10 Reasons why every bar should have a house guitar

Back in the old days, before jukeboxes, this was a common occurrence, as you really didn’t have a choice, live music or none at all and with those options the answer’s obvious, live music.  But with jukeboxes, people can listen to all their favorites, that they’ve probably heard a 1,000 times already, know all the words, can sing along and everything is just as they’ve heard it before, with zero unwelcome surprises, absolute certainty.

Of course, some places have live music, maybe 2-3 or more times a week.  But those are relatively rare as it costs money for the band, can be risky for the type of music and audience, not to mention needs a little more organization than plugging a jukebox cord into the wall.

The alternative, have a house guitar and here are 10 reasons why:

  • 1. It’s cheap: House guitars aren’t expected to be a “my precious” instrument.  $300 or less for a one time investment and you’re good to go.
  • 2. Adaptability: It can be played quietly or loudly, depending on the audience.  Play in the corner, outside, on a stage if available, you can adjust at will according to the reception it’s getting.  If good, everyone will be quiet to listen.  If not so good, everyone will start talking and it’ll be drowned out.
  • 3. No organization is needed: People that can play show up or they don’t, you don’t have to worry about schedules, getting a large enough audience or anything related to a more formalized show.
  • 4. Diamonds in the rough: You’d be surprised how many random people you meet that can not only play, but will end up blowing your mind with what they can play.  Sometimes it’s a story you’ve never heard before, a style of playing or a combination of both.
  • 5. Attract an audience: Most people that are alive appreciate live music in any way, shape or form.  Maybe not directly up close, but walking by on a street and hearing something inside can be like moths to a flame.
  • 6. Camaraderie: Have more than one person that can play, all the better.  You can pass the guitar from one person to the next, each playing 2-3 tunes or more as appropriate.
  • 7. Something new: Enough repetition of anything is boring, even your favorite song after listening to it 1,000’s of times and you’ll be desperate for something, anything, that’s new or different.  Providing an environment to encourage the strange will be a refreshing change for anyone that’s been there, done that.
  • 8. It’s unique: Now that jukeboxes have virtually eliminated the impromptu live music sessions, bringing it back can be as much of an attraction as jukeboxes were when they first appeared.  A novelty re-born from the spinning wheel of change.
  • 9. Side benefits: Just like any attraction, getting people in or started is usually the first and hardest step but once there, the rest can take care of itself.  Such as eventually people get thirsty, hungry or both.
  • 10. It’s fun: Playing in this type of style make the public place turn into something more intimate, similar to somebody playing at a house party.  And while it may not be perfect, people will screw up, mix things up, struggle through some song they barely know, those are the moments that you usually have the most fun with and rarely regret having been a part of.

And how does this fit into having your own networks with Odysen?  Simply a connection of like minded individuals and the activities they commonly share, such as:

  • Small businesses: Have your own network just for you and your colleagues.   You can share a variety of reference content, organize projects and more.
  • Musicians: Upload and share your tunes in the Audio application, have separate networks for different audiences as appropriate for your songs.  Others can listen to a collection on continuous play and add comments for feedback.

Take a tour to learn more, including getting started, organizing your networks, using the applications and getting support if needed.

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Founder and CEO of Odysen, involved with different writing and music freelancing activities, and have previously worked for larger technology businesses in the US, Europe and Asia.