music humour

The Rules of Ensemble Playing (according to students)

Image source: Thanks to my Giggle Trio (AKA Tess, Gabriel & Danielle) for sharing these rules of ensemble playing and rehearsing. It's quite the work of art, which I think applies to ALL ensembles:

  1. No knee pinching.
  2. No story telling until the end of the rehearsal.
  3. Try not to giggle so much.
  4. Listen to everybody's ideas.
  5. Pay attention.
  6. Try new stuff.
  7. If the group is getting too giggly, tell them to stop.
  8. Listen/look for each other's cues.
  9. No body checking.
  10. Have a plan.
  11. Have fun!!!!!

Personally, I think rule #9 is a classic!

(c) 2009 by The Giggle Trio, Calgary, AB, Canada. Posted with permission.

Friday Fun Link #32

Thanks to my friends Trudi and Nicola (fellow music teachers) for this one. A witty comedian does a musical sketch on Pachelbel's Canon in D. Enjoy Pachelbel Rant:

I couldn't stop laughing.

(c) 2006 by Musespeak(tm), Calgary, AB, Canada. All rights reserved.

Friday Fun Link #12

One of the most enjoyable concerts I ever attended was by Victor Borge, a Danish musical comedian. His rendition of a vocal recital is notably memorable. You can hear some sound clips of his performances at A Tribute to Victor Borge. Enjoy! © 2006, Musespeak™, Calgary, AB, Canada. All rights reserved.