When I checked out the Martin 000-15SM it turned out to be full of surprises. I figured it would be a decent enough guitar since I’ve never played a bad Martin, but after spending some time with it and seeing the very reasonable price tag I definitely became a believer.
For starters, the 000-15SM is a great looking axe. I’m a sucker for a deep chocolate mahogany, which is almost what the entire guitar is made of. The dark fingerboard of the modified low oval neck is made of South American morado, and is pretty wide (2 1/4” at the 12th fret where the neck joins the body). The wider string spacing on this relatively flat neck makes for easy playing, and it’s also great for slide.
Busking Basics: Natalie Gelman’s Steps for Successful Street Performing
Busking hones your chops for every aspect of a live show and the skills you need to make it successful, especially for an independent musician just starting out.
Looking for a great spot to busk is just like booking a tour and it involves researching venues, the time of the week, the city and routing so you wind up with a gig at a genre appropriate venue on a night people are likely to come out.
First, research the city’s rules around street performing. Then watch and talk to other buskers and study what seems to work for them. Generally, a good space is centrally located with lots of continuous foot traffic and a captive audience.
However, not every spot is good all day every day. Notice what is around the location – is it a blue-collar crowd where you should play during their lunch hour, near a college where afternoons might be better or a hip part of town where late evening is okay? Time and location also depends on the kind of person you are. If you’re a mellow acoustic performer, late evening might actually be a great fit as people wind down from the day. I kept a journal with the location, weekday, time of day and details on CD sales, tips, and overall success to see where my time was best spent.