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Some rules of behaviour and practice hints for the Brass Band musician

  • At home, always store your instrument in the most inconspicuous place possible, so as to not be constantly reminded of the fact that you have to practice.
  • Always be late on rehearsals, so that your presence be especially noticed.
  • It is not important how you attach pencils, mutes, etc. to your music-desk, as long as they can fall off easily.
  • To be able to check your own tone well, always continue playing briefly after the conductor has stopped.
  • Staying away from rehearsals is an excellent way to give proof of your importance.
  • Help your fellow musicians by playing yourself so loudly, that another man's mistakes attract less attention.
  • In order to obtain yourself extra certainty, it is best to ask questions about issues that have been discussed on previous rehearsals.
  • In order to be sure that all water is thoroughly removed from all valves and slides, you should blow it out in a way that it can be well heard. It is best to do this during delicate passages.
  • Bottles of valve oil can be lost easily. It is therefore advisable to leave them at home.
  • During rehearsal, wear shoes with hard soles, to be able to tap audibly on the floor and thus help the conductor keep in time with you.
  • In order to be sure that your instrument is put away correctly in its case, it is best to start packing well before the end of the rehearsal.
  • It is not really necessary to celebrate family feasts on the day itself. You may very well move these to the evening of rehearsal.
  • Consistently refuse to play other than 1st parts. You wouldn't admit that the 2nd and 3rd parts are sometimes more difficult for you, would you?
  • Always shake your head conspicuously when other musicians make mistakes.
  • Scores can be best put away in your instrument case in a rolled up or folded manner.
  • To avoid wear and tear to the inside of your instrument, never clean it.
  • Make sure that the main tuning slide is thoroughly stuck, so that other players always have to tune up to you.
  • Never read the publications of your band. Suppose they contain senseless tips like these.