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 at the performer next to you.
- Keep your bass button diagram handy – You can always catch up with the others.
- 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 that get lost.
- Strive to get the maximum NPS (notes per second). That way you gain the admiration of the incompetent.
- Marks for slurs, dynamics and ornaments should not be observed. They are only there 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.
- A wrong note played timidly is a wrong note. A wrong note played with authority is an interpretation.
- When everyone else has finished playing, you should not play any notes you have left.
- The conductor WILL stop waving their arms – when the music stops.