Busking Set Up

Rattlin' Bones

Gold Member
That's actually going to be a load to carry because of the cajon. You don't need it. You don't need hats for busking, either. Just use snare + ride cymbal and go have fun. Don't make it too complicated. I saw a great duo in NOLA every nite. Jazz guitar player with little speaker/amp and car battery for power. Played with a female drummer just snare and ride. Used brushes 90% of the time. They sounded great and made money.

Rock Salad

Junior Member
Where you going to do this makes a difference. I used to go out once upon a time, and yup, the setup I saw most (I was playing guitar then,) was snare only, and snare, ride. Or buckets
Some guys took whole four pice kits out but I think they had some kind of license or something.
You definately want to be able to pick up and leave out quick


When I busk, I run a snare and brushes... That's it. You could also put together something like the guy from Too Many Zooz

Or throw it all out the window and get a washboard... Then add bells, blocks, cymbals, whatever.

Think outside the box, use this as an opportunity to revisit your groove outside of the comfort zone of your normal drums.