09. July 2009 · 2 comments · Categories: Links, Videos

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve laughed when an actor has to play an instrument!

In some feeble attempt to demonstrate the concept of “unfriendly”, a front desk attendant at a hotel whips out a violin and begins to play. Not only is the attendant not using his fingers upon the fingerboard, but he’s holding the instrument on the wrong side, bow in the incorrect hand.

Please, ad folks, as a professional musician I implore you to hire actors who know how to use the instrument you’ve written into your savvy spots. Or at least take a few moments to provide genuine instruction to the person you’ve hired. It’s not so hard to learn to fake it.

You can read the whole thing and watch the video as well. Crazy!


  1. My wife was pleasantly surprised by Hal Linden’s clarinet playing when she went with my daughter to see Little Shop of Horrors. I believe they teased a bit by having him “fake” it initially while the person in the pit played, but apparently he can (and did) really play.

  2. I think it’s so cool when I find out an actor is really playing! 🙂