Golden Rules For Ensemble Playing
- Everyone should play the same piece.
- Stop at every repeat sign and discuss in detail whether to take the
repeat or not. The audience will love this a lot!
- If you play a wrong note, give a nasty look to one of your partners.
- Keep your fingering chart handy. You can always catch up with the
- Carefully tune your instrument before playing. That way you can play
out of tune all night with a clear conscience.
- Take your time turning pages.
- The right note at the wrong time is a wrong note (and vice-versa).
- If everyone gets lost except you, follow those who get lost.
- Strive to get the maximum NPS (note per second). That way you gain the
admiration of the incompetent.
- Markings for slurs, dynamics and ornaments should not be observed.
They are there only to embellish the score.
- If a passage is difficult, slow down. If it's easy, speed it up.
Everything will work itself out in the end.
- If you are completely lost, stop everyone and say, "I think we should tune."
- Happy are those who have not perfect pitch, for the kingdom of music is theirs.