Can someone please expound this joke?

What's the definition of counterpoint? Two guitarists sight reading the same score.

I quote a comment from these Reddit threads, but not this r/ELI5 one as there`re enough quotes.

musarc on What exactly is counterpoint?

Counterpoint is basically having more than one melody at once. It's not usually associated with popular music (which is why people often point it out when it is there) but it's not absolutely unheard of either[.]

SocialIssuesAhoy on ELI5: What is "counterpoint"?

Counterpoint means "point against point".

In its basic form, you have two melodies playing at the same time. Harmony is created by each pair of notes that you hear at any given moment, and it's constantly changing as each voice moves. The rules of counterpoint help define what does and doesn't sound good in this system. When we analyze counterpoint, we're looking at the intervals created by each pair of notes, and how they're related to their neighbors.

Contrast this with "modern" chord-based music. The simplified form of this is that you play a chord (a group of intervals) for a measure while the melody dances around independently. Then you do another chord and the melody moves around some more.

In counterpoint there's no chords, just two melodies that need to sound good together.

franzlisztian on ELI5: Counterpoint:

Simply put, counterpoint is a method of writing multiple melodies that are sufficiently distinct to be heard at once. Common counterpoint rules include avoiding parallel fifths and octaves (makes it difficult to distinguish the lines), avoiding crossing the lines (same reason), avoiding large leaps (breaks the continuity) and others. There are multiple alternative theories that have developed in more recent times, but the majority of contrapuntal music that you will encounter will obey the rules that I've described.

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    I think this is on-topic. It's a legitimate question about the application of a musical term in context. The fact that the example used seems to me to be unimportant. – user45266 Apr 20 '19 at 6:00
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    This isn't anything to do with Music practice or performance, but is just a simple joke poking fun at the stereotype of guitarists not being able to read music. – Doktor Mayhem Apr 20 '19 at 10:46
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    @DoktorMayhem I think it would be different if OP were simply posting a joke here, but I believe OP is clearly and sincerely asking for clarification on the joke's meaning. If OP doesn't understand the meaning, I think that this is a perfectly valid question to ask. We surely wouldn't close it if OP asked what counterpoint is, would we? The joke is the source material for the real, understanding-based question. – user45266 Apr 20 '19 at 19:54
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    @user45266 -- clarification of the meaning of a joke is not answering a musical question. If OP wants to know what counterpoint is, that is a musical question; but that is not what is asked, and I think that OP knows what counterpoint is already. – ex nihilo Apr 21 '19 at 6:52
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    @DavidBowling I guess the relationship between counterpoint and reading sheet music inconsistently would be off-topic, so if OP does know what counterpoint is, then I think you're right. – user45266 Apr 22 '19 at 15:12

The joke is that the answerer pokes fun at the stereotype of guitarists being unable to read music correctly, hence when two of them play from the same sheet music, they'd be horribly unsynchronised and playing different notes, thus producing the definition of "counterpoint" by accident.

Not at all a true stereotype, if you're wondering, or at least certanly not universal.

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    It's such an obvious (musical) joke that it beggars belief that it needs explanation. Certainly not stereotypical - I only play in mono, and sometimes can't keep up with myself. +1 – Tim Apr 20 '19 at 7:31

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