What songs to play in coffee houses?

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What songs to play in coffee houses?

#1 Post by Ryan Layton » Sun Jul 24, 2005 9:30 am

I've recently started playing acoutic guitar and singing in coffee shops. I've had a very good response and people really like the stuff I'm playing. My problem is that I've run out of ideas for stuff to play. I can't go on doing the same stuff over and over again, so I need some help picking new songs to learn. Any ideas?

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#2 Post by vaicantation » Sun Jul 24, 2005 10:00 am

Metaphor from In Flames maybe? Obviously all guitar, no violins
Amen Omen - Ben Harper

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#3 Post by Vegas_Blues » Sun Jul 24, 2005 10:32 am

Zakk Wylde - Sold My Soul for You

....from Book of Shadows....great acoustic album, great songs to play live, check it out!

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#4 Post by Ryan Layton » Sun Jul 24, 2005 10:35 am

Well, that is the kind of stuff I wanted to kind of stay away from. I really need to be learning things that the audience will know. Thank you for the suggestion though.

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#5 Post by gargendie » Sun Jul 24, 2005 6:43 pm

I've been doing 80's metal,pop,and punk covers done James Taylor style.

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#6 Post by dzdncnfsd » Sun Jul 24, 2005 7:06 pm

anything by jack johnson, very coffee house style

james taylor, jeff buckley, leo kottke maybe...?

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#7 Post by Luan » Sun Jul 24, 2005 7:27 pm

Any song by Britney spears.

nah, learn a Pat metheny's song.

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#8 Post by Red Hair » Sun Jul 24, 2005 9:24 pm

try to stick to slow blues or slow jazz... people in a coffee shop like slow music to chill to.... also... be sure to read your crowd... you will be able to tell what kind of music they like by studying the people around you.

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#9 Post by jmchambers5 » Sun Jul 24, 2005 9:34 pm

There's an old Jazz tune called Black Coffee that's great, and Another old blues tune called Your mind is on vacation and your mouth is working overtime that always goes over well because of clever lyrics. The second one is on iTunes for sure, and black coffee may be. Or if you're down with the illegal thing (which i'm not), i'm sure you could find them somewhere too.

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#10 Post by kpxmikey89 » Sun Jul 24, 2005 11:01 pm

jimi hendrix stuff (must)
eric clapton stuff

led zep
some larry carlton tunes
usally liike jazz/blues stuff

easy on the distortion in cofee shops tho

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#11 Post by <will> » Mon Jul 25, 2005 12:43 am

i'd say
Steve Vai - Fuck Yourself
that would go treat :P

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#12 Post by stu_hig » Mon Jul 25, 2005 2:14 am

:lol: Perfect Will!

Check out some Oasis. Thats what I play all the time! :)

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#13 Post by Luan » Mon Jul 25, 2005 11:43 am

<will> wrote:i'd say
Steve Vai - Fuck Yourself
that would go treat :P
Yes, people will ask you to stop playing it, because it is soo emotive that they want to cry.

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#14 Post by Ryan Layton » Mon Jul 25, 2005 1:53 pm

i do some zep and some pink floyd. a little simon and garfunkel, oasis, jeff buckley, fleetwood mac, and james taylor.

i would like to do some jazz, so thanks for those suggestions.

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#15 Post by James W » Mon Jul 25, 2005 5:42 pm

Radiohead. The Smiths. Nick Drake.

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