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On the Lighter Side

OK, get ready.  No instrument is sacred here!  (Warning:  Woodwind and brass players should not read this while playing.)

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.

Altos:  How many altos does it take to change a light bulb?  None.  They can’t get up that high.

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

French Horn:  How can you make a trombone sound like a French horn?  Stick your hand in the bell and play a lot of wrong notes.

Bagpipes:  Why do pipers always walk while they play?  To get away from the noise.


How many musicians does it take to change a light bulb?  Five–one to change the bulb and four to say, “Oh, I could do that.”

Violin:  Which is bigger, a violin or a viola?  They’re actually the same size, it’s just that the violinist’s head is bigger.

Cello:  What’s the difference between a cello and a buzz-saw?  Vibrato.

Bass:  How many bass players does it take to change a light bulb?  None, the pianist can do it with his left hand.

Harp: It’s tough to be harpist–you spend half your time tuning and the other half playing out of tune.

Piano:  What do you get when you drop a piano down a mine shaft?  A flat minor.  What about if you drop it on an army base?  A flat major.

Organ:  Why did Bach have so many children?  His organ had no stops.

Piccolo:  Who was that piccolo I saw you with last night?  That was no piccolo, that was my fife.

Banjo:  What’s perfect pitch on a banjo?  When you pitch it into the dumpster without hitting the rim.

Why are there no banjos in Star Trek?  Because it’s the future.

Accordion:  How is an accordion like a lawsuit?  Everyone’s happiest when the case is closed for good.

Drummer:  One time the guitarist locked his keys in the car.  It took him 2 hours to get the drummer out.

What do you call the beautiful woman on the drummer’s arm?   A tattoo.

Conductor:  How is an orchestra different from a bull?  The bull’s got the horns in front and the ***hole in the back.

Soprano:  How many sopranos does it take to change a light bulb?  One–she holds the light bulb and the world revolves around her.

Jazz musician:  How do you end up with a million dollars playing jazz music?  You start with 2 million.

Bagpipes:  Why do pipers always walk while they play?  So they’re harder to hit.

Tuba:  What kind of calendar does a tuba player use?  Year-at-a-Glance.

How do you know there’s a musician at your door?  Because about a half hour ago, you ordered pizza.

Guitar:  How do you get a guitar player to play quieter?  Give him sheet music.

Singer/songwriter:  What’s the difference between a singer/songwriter and a puppy?  The puppy stops whining after 6 months.

Trombones & Saxophones:  What’s the difference between the trombone section and the saxophone section?  The trombones weren’t meant to sound like two cats in a fight, but they do.

Piano:  Why are a pianist’s fingers like lightning?  They rarely strike the same spot twice.

Bass:  Why did the bass player get mad at the timpanist?  Because the timpanist de-tuned one of the bass strings and wouldn’t say which one.

Timpanist:  How do you know when there’s a timpanist at your door?  Because he bangs too hard and never knows when to come in.

Sax and clarinet:  How do you put down a tenor sax?  Confuse it with a bass clarinet.

Flute:  What’s the difference between a flute and a flutist?  The flute has its head on straight.

Diva:  Did you hear about the female singer with the low voice?  She was known as the deep C diva.

About the Author

Ed Pearlman
Ed Pearlman has focused on performing, teaching, and judging fiddle music for over 30 years, offering performances and workshops throughout the USA and in Canada and Scotland. His original training was with members of the Chicago and Boston Symphonies, and he played with orchestras and chamber groups at Yale and in Boston. He currently teaches privately in Maine and at workshops around the countr... [Read more]

1 Comment

  1. Paddy L

    What’s the difference between a lead guitarist and a terrorist? You can negotiate with a terrorist!

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