Golden Rules
For Ensemble Playing

1. Everyone should play the same piece.

2. If you play a wrong note, give a nasty look to one of your partners.

3. If a passage is difficult, slow down. If it's easy, speed it up. Everything will work itself out in the end.

4. If you are completely lost, stop everyone and say, "I think we should tune."

5. If the ensemble has to stop because of you, explain in detail why you got lost. Everyone will be very interested.

6. When everyone else has finished playing, you should not play any notes you have left.

7. A wrong note played timidly is a wrong note. A wrong note played with authority is an interpretation.

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(edited by David Van Alstyne)
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