Some Coffee Shop Music

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by AlexTheInsane, Apr 21, 2012.

  1. AlexTheInsane


    Oct 7, 2010
    My guitarist friend plays at a coffee shop every Saturday and asked me to join. He plays an acoustic, but is start using an electric soon.\

    My questions is what would be some good songs for a coffee shop type environment?

    Thank you!
  2. JonnyAngle

    JonnyAngle Dropping Acid Pedal Etching .com Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 24, 2008
    Maple Grove, MN
    Most coffee shops require original music since they don't pay ASCAP
  3. For real?

    I've been playing a lot of cover material - and it's definitely NOT mine - at various Cheese & Wine cafes for years.

    I always thought that any LIVE performance that isn't broadcast is safe to play. This was in Lawyer-Land (SoCal) and I've never had any problems.

    I DO know if a live radio broadcast of the music were to go out over the air, even if it's in the background during an interview on-air, then that's a big problem.

    WMGM Radio in NYC had a problem with that once when I was playing at George Silverman's Streamliner. Gussie Moran or possibly Bea Cavendish (the talking heads on that show) had an open mic and they got a serious fine and wrist slap for it.

    Otherwise I don't think the music cops have any say in it.
  4. AlexTheInsane


    Oct 7, 2010
    This isn't a "major" coffee shop, a hole in the wall type of place, it's real mellow and laid back.

    The majority of what is played there are covers. The owners have no problem with it and the people enjoy it.
  5. Tupac


    May 5, 2011
  6. Why didn't you note that that was a RHCP video? I wouldn't have needed to waste the time I needed to turn it off before it loaded.

    That's just as bad as someone sneaking a RUSH vid into the mix.

    YUCK. :spit:
  7. Stilettoprefer


    Nov 26, 2010
    Get a couple Real (easy?) books. They're full of short jazz standards that have the chords written out for soloing, and even have a written walking bass line.

    I'm in an improv jazz combo that just reads stuff out of those books and we all take solo's over the chords. It's fun, good for coffee shop crowds, and it makes you a better musician.
  8. dvlmusic


    Jul 24, 2010
    Alameda, CA
    I've found that most coffee shops don't care what you play as long as you play. I've never seen an ASCAP or BMI rep standing at the back of the place making notes on who to sue... That being said there's always that one place that has a stick up their a** about playing covers, so if you're worried, check with the manager/owner.
  9. bassistjoe93

    bassistjoe93 Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2011
    "Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop" by Landon Pigg.

    The bass can grab some sweet harmony stuff to the main melody line. I've played it on the acoustic guitar a couple of times live and people really seemed to dig it. It's also super laid back.
  10. I remember that song! I was born that year - 1946 - and the song came out that year.

    Although I was very young, in 1948-50 we lived in Guantanamo, Cuba and the song was being played then and I remember our cook singing it to me.

    Thanks for that - my parents - both deceased now - and I had some nice times in Cuba in those days - and you got me into some nice memories.

    One I particularly liked was Peggy Lee singing: "MaƱana".

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  11. AlexTheInsane


    Oct 7, 2010
    Any books that you suggest in particular?

    Just listened to that song and I really like it, it would fit the venuw very well.
  12. dvlmusic


    Jul 24, 2010
    Alameda, CA
    Real Book 1 and Real Book 2 are where it's at. See if you can find the 5th edition... any edition after that and it's published by Hal Leonard (they didn't have the rights to print all the tunes so 6th and beyond editions are heavily edited). I've got both books as PDF files if you want them (just send me a message). I like the PDFs because you can just print out the tunes you want to play without having to drag two huge books along. Of course, the advantage of having the full book is playing anything on the fly... Your choice.