A Year-ful of Laughs

Here’s how to have a happy new year — kick it off with a year-ful of jokes!

Did you hear about the farmer who played fiddle out in his cornfield? It was music to his ears.

What muscles do you use most when you cross a fiddle with a pig? The hamstrings.

How do you end up with a million dollars playing the fiddle? Start with 2 million.

The fiddler asked his friend if she’d heard his last show. She said, “I hope so!”

The boy told his mother, “When I grow up, I’m going to be a fiddler.” His mother said, “Honey, you know you can’t do both.”

How do you protect a valuable fiddle? Hide it in an accordion case.

When is a fiddler considered successful? When his wife has a really good job.

St Peter welcomed three new souls to heaven. “What did you each do in life?” he asked. The first said Continue reading A Year-ful of Laughs

Writing a Tune

You can learn a lot from writing tunes.  It doesn’t matter if you think you can or not.  Just do it!  Allow yourself to write a few musicconstructionbad ones before you make a gem of a tune.

Here’s why you should try writing a tune:

  • It’s fun.
  • It’s easier than you think (see below).
  • You get a better sense of how tunes are constructed, by phrase and part.
  • You learn a lot about why tunes are written down the way they are, and why there’s always more to a tune than can be written.
  • You get to name your tunes after somebody or something important to you (or name it something silly).
  • You learn about how music is written down.

Here’s how:
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At Musicians’ Expense (music jokes, not taxes!)

The nice thing about jokes is that most people forget them soon after laughing-animalshearing them, so they can enjoy them again next time!  Here’s a nice list of all those music jokes you may have heard and forgotten.

Note:  There are no fiddle jokes here.  Is there a message in this?  Is the fiddle such an awesome intrument that it’s not funny?  Or do people already feel so sorry for us that they don’t need to take us down a notch?

OK, get ready.  No instrument is sacred here!  (Caution #1:  Do not read this while playing a wind instrument.)  (Caution #2: These are not all in good taste.)

The prodigy:  A boy said to his dad, “I want to be a musician when I grow up.”  His dad said, “Hold on there son, you can’t do both.”

Harmonica: What do you call a harmonica player’s accompanist?  Fido.

Viola:  The violist said to the violinist, “You know, we violists can play 64th notes.”  The violinist said, “Oh, yeah?  Let’s hear them.”  So the violist played him one.

Oboe:  What is a minor second?  Two oboes playing in unison.

Bagpipes:  Why do pipers always walk while they play?  To get away from the noise.  (It also makes them harder to hit.)

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