric just fine. I forgot to ask if his perspective was the opposite of mine; could he hear me more than himself?
My family and I went to Richmond this weekend per Celeste’s request to go there for her birthday. While there, we saw a few musicians playing on the sidewalk. One had his case open the way he was supposed to if he expects any tips, but was not playing. The others were playing but had no tip jar or open case. The thought occured to me that Eric and I could rub enough brain cells together to play and have a tip receipt area in the same instance.
Any suggestions for our first busking site?