Rule no. 6 of collaborative playing: If everyone is lost except you, follow those who are lost
Most community music groups have packed up for the summer. As a parting thought, I thought I'd share a funny little list of dos and don'ts posted by ArtsJournal blogger Chloe Veltman.
Any amateur musician can relate to something here:
1. Everyone should try to play the same piece.
2. If you play a wrong note, give a nasty look to one of the other players.
3. A repeat sign means everyone should stop and discuss in detail whether to repeat that section or not.
4. If the ensemble has to stop because of you, explain in detail why you got lost. Everyone will be immensely interested.
5. If you are completely lost, stop everyone and say: "I think we should tune."
6. If everyone is lost except you, follow those who are lost.
7. If everyone else has finished playing, do not play any notes you have left over.