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Thread: I need a list of songs that might be requested at a coffee shop

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    I need a list of songs that might be requested at a coffee shop

    YEah..the title says it.I'm starting playing at a good size coffee shop/acoustic venue.And for about 45 mins,it's all requests.SO i just need a list of songs such asfire and rain by james taylor,Body is a wonderland by john mayer..things of that nature that might be requested.If you have time please feel free to make a long list.Also they can be classics(like some john denver) or more current stuff(jack johnson) stuff, just as long as i can play it on acoustic guitar.THanks so much.

    Trev

    PS.I can play pretty much any thing so if it's a hard song it's ok.O yeah and if you know some good instrumental pieces thad be cool(michael hedges,trace bundy,justin king..etc...things of that nature).THANKS!!

    PSS.Last thing,if any of you have played at a place like this some good stage presence tips are welcome.Or ways to get the audience a little more into it.THANKS AGAIN

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    Quote Originally Posted by Friday
    PS.I can play pretty much any thing so if it's a hard song it's ok.O yeah and if you know some good instrumental pieces thad be cool(michael hedges,trace bundy,justin king..etc...things of that nature).THANKS!!

    PSS.Last thing,if any of you have played at a place like this some good stage presence tips are welcome.Or ways to get the audience a little more into it.THANKS AGAIN
    Since I know neither your style nor what might be expected at that particular venue, it would be difficult to offer song suggestions. However, since you say you can play just about anything, I assume you already have a pretty fair repertoire. I would say play what you know, and what you like first time out. As people make requests, "play em if you know em", and if you don't know them, make a note of the song and tell them you'll learn for next time "Just for you!". Who knows, it might bring in some repeat business that wouldn't normally come back to see you. The proprietors might like that.

    A great instrumental? Asturias. You can find the tab and midi file here;
    http://www.classtab.org/

    Just my thoughts on the matter.
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    I would definitely have the jazz standard "Black Coffee" on the list...

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    and "Brown Sugar"...

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    Yeah, that one will also be requested all the time

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    and possibly anything by "Cream"...

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    Perhaps a few corny songs in this list, but it's what people like.

    Tears In Heaven - Clapton
    To Be With You - Mr Big
    More Than Words - Extreme
    Two Steps Behind - Def Leppard
    Norwegian Wood - The Beatles
    Aint No Sunshine
    Greensleeves
    Any Simon & Garfunkel
    Catch The Wind - Donovan

    Also, I used to do coffee shop gigs with another guitar player and when we ran out of numbers we would scribble down a couple of easy diatonic chord progressions and have chances soloing over it. We would just do these throw ins as instrumentals and as long as you play well, the audience thinks you're playing something they don't know.

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    Just another tip. Make sure you have lighting if the venue doesn't provide. It's easy and cheap enough to fit spotlights on a piece of wood. There is nothing worse than sitting in some dingy corner, where nobody can see you. Lighting also creates a visual focus point and will add a lot of atmosphere to your playing.

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    Jason mraz is both relaxing & upbeat. My BF & I like his music a lot.
    We both feel he would be great coffee house music!

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    I find it's best to have a mix of the favourites people request a lot and songs that they aren't expecting...Anyways, here's a list of some acoustic tunes you could do:

    Englishman in New York --the Police

    No Excuses -- Alice In Chains

    Take A Picture -- Filter

    Where Is My Mind?--the Pixies

    Harvest Moon, Heart of Gold, The Needle and the Damage Done--Neil Young

    Drug Buddy, It's A Shame About Ray--the Lemonheads

    Little Wing, Hey Joe--Jimi Hendrix

    Waiting In Vain, Could You Be Loved, No Woman No Cry--Bob Marley

    Creep, Plush, Big Empty--Stone Temple Pilots

    Drown, Cherub Rock, 1979--The Smashing Pumpkins

    Whiskey Bottle--Uncle Tupelo

    Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, Misty Mountain Hop--Led Zeppelin
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    Here's a few that'll work...I say this 'cos they worked for me.

    One More Cup Of Coffee
    Feel Like Makin' Love (Bad Co.)
    Heart Of Gold
    Lyin' Eyes
    Spaceball Ricochet
    American Pie
    Come Up & See Me
    Like A Hurricane
    Faith
    Walk On The Wild Side
    Streets Of London

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    THanks

    Hey everyone,thx for the tips and songs.I played my first session saturday,it went great and only had 8 requests and I knew 7 of them.So yeah,thanks!

    Trev

    Oh and keep the lists coming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Friday
    Hey everyone,thx for the tips and songs.I played my first session saturday,it went great and only had 8 requests and I knew 7 of them.So yeah,thanks!

    Trev

    Oh and keep the lists coming.
    Quid pro quo Mr. Friday, quid pro quo. What were the songs that were requested?
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    Listen to a commercial radio station for an hour.. learn those 3 songs
    Its not the techniques you use, but the music you make.

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