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Discussion in 'Orchestral Technique [DB]' started by Andy Mopley, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. Andy Mopley

    Andy Mopley

    Sep 24, 2011

    last night, during rehearsal, I had to sneeze. Not a big deal, given the occasion. However, it got me thinking about whether this has ever happened to you during a performance - and it may be something audible such as a simple cough - and whether, apart from obviously avoiding circumstances like allergies to dust, for example, is there an etiquette around what to do, during a performance, if this does happen. Simply get on with it, as though it was just something that happens?

    Regards to all
  2. Unavoidable - bend over behind your bass. Temporarily - wait for a loud passage. If you can survive that long you might avoid altogether with great will power. Perhaps blocking nostrils with finger. But, what to do with bow? Or, what to do with big green blob hanging from nostril and you don't have a tissue. Answer- blues in B flat????
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  3. I usually have some allergy medication with me, as well as tissues and cough drops. Almost never necessary, but it's nice to have.

    A nose pinch sometimes works, otherwise try to muffle the sound with your arm.
  4. Don't pinch off a sneeze--your head could explode.
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  5. Andy Mopley

    Andy Mopley

    Sep 24, 2011
    :bag:Exploding head OR death stare from conductor..uhmm...let me think...
  6. Meghans Dad

    Meghans Dad Supporting Member

    Oct 23, 2016
    So your in the middle of the bass solo of the chorale in Beethoven's 9th...firmly hold your nose, walk out the side door...and never return! :(
  7. Andy Mopley

    Andy Mopley

    Sep 24, 2011
    What an "exit" though!.. :)
  8. Dbass926


    Jun 20, 2005
    Philadelphia, PA
    The audience is generally aware that the orchestra members are human beings. I would say if you can avoid sneezing loudly during a sensitive moment (like a wind player's solo or a grand pause) then it's probably going to loom far larger in your mind than anyone else's...
  9. Neil Pye

    Neil Pye

    Apr 13, 2016
    Horsham, UK
    Wait for the trombones to come in....
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