For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. TEMPLO S.U.D.

    TEMPLO S.U.D. said, over 1 year ago

    bad joke, John

  2. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, over 1 year ago

    A fellow I knew in high school used WD-40 on his trombone. Smelled horrible, but it was the smoothest-moving slider I’d ever seen.

  3. bluskies

    bluskies said, over 1 year ago

    John waxes eloquent for a change!

  4. howtheduck

    howtheduck said, over 1 year ago

    More on the “playing music bad, playing by ear good” tangent Lynn Johnston was on back when she did these comic strips in 1984, which always seemed strange to me when I found out Lynn’s real-life brother was a high school band teacher. It was never a subject which came up back when I was a beginning band student, because no one in the beginning band was a good enough player to play by ear. Playing the quarter, half and whole notes was actually a lot easier.

  5. mkdonly1

    mkdonly1 said, over 1 year ago

    Good one, dad!

  6. terek

    terek said, over 1 year ago

    Michael, that only works if you have a natural aptitude for music!

  7. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, over 1 year ago

    Lynn’s Notes:
    An expression like “play by ear” automatically becomes the basis for a play on words or a gag of some kind. When a punch line like this came to mind, I was elated. A line like this would make a whole week of strips worth drawing.

  8. Macushlalondra

    Macushlalondra said, over 1 year ago

    This was funny and I laughed, but it would only be funny once. It’s not the kind of joke you want to hear over and over.

  9. oldman2013

    oldman2013 said, over 1 year ago

    I think that one went passed his ear stay tuned

  10. Burnout70s

    Burnout70s said, over 1 year ago

    @TEMPLO S.U.D.

    Great joke John. To bad everyone does not have a sense of humor.

  11. Think Mann

    Think Mann said, over 1 year ago

    That’s the trouble with music lesson. The kids want to learn to play songs and the adults want them to learn to read music. That’s backwards. When we learn English it was speaking first then learning to read it. That is why I always advocate the Suzuki Method, first play by imitation then learn to read it. Michaels right this time.

  12. gmartin997

    gmartin997 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Mikey’s got a point. Most rock stars can’t read a note. They’re just real good at remembering the music. Most Country stars don’t even worry about what Maybelle Carter called “shaped notes”.

  13. Meowlin

    Meowlin said, over 1 year ago


    That might actually attract some cats. I had to make sure that my mother’s hearing aids (as well as all bud-type earphones) were either securely boxed or otherwise inaccessible to our cats, or they’d cart them off for a good licking – and sometimes a good chewing.

    The brass might put them off a bit though.

  14. denniesim

    denniesim GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    @gmartin997. I don’t know about country music stars now, but studio musicians here in Nashville traditionally use the Nashville number system. They can all understand what they are going for without having to learn to read traditional music. Also, it’s easier to jot down on a napkin or beer coaster if you have an idea for a song but no staff paper or anything.

  15. loves raising duncan

    loves raising duncan said, over 1 year ago

    There is one thing that’s better than playing by ear or by reading’s playing by heart!

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