One man bands: Why do you do it?

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  1. fezz parka

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    No scheduling hassles.
    You can rehearse all during the week. Ten minutes to spare and a guitar nearby: run through a few tunes.
    Easier to add new tunes--fewer people to teach them to.
    There's a lot of gigs where there isn't physical room or volume allowance for more than one.
    You keep all the money.
    The sound mix is generally...perfect.

    I do acoustic guitar instrumentals with live looping.
     
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    Bahaha that clip is excellent. I've done restaurant gigs with tracks before... Payout for a single band member is great! And what a hassle it would be to have full band in such a strange, smaller, venue that isn't setup for live music? Simple pa- tracks- acoustic? Ez.

    I love playing with people though and the one man jams are usually just cash gigs and I've not done many in the past few years.
     
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    No drama from band member girlfriends, unless it's yours.
     
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    They're easy. I can do what I want with the songs - cover or original, do whatever the hell I want and nothing can possibly go wrong for me.
    The bass dude won't mess it up. The drummer won't just drum right through my whole quiet section.

    Way easier to get gigs as a solo acoustic guy too - more money as well.

    Whilst I enjoy doing solo gigs a lot, I have to admit I have more fun playing with other people.. I find the band stuff more fun - it's more of a risk, but it's more fun for me.

    Solo stuff is just too easy though - especially since now I'm playing loads of rockabilly stuff, I don't really need to learn a whole lot of different stuff - I just learn a few licks I can throw in here and there and essentially play the same thing all night, and people love it.

    E, A and B are the best (with a capo).
     
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    No one ever frowns at you when you deviate from the set list.
    After 30 years of bands and gigs, I mostly just record now. When recording, I work with a drummer, but once his tracks are done it's just me. And I like it that way. :D
     
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    One of the GREATEST movies of all time!
     
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    I can keep all the money I get. Sometimes I make tens of dollars!
     
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    Busk. Because I are.

    But also, becudz.

    But also what the other folks said.

    Solo (Onanistic?) performance can be an autosatisfactory experience or a genuine expression of where you at, shared individually with with others. You and yours mutually choose and that is what makes it musical IMO. That and the reaction to that, is music.

    Else...Carry on (carrion).
     
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    I thought the OP was talking about this:

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    I do solo acoustic shows sometimes because I really enjoy gigging of any kind and there are some songs that don't fit my bands that I like to play in public.

    Peace,
     

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