Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Cut Time: The sudden realization that everyone else is playing twice as fast as you are.
Accelerando: What happens when drummers have to keep a steady beat.
Accidentals: The wrong notes.
Fermata: A chance for the conductor to catch their breath while attempting to make the tuba player pass out.
Key Change: A change in the tonal center of a piece that takes place 3-5 measures after it is written in the music.
Tempo Change: Signal for musicians to ignore the conductor.
Trumpet Player: A person who thinks that every note has 8va written above it.
Trombone: A device that has the same pitch as the baritone, except that it is played with a slide, so it is easier to forget the positions.
Tuba: A compound word; "Hey woman, fetch me another tuba Preparation-H!"
Woodwinds: Proof that God has a sense of humor.