On the way home from work tonight, my car started backfiring and making allsorts of bizarre noises. For some unknown reason when the rev counter hits 2000 revs it the power disappears! Understandably i felt bloomin pissed off! In a bid to calm my fury, i tuned into Classic FM (British Classical music radio station). Sadly this just infuriated this me even more; I listened to a fantastic professional violinist playing Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto desacrating the music with sniffs, snorts, and bubbling bogeys to articulate rests, and phrasing. I hate this, but yet in all many string players think that it is the secret to being able to phase like a singer or wind player. I can see their point to a certain extent, but great singers/instrumentalists go out of there way to hide their chesty, nasal noises. The question What musical/performing habits get on your nerves? Here is some of mine; Conductors that shout beat numbers in your face out of time! Conductors that start in one tempo and shout at you for not doing it at another. Conductors who cant place a beat. Deputy violinists that don't give you time to tune to the oboe. Pianists that hum while they play. Pretentious pop musicians like U2's Bono, or the Beatles, that think that they have revolutionised music. If you have had a pants week like mine, here is you opportunity for some therapy. Do a Ron Jeremy, just let it all out!