Classical Musician Problems

  • Having nightmares…about going on stage in jeans and a tshirt.
  • Not being able to decide what makeup is appropriate for day time shows
  • Ballgown or no ballgown? bow tie or no bow tie? 
  • Doubling a part but being the only one playing it as the person next to you is miming. 
  • Feeling sick and nervy when the really complicated bit you didn’t have time to learn comes up and it’s just your section playing it 
  • Sight-reading Shostakovich (from a handwritten score) 
  • Trombone slides in their eternal battle with the shoulder of the person in front
  • Wait, what is my conductor trying to say?