Music and the player are always tied together: the musical story will be told and will be colored by the teller. Sometimes the balance is not completely right: the player is too busy with himself, for example, and too little with the musical story. His attention is focused too much on how good he will play the piece in place of focusing on the piece itself. As well it can be that: the story teller erases himself completely with the result that the story can become impersonal. You can notice this often in classical concerts. Making a connection with the public and with your fellow players is the best key to find a proper balance and to tell the most beautiful story!
In order to give us a fun insight into how we all play music in our own manner and to understand something about everyone’s differences, let’s look at a few characteristic musical types in amateur orchestras: