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Handpan Playing on the Street!

Title: Becoming a Street Musician: Tips for Beginners


The decision to perform as a busker for the first time marks an exciting step in your musical journey. Deniz and Joris, both seasoned buskers, have played on the streets for years and built wonderful connections there. Our finest performances began on the streets, and we would like to share the valuable lessons and experiences we gained.

Playing on the streets is not only a chance to showcase your musical talent, but it also provides a unique opportunity for personal development. It is a learning journey in which you not only perform for diverse audiences, but also grow as an artist and further develop your handpan playing.

In this blog, we share valuable tips for budding buskers to make your experience as successful and enjoyable as possible.

  1. Choose the Right Location:It all starts with the right location. Choose a place with high foot traffic, such as busy shopping streets, plazas, or parks. Make sure you are in a place where people can stop to listen for a moment without blocking the passage.
  2. Know the Rules:Before you begin, it is crucial to understand the local regulations regarding street music. Some cities require permits, while others allocate certain areas specifically for street performers. Stick to the rules to avoid any problems.
  3. Invest in Portable Equipment:Make use of portable and battery-powered equipment to amplify your sound. A compact amplifier can make all the difference in crowded environments and ensure that passersby can hear your music clearly.
  4. Be Prepared for All Weather Conditions:The weather can be unpredictable, so make sure you are prepared. Protection from rain and sun, comfortable clothing and a solid surface for your instrument are essential.
  5. Interact with the Audience:Make eye contact, smile and thank people who stop to listen, even if they don’t donate. Building a connection with your audience increases the likelihood that they will stay and enjoy your music.
  6. Play What You Feel:While recognizable songs always work well, especially with the handpan that people love, we recommend playing mostly in your own flow. Unleash your passion and creativity and enjoy playing music that truly touches you.
  7. Create an Attractive Presentation:Make your performance visually appealing. Use a rug or banner with your stage name and make sure your surroundings are neat and organized. A professional look attracts more attention.
  8. Have a Way to Receive Donations:Make it easy for people to express their appreciation with an easy-to-use way to receive donations. An open guitar case, a sign with your online payment information or even QR codes can be effective methods.


Becoming a busker requires courage, but it can be a rewarding experience. With these tips, you’ll be well on your way to making your musical journey on the streets a success. Unleash your creativity and enjoy every moment of your street performance!