Naughty boys!!

Discussion in 'Bass Humor [DB]' started by David Potts, Jul 10, 2008.

  1. What we used to do to relieve boredom years ago!! Are you young guys far too serious to do anything like this?

    Pencil marks on finger boards are useful but a bit dangerous in an orchestra with a section of practical jokers! We once spotted someone marking his fingerboard in thumb position with a note for a loud exposed entry. When he wasn't looking we moved the pencil mark!

    Some other stunts were
    - pulling out or putting in the end pin, or tuning up or down a string while a player excused themselves for a comfort stop. Low C was always a prime target.
    - if the bow was tucked under the E string undo the frog, wrap the hair around the string and do up the frog again
    - if the bow was resting in the bridge during a long rest remove it carefully while the player wasn't looking and tuck it under another's E string
    - if someone took off their shoes, subtract one quietly and pass it around the orchestra
    - a brass practice mute dropped "by accident" at precisely the right moment

    A definition of a "S#%t Sandwich" - a program containing an Australian contemporary piece wedged between two old European master works, definitely a trigger for the above behaviour!



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