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Best Piano Jokes

I’ve just compiled list of kid-friendly piano jokes…read on below to check them out!

This compilation of piano jokes is also available as a pdf to give out to your students/parents, available on the Printables > Other Resources page.

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Student to Teacher: “I can’t reach the brakes on this piano!”

Why is an 11-foot concert grand better than a studio upright?  Because it makes a much bigger kaboom when dropped over a cliff.

Why are pianists’ fingers like lightning?  They rarely strike the same place twice.

Why was the piano invented?  So the pianist would have a place to put his coffee.

Did you hear about the stupid pianist who kept banging his head against the keys?  He was playing by ear.

What do you call a fish musician?  A piano tuna.

What’s the difference between a piano accompanist and a terrorist?  You can negotiate with a terrorist.

What do you get when you drop a piano down a mineshaft?  A flat minor.

What do you get when you drop a piano on an army base?  A flat major.

What’s the difference between a piano and a fish?  You can’t tuna fish.

What did a piano player say to a tightrope walker?  You better C sharp or you’ll B flat!

Why was the piano player arrested?  Because he got into treble.

What do you use to tie saplings to a piano so the saplings won’t blow away?  Root position cords.

What do you get if you enroll in a liberal arts program and the only subject you do well in is music?  A natural major.

What’s the difference between a pianist and a large pizza? A large pizza can feed a family of four.

Two people are walking down the street. One is a pianist; the other didn’t have any money either.

How do you make a million dollars playing the piano?  Start with two million.

Why is a person who plays the piano called a pianist but a person who drives a racecar not called a racist?

What’s the difference between a piano and a Harley-Davidson?  One of us might be able to tune a Harley.

Definition of a piano tuner: A person employed to come into the home, rearrange the furniture, and annoy the cat. The tuner’s chief purpose is to ascertain the breaking point of the piano’s strings.

Piano Tuner: I’ve come to tune the piano.
Music Teacher: But we didn’t send for you.
Piano Tuner: No, but the people who live across the street did.

How do you get two piano players to play in perfect unison?  Shoot one.

Did you hear about the piano player who played in rhythm?  Neither did I.

What’s the difference between a piano and an onion?  No one cries when you chop up a piano.

What key is “Exploring The Cave With No Flashlight” written in?  C sharp or B flat.

What do you get when an army officer puts his nose to the grindstone?  A sharp major.

A note left for a pianist from his wife: “Gone Chopin, (have Liszt), Bach in a Minuet.”

The audience at a piano recital was appalled when a telephone rang just off stage. Without missing a note the soloist glanced toward the wings and called, “If that’s my agent, tell him I’m working!”

The piano player went into a coffee shop but kept fidgeting so much that he could not enjoy his coffee. Finally the server asked him what was wrong. The piano player replied, “My keys, my keys! I can’t seem to find my keys!”

My dad bought my mom a piano for her birthday.  A few weeks later, I asked how she was doing with it.
“Oh,” said my dad, “I persuaded her to switch to a clarinet.”
“How come?” I asked.
“Well,” he answered, “because with a clarinet, she can’t sing….”

At a posh wedding reception in Beverly Hills the pianist falls into the swimming pool. The pianist flails furiously while calling for help, yelling, “Help me! I can’t swim!”  One of the other guests who happens to be at the poolside says “So? I can’t play the piano and you don’t hear me complaining.”

Little Noah came into the house with a new harmonica. “Grandpa, do you mind if I play this in here?”
“Of course not, Noah. I love music. In fact, when your grandma and I were young, music saved my life.”
“What happened?”
“Well, it was during the famous Johnstown flood. The dam broke and when the water hit our house it knocked it right off the foundation. Grandma got on the dining room table and floated out safely.”
“How about you?”
“Me? I accompanied her on the piano!”

“Haven’t I seen your face before?” a judge demanded, looking down at the defendant.
“You have, Your Honor,” the man answered hopefully. “I gave your son piano lessons last winter.”
“Ah, yes,” recalled the judge. “Twenty years!”


Mrs. Smith needed to have her piano tuned so she asked a friend for a recommendation.  She then made an appointment with the piano tuner, Mr. Oppernockity.  He arrived 2 days later, tuned the piano satisfactorily, and left.  Several days later Mrs. Smith noticed that the piano was terribly out of tune again.  She called the tuner to complain about the tuning and to ask for a return visit to solve the problem.  However, the tuner replied, “I’m sorry ma’am, but Oppernockity only tunes once!”

A pianist and singer are rehearsing “Autumn Leaves” for a concert and the pianist says:?”OK. We will start in G minor and then on the third bar, modulate to B major and go into 5/4. When you get to the bridge, modulate back down to F# minor and alternate a 4/4 bar with a 7/4 bar. On the last A section go into double time and slowly modulate back to G minor.”? The singer says: “Wow, I don’t think I can remember all of that.” The pianist says: “Well, that’s what you did last time.”

Funny music definitions:

•   time signature: what you need from your boss if you forget to clock in.
•   first inversion: grandpa’s battle group at Normandy.
•   staccato: how you did all the ceilings in your mobile home.
•   major scale: what you say after chasing wild game up a mountain: “Wow! That was a major scale!”
•   aeolian mode: how you like Mama’s cherry pie.
•   bach chorale: the place behind the barn where you keep the horses.
•   audition: the act of putting oneself under extreme duress to satisfy the sadistic intentions of someone who has already made up his mind.
•   accidentals: wrong notes.
•   interval: how long it takes to find the right note. There are three kinds: 1) Major interval: a long time; 2) Minor interval: a few bars; and 3) Inverted interval: when you have to go back a bar and try again.
•   metronome: a city-dwelling dwarf.
•   allegro: leg fertilizer.

When Beethoven passed away, he was buried in a churchyard. A couple days later, the town drunk was walking through the cemetery and heard some strange noise coming from the area where Beethoven was buried. Terrified, the drunk ran and got the priest to come and listen to it. The priest bent close to the grave and heard some faint, unrecognizable music coming from the grave. Frightened, the priest ran and got the town magistrate. When the magistrate arrived, he bent his ear to the grave, listened for a moment, and said, “Ah, yes, that’s Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, being played backwards.” He listened a while longer, and said, “There’s the Eighth Symphony, and it’s backwards, too. Most puzzling.” So the magistrate kept listening; “There’s the Seventh… the Sixth… the Fifth…” Suddenly the realization of what was happening dawned on the magistrate; he stood up and announced to the crowd that had gathered in the cemetery, “My fellow citizens, there’s nothing to worry about. It’s just Beethoven decomposing.”

The following program notes are from an unidentified piano recital: Tonight’s page turner, Ruth Spelke, studied under Ivan Schmertnick at the Boris Nitsky School of Page Turning in Philadelphia. She has been turning pages here and abroad for many years for some of the world’s leading pianists. In 1988, Ms. Spelke won the Wilson Page Turning Scholarship, which sent her to Israel to study page turning from left to right. She is winner of the 1984 Rimsky Korsakov Flight of the Bumblebee Prestissimo Medal, having turned 47 pages in an unprecedented 32 seconds. She was also a 1983 silver medalist at the Klutz Musical Page Pickup Competition: contestants retrieve and rearrange a musical score dropped from a Yamaha. Ms. Spelke excelled in “grace, swiftness, and especially poise.” For techniques, Ms. Spelke performs both the finger-licking and the bent-page corner methods. She works from a standard left bench position, and is the originator of the dipped-elbow page snatch, a style used to avoid obscuring the pianist’s view of the music. She is page turner in residence in Fairfield Iowa, where she occupies the coveted Alfred Hitchcock Chair at the Fairfield Page Turning Institute. Ms. Spelke is married, and has a nice house on a lake.

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10 thoughts on “Best Piano Jokes”

  1. I don’t know who originated this, but it’s very timely:

    Yamaha has recalled 20,000 pianos due to a problem with the pedal sticking, causing pianists to play faster than they normally would, resulting in a dangerous number of accidentals. The sticky pedal also makes it harder for pianists to come to a full stop at the end of a piece making it extremely risky for audiences. Although there have been a tremendous number of accidentals, fortunately it has so far caused no deafs. Analysts are wondering if it will put a damper on their bass market and if they will be able to sustain sales. Congress is also considering calling in the president of Yamaha for questioning as to when the company first learned about the treble.

    Here’s an update on that Yamaha piano recall: Congressional inquiries brought a sharp response from president Mitsuru Umemura of Yamaha, who quickly played down the scale of the problem before taking the fifth. “Only a few modal years are affected by what is a relative minor problem,” he replied tiercely. With no progression toward a resolution, sales of Yamaha pianos have gone flat, and market analysts predict an interval of diminished revenue for the company. The president announced that Yamaha would triadvertising more and fine tune their marketing strategies in order to augment sales.

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  3. At our church we were in need of a bass player. None being found, I offered to play keyboard bass. When people asked if that was my main instrument I replied “No, but I’m so good I can play keyboard bass with one hand tied behind my back.” Those who understand piano playing, got it right away 😉

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