This might be unusual for this forum, as I'm not talking about solo a la Victor Wooten, but as a singer/songwriter, on guitar or piano. I've been writing and recording since the early 90's, but have only recently felt "good enough" to present my material in and of itself. I've always played bass and etc. in everyone else's band, which I love, but - it's time. So I'm just opening the floor to any comments and advice geared towards solo acts. My thinking is that starting an original band (and ive played in several) is the wrong way to go. I'm looking at small venues I can play, and even considering playing for gourmet dinner + tips + merch. I don't necessarily see this as devaluation. Right now, I need as much exposure as possible. Basically like brand building, word of mouth,etc. Thoughts?