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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
- 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.