- Everyone should play the same piece.
- Stop at every repeat sign and discuss in detail whether to take the repeat or not. The audience will love this a lot!
- If you play a wrong note, give a nasty look to one of your partners.
- Keep your fingering chart handy. You can always catch up with the others.
- Carefully tune your instrument before playing. That way you can play out of tune all night with a clear conscience.
- Take your time turning pages.
- The right note at the wrong time is a wrong note (and vice versa).
- If everyone gets lost except you, follow those who get lost.
- Strive to get the maximum NPS (note per second). That way you gain the admiration of the incompetent.
- Markings for slurs, dynamics and ornaments should not be observed. They are only there to embellish the score.
- If a passage is difficult, slow down. If it's easy, speed it up. Everything will work itself out in the end.
- If you are completely lost, stop everyone and say, "I think we should tune".
- Happy are those who have not perfect pitch, for the kingdom of music is theirs.
- If the ensemble has to stop because of you, explain in detail why you got lost. Everyone will be very interested.
- A true interpretation is realized when there remains not one note of the original.
- When everyone else has finished playing, you should not play any notes you have left.
- A wrong note played timidly is a wrong note. A wrong note played with authority is an interpretation.
Friday, 25 July 2008
Monday, 21 July 2008
Thursday, 17 July 2008
- the order placed with a supplier for an item which went out of print after I placed the order, only they didn't bother to tell me, just marked my order "complete" (!?) and forgot about it
- the order placed by phone but promptly lost by the supplier and so not actioned
- the supplier who dispatched an order later than they normally do, but in this case I really need something in the parcel, plus put inadequate postage on it which meant it took 4 days to arrive
Monday, 14 July 2008
- work when I like
- have a cup of tea when I like
- get out in the fresh air every day when I take my parcels to the post office on foot, being environmentally friendly
- the view from my window (right)
- becoming addicted to checking my orders at all times of the day and night
- boxes in my house
- no office cleaner to tidy up after me!
So, I have a small office with a view of trees and birds, and a nice plant on the windowsill. It's certainly better than a crowded office in a city, with a view of walls of other buildings! Home working isn't for everyone, but it does work for me.