How do you get two piccolo players to play in perfect unison?
What’s the definition of a minor second?
Two oboists playing in perfect unison.
What’s the difference between an oboe and an onion?
No one cries when you chop up an oboe.
What’s the difference between a bassoon and a trampoline?
You take off your shoes when you jump on a trampoline.
Why did the chicken cross the road?
To get away from the bassoon recital.
Why do clarinets leave their cases on the dashboard?
So they can park in the handicapped zones.
What is “perfect pitch”?
When you lob a clarinet into a toilet without hitting the rim.
What’s the definition of a nerd?
Someone who owns his own alto clarinet.
What do you call a bass clarinetist with half a brain?
What’s the difference between a lawn mower and a soprano sax?
You can tune a lawn mower, and the neighbors are upset if you borrow a lawn mower and don’t return it.
If you were lost in the woods, who would you trust for directions: an in-tune tenor sax player, an out-of-tune tenor sax player, or Santa Claus?
The out-of-tune tenor sax player. The other two indicate you are hallucinating.
How do you make a chain saw sound like a baritone sax?
How many trumpet players does it take to change a light bulb?
Five. One to handle the bulb, and the other four to tell him how much better they could have done it.
How do you make a trombone sound like a French horn?
Stick your hand in the bell and play all the wrong notes.
What’s the difference between a dead trombonist in the road and a dead country singer in the road?
The country singer might have been on his way to a recording session.
How do you improve the aerodynamics of a trombonist’s car?
Take the Domino’s Pizza sign off the roof.
What kind of calendar does a trombonist use for his gigs?
What’s the difference between a dead snake in the road and a dead trombonist in the road?
Skid marks in front of the snake.
What’s the range of a tuba?
About twenty yards, if you have a good arm.
What a tuba for?
1-1/2“ by 3-1/2”.
What do you call someone who hangs around with musicians?
What does a timpanist say when he gets to work?
“Would you like fries with that, sir?”
What did the drummer get on his I.Q. test?
How many drummers does it take to change a light bulb?
None. They have machines to do that now.
“Hey, buddy, how late does the band play?”
“Oh, about a half a beat behind the drummer.”
How can you tell when a drummer is at your door?
The knock gets faster.
How do you get a rhythm guitarist to play softer?
Give him music to read.
How long does a harp stay in tune?
About twenty minutes, or until someone opens the door.
Why are a violinist’s fingers like lightning?
They rarely strike the same spot twice.
How can you tell if a violin is out of tune?
The bow is moving.
Why is a violinist like a scud missile?
Both are offensive and inaccurate.
Why do violists use for birth control?
How do you make a violin sound like a viola?
Sit in the back and don’t play.
What’s the difference between a violist and a dog?
The dog knows when to stop scratching.
Did you hear about the violist who bragged he could play thirty-second notes?
The rest of the orchestra didn’t believe him, so he proved it by playing one.
Why are violins smaller than violas?
They really are the same size, but the violinists’ heads are bigger.
What’s the difference between a cello and a viola?
The cello burns longer.
What’s the difference between violists and terrorists?
Terrorists have sympathizers.
How do you make a cello sound beautiful?
Sell it and buy a violin.
What’s the difference between a cello and a coffin?
The coffin has the corpse inside.
Why are orchestra intermissions limited to 20 minutes?
So you don’t have to retrain the cellists.
Why did the string bass player get mad at the timpanist?
He turned a peg and wouldn’t tell him which one.
Did you hear about the string bass player?
He was so bad, even his section noticed.
How many string bass players does it take to change a light bulb?
None. The piano player can do that with his left hand.
How do you put a twinkle in a soprano’s eye?
Shine a flashlight in her ear.
How does a soprano change a light bulb?
She just holds on and the world revolves around her.
How can you tell when a soprano is at your door?
She can’t find the key, and she doesn’t know when to come in.
How many altos does it take to change a light bulb?
None. They can’t get up that high.
If you took all the tenors in the world and laid them end to end...
It would be a good idea.
Where’s a tenor’s resonance?
Where his brain should be.
What do you call ten baritones at the bottom of the ocean?
A good start.
What’s the definition of a male quartet?
Three men and a tenor.
If you drop an orchestra conductor and a watermelon off a tall building, which will hit the ground first?
What’s the difference between a conductor and a sack of fertilizer?
What’s the definition of an optimist?
A choral director with a mortgage.
Why are conductor’s hearts so coveted for transplants?
They’ve had so little use.
A musician calls the symphony office to talk to the conductor. “I’m sorry, he’s dead,” comes the reply. The musician calls back 25 times, always getting the same reply from the receptionist. At last, she asks him why he keeps calling. “I just like to hear you say it.”
Why do bagpipers walk when they play?
To get away from the sound.
How many sound men does it take to change a light bulb?
“One, two, three...one, two, three.”
What’s the definition of a gentleman?
One who knows how to play the accordion, but doesn’t.
What’s another definition of an optimist?
An accordion player with a pager.
How many alto sax players does it take to change a light bulb?
Five. One to handle the bulb, and four to contemplate how David Sanborn would have done it.
How do you get a violist to play down bow staccato?
Put a tenuto mark over a whole note and mark it “solo.”
What’s the best recording of the Walton Viola Concerto?
“Music Minus One.”
How do you get a cellist to play fortissimo?
Write “pp. espressivo” on the music.
What’s the difference between a soprano and PLO?
You can negotiate with the PLO.
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