We all (should!) know that if you play "Smoke on the Water" or "Stairway to Heaven" in a guitar store, you run the risk of getting briskly tossed out on your keester. The question a friend asked, are there equivalents for other instruments? I suggested "Take 5" for saxophone, or perhaps "Yakkity Sax". What songs should I avoid?

Edit: Qualified the "all"

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    Not sure this is on topic as it promotes discussion and list-type answers... Also, I'm not terribly certain that this is an actual thing other than what one might see in a movie, like Wayne's World. Music stores, like other businesses, want your money and won't risk a sale on the potential offense taken by one of its employees' ears Nov 6, 2019 at 17:08
  • My piano favourite is a well known Scott Joplin piece, which I play in C r.h. and C# l.h. Gets some strange looks... Entertaining.
    – Tim
    Nov 6, 2019 at 17:39
  • Really, this comes out as a "list question" to which there can be no single right answer & is therefore not a good fit for Stack Exchange.
    – Tetsujin
    Nov 6, 2019 at 17:47
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    @Tetsujin Maybe in that case it should be a community wiki question
    – Ingolifs
    Nov 6, 2019 at 21:15
  • I've never heard anything like this - what is the background? Do music shop keepers hear these songs just to often, or is it rather about good songs being ruined by low-level players?
    – Arsak
    Nov 7, 2019 at 12:17

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"lesson one" for piano and "für Elise"

I would throw the all out! ;)


I've seen customers get asked to leave for playing chopsticks and heart and soul on the keyboards but those customers probably had no intention of making a purchase at that point in time. Music stores are often mistaken for music playgrounds and it can interfere with sales.

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