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18th Mar '16 2:53:44 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* ''Film/WaitingForGuffman'': In the overture, someone decided to dub in MIDI instruments. This is either a gigantic InJoke to musicians, or an EpicFail on behalf of the music editor. It's not {{Lampshaded}}.

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* ''Film/WaitingForGuffman'': In the overture, someone decided to dub in MIDI instruments. This is either a gigantic InJoke to musicians, or an EpicFail fail on behalf of the music editor. It's not {{Lampshaded}}.
28th Jan '16 9:23:46 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''AugustRush'': Electric guitars without amps, a so-so composition that gets him into Juilliard without the audition process. Generally the movie did not play well with musicians.

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* ''AugustRush'': ''Film/AugustRush'': Electric guitars without amps, a so-so composition that gets him into Juilliard without the audition process. Generally the movie did not play well with musicians.



* In a unique version of this trope, the titular character of ''Mr. Bean's Holiday'' performs for money by lip syncing to the opera aria ''Oh mio babbino caro'' while enacting a scene where he plays a woman who is apparently mourning her dead child. The trope comes in here since the show he puts on has absolutely nothing in common with the lyrics of the song which are actually about a girl threatening that she will commit suicide if her father will not accept the man she loves. The scene is played for laughs though, so it is forgivable.
* While it is less obvious, in the climactic scene of "Back to the Future," Marty is clearly not playing the guitar. it becomes painfully obvious during the solo. Years later, Michael J Fox really did learn Johnny B. Goode and performed it at an event.

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* In a unique version of this trope, the titular character of ''Mr. Bean's Holiday'' ''Film/MrBeansHoliday'' performs for money by lip syncing to the opera aria ''Oh mio babbino caro'' while enacting a scene where he plays a woman who is apparently mourning her dead child. The trope comes in here since the show he puts on has absolutely nothing in common with the lyrics of the song which are actually about a girl threatening that she will commit suicide if her father will not accept the man she loves. The scene is played for laughs though, so it is forgivable.
* While it is less obvious, in the climactic scene of "Back to the Future," ''Film/BackToTheFuture'', Marty is clearly not playing the guitar. it becomes painfully obvious during the solo. Years later, Michael J Fox really did learn Johnny B. Goode and performed it at an event.



* In ''Kids Incorporated'', the actors aren't really playing the instruments. Ironically, some of the show's cast have gone on to have real-world music careers, though always as singers.

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* In ''Kids Incorporated'', ''Series/KidsIncorporated'', the actors aren't really playing the instruments. Ironically, some of the show's cast have gone on to have real-world music careers, though always as singers.
25th Jan '16 5:03:06 AM ac220
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** Playing with the wood of the bow instead of the hair (''col legno'') [[RealityIsUnrealistic is used occasionally]] in classical music, so it might have been just one of those pieces...
29th Dec '15 7:12:01 AM Morgenthaler
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* The music video for "If I Die Young" by TheBandPerry has one of Perrys playing an accordion. Even the least musically-inclined person can tell there's no accordion in the song (it's a ballad; why would they even use one?).
* Similarly, ScatmanJohn's "Scatman" video has a trumpeter, upright bassist and drummer in it, when all of the instruments are obviously synthesized.

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* The music video for "If I Die Young" by TheBandPerry Music/TheBandPerry has one of Perrys playing an accordion. Even the least musically-inclined person can tell there's no accordion in the song (it's a ballad; why would they even use one?).
* Similarly, ScatmanJohn's Music/ScatmanJohn's "Scatman" video has a trumpeter, upright bassist and drummer in it, when all of the instruments are obviously synthesized.
23rd Dec '15 5:31:08 PM bassmedic87
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* ''Film/CannibalTheMusical'': The conversation at the end of "The Trapper Song" is an aversion. TreyParkerAndMattStone obviously know their basic music theory.

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* ''Film/CannibalTheMusical'': The conversation at the end of "The Trapper Song" is an aversion. TreyParkerAndMattStone obviously know their basic music theory.theory (Parker was originally a film scoring major in college, which helps).
23rd Nov '15 11:35:47 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the Canadian film ''HardCoreLogo'', Callum Keith Rennie's portrayal of Billy Tallent, guitarist of the eponymous band, barely even looks like he's trying during the performance scenes. Hugh Dillion as singer/rhythm guitarist Joe Dick is much more believable, as he's an actual musician.

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* In the Canadian film ''HardCoreLogo'', ''Film/HardCoreLogo'', Callum Keith Rennie's portrayal of Billy Tallent, guitarist of the eponymous band, barely even looks like he's trying during the performance scenes. Hugh Dillion as singer/rhythm guitarist Joe Dick is much more believable, as he's an actual musician.
29th Oct '15 5:37:49 PM nombretomado
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* ''DonkeyKong64'': Two of the playable characters' instruments don't sound like their real life counterparts. Donkey Kong's bongos are much more melodic than real bongos, but it's particularly egregious with Chunky Kong's triangle. It actually makes the sound of a celesta, a completely different instrument!
* ''RockBand'' and ''GuitarHero'' avatars are designed by real musicians who took painstaking care in making the avatars come as close as possible to miming the music...it's only noticeable when the song has instruments that aren't in the game design (like banjos) or the drummer is hitting a piece of percussion that's not present in his kit, instead going to the closest facsimile. And of course ghost orchestras, horn sections, etc (although in ''Rock Band 3'' you could chalk them up to samples from the keyboard player).

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* ''DonkeyKong64'': ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'': Two of the playable characters' instruments don't sound like their real life counterparts. Donkey Kong's bongos are much more melodic than real bongos, but it's particularly egregious with Chunky Kong's triangle. It actually makes the sound of a celesta, a completely different instrument!
* ''RockBand'' ''VideoGame/RockBand'' and ''GuitarHero'' ''VideoGame/GuitarHero'' avatars are designed by real musicians who took painstaking care in making the avatars come as close as possible to miming the music...it's only noticeable when the song has instruments that aren't in the game design (like banjos) or the drummer is hitting a piece of percussion that's not present in his kit, instead going to the closest facsimile. And of course ghost orchestras, horn sections, etc (although in ''Rock Band 3'' you could chalk them up to samples from the keyboard player).
22nd Oct '15 12:00:44 PM Asbduhas
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**It's worth noting, however, that H ''is'' a letter used in some musical spellings, where it stands for B-flat.
15th Oct '15 2:03:30 AM Absoltheharbinger
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* Type 2 is on the writing or editing end, where the writer or editor is not familiar with music. This applies to incorrect terminology, obvious dubbing or computerized music. This is less common because usually higher-end productions come with a composer, sound editor, music supervisor, etc, and have decent sound libraries.

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* Type 2 is on the writing or editing end, where the writer or editor is not familiar with music. This applies to incorrect terminology, obvious dubbing or computerized music. This is less common because usually higher-end productions come with a composer, sound editor, music supervisor, etc, and have decent sound libraries.
libraries. A good example, most obviously and notoriously, is the use of the phrase 'rising to/reaching crescendo' - crescendo refers to the rising of volume of a piece; it's a process, not a destination.
8th Oct '15 3:32:17 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''AugustRush'': Electric guitars without amps, a so-so composition that gets him into Juilliard without the audition process, his sudden professional-grade skill at all these things without any previous training. Generally the movie did not [[StealthPun play]] well with musicians.

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* ''AugustRush'': Electric guitars without amps, a so-so composition that gets him into Juilliard without the audition process, his sudden professional-grade skill at all these things without any previous training. process. Generally the movie did not [[StealthPun play]] play well with musicians.



* ''TheParentTrap'': Hayley Mills is not moving her fingers when playing guitar Beethoven's 5th Symphony. Then on "Let's Get Together" her strumming does not match the music (in addition to not moving her fingers).

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* ''TheParentTrap'': ''Film/TheParentTrap'': Hayley Mills is not moving her fingers when playing guitar Beethoven's 5th Symphony. Then on "Let's Get Together" her strumming does not match the music (in addition to not moving her fingers).



* JohnnyCash referenced this trope when he first heard of the biopic ''WalkTheLine''; he said that he hoped that whoever portrayed him knew how to hold a guitar correctly. The movie itself averts it, as both Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon (who portrayed Cash's wife, June Carter) worked for several months with producer T-Bone Burnett to learn how to sing and play instruments.
** However, the film does play it straight several other times, including one scene where Waylon Payne (as JerryLeeLewis) is backed by an electric bassist, but an upright bass is heard instead.
* Averted surprisingly in ''Film/WaynesWorld''. A goofy comedy that takes nothing seriously and has no real strong continuity is surprisingly accurate with the music playing...because Mike Meyers, Dana Carvey, and Tia Carere can all play their respective instruments (yes, that's really Dana playing that epic drum solo).
* ''Film/GroundhogDay'' has the reverse of the above problem: during the big dance scene at the end, an upright bassist is shown but an electric bass is heard.
* ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'': In the scene where Eddie Valiant is mingling with the toons at Maroon Studios, he comes across a saxophonist standing next to the enchanted brooms from ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}''. However, the saxophonist is just swaying his body while playing the saxophone; he isn't even moving his fingers. (Although a toon saxophone probably would be able to play itself.)
** And, to add insult to injury, it's not even a real sax playing. It's a synth.

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* JohnnyCash referenced this trope when he first heard of the biopic ''WalkTheLine''; he said that he hoped that whoever portrayed him knew how to hold a guitar correctly. The movie itself averts it, as both Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon (who portrayed Cash's wife, June Carter) worked for several months with producer T-Bone Burnett to learn how to sing and play instruments.
** However, the film does play it straight several other times, including one scene where
''Film/WalkTheLine'': Waylon Payne (as JerryLeeLewis) Creator/JerryLeeLewis) is backed by an electric bassist, but an upright bass is heard instead.
* Averted surprisingly in ''Film/WaynesWorld''. A goofy comedy that takes nothing seriously and has no real strong continuity is surprisingly accurate with the music playing...because Mike Meyers, Dana Carvey, and Tia Carere can all play their respective instruments (yes, that's really Dana playing that epic drum solo).
* ''Film/GroundhogDay'' has the reverse of the above problem:
''Film/GroundhogDay'': during the big dance scene at the end, an upright bassist is shown but an electric bass is heard.
* ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'': In the scene where Eddie Valiant is mingling with the toons at Maroon Studios, he comes across a saxophonist standing next to the enchanted brooms from ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}''. However, the saxophonist is just swaying his body while playing the saxophone; he isn't even moving his fingers. (Although a toon saxophone probably would be able to play itself.)
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) And, to add insult to injury, it's not even a real sax playing. It's a synth.



* Averted in ''Film/MasterAndCommander: The Far Side of the World''. Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany took lessons on the violin and cello, respectively, so that they would at least appear to have some experience. When the scene was filmed, they played along with the recording which would be dubbed over for the finished product. Both turned out to be decent musicians anyway, particularly Bettany. In fact, the artificially polished performance of the film made the characters better musicians then their literary counterparts. In the novels, both men are little more than enthusiastic amateurs, rather than Regency-era versions of Yo-Yo Ma, although some would argue that an 'enthusiastic amateur' of the day could be very good, especially as it's one of the few things they do for recreation while on voyages.



* Dooley Wilson, who played Sam in {{Casablanca}}, was a drummer, not a pianist. It's fairly obvious.
* The "banjo boy" character in ''Deliverance'' is clearly NOT playing the banjo part of "Duelling Banjos", which in turn is obviously being played on a resonator banjo. Both the banjo AND the guitar have capos, which would not be required for playing in G.

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* Dooley Wilson, who played Sam in {{Casablanca}}, ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'', was a drummer, not a pianist. It's fairly obvious.
* The "banjo boy" character in ''Deliverance'' ''Film/{{Deliverance}}'' is clearly NOT not playing the banjo part of "Duelling Banjos", which in turn is obviously being played on a resonator banjo. Both the banjo AND the guitar have capos, which would not be required for playing in G.



* In ''The Competition'' (1980), Richard Dreyfuss plays a classical pianist facing a last-chance, make-or-break competition. At times while he is "playing," he looks down at the keys as though the hands playing aren't his ... and they're not.

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* In ''The Competition'' ''Film/TheCompetition'' (1980), Richard Dreyfuss plays a classical pianist facing a last-chance, make-or-break competition. At times while he is "playing," he looks down at the keys as though the hands playing aren't his ... and they're not.






* ''Series/{{Glee}}'': Calling what they do a "glee club" is like calling a rock band a "string orchestra." The term is "show choir" (which they do acknowledge in show) "Show Choir" probably didn't sound as cool a title.
** Though, it could be a TruthInTelevision, or {{Defictionalization}}, as a lot of show choirs in the U.S. are calling themselves "Glee Clubs."
** More recently, ''Glee'' had a madrigal choir competing against New Directions ''at a show-choir competition.'' There are other competitions for typical school choirs (not show choirs), where one would think that a madrigal choir, with their use of classical repertoire and lack of dancing, would fit better.

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* ''Series/{{Glee}}'': ''Series/{{Glee}}'':
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Calling what they do a "glee club" is like calling a rock band a "string orchestra." The term is "show choir" (which choir," which they do acknowledge in show) show. "Show Choir" probably didn't sound as cool a title.
** Though, it could be a TruthInTelevision, or {{Defictionalization}}, as a lot of show choirs in the U.S. are calling themselves "Glee Clubs."
** More recently,
''Glee'' had a madrigal choir competing against New Directions ''at a show-choir competition.'' There are other competitions for typical school choirs (not show choirs), where one would think that a madrigal choir, with their use of classical repertoire and lack of dancing, would fit better.



* KelseyGrammer's fake piano playing is actually pretty convincing in ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' but if you look closely you can see that it's dubbed. Definitely not {{Lampshaded}}.

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* KelseyGrammer's Creator/KelseyGrammer's fake piano playing is actually pretty convincing in ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' but if you look closely you can see that it's dubbed. Definitely not {{Lampshaded}}.



* In an episode of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', Leonard is playing in a string quartet with the hairs on his bow facing outwards. The bow hair on the string is what makes the sound on the cello. This is doubly suprising given that Johnny Galecki is a trained cellist and is seen using it correctly at least once.
** Not to mention that after half of the quartet leave, He and Leslie practice with just the two of them - and the full quartet's sound.
* Averted and PlayedWith in ''Series/RedDwarf'' during the gag in which a shape-shifting pseudo-Lister is detected by the fact that it actually CAN play the guitar, since it embodies Lister as he sees himself...
** The shape-shifter's guitar playing in that episode is actually not overdubbed, but played by Phil Manzanera of Music/RoxyMusic who is hiding behind actor Craig Charles in that shot. For such a simple trick, it is ''exceptionally'' well done, and almost impossible to see without knowing what they did.
** This is arguably inverted as well given that actor Craig Charles can actually play the guitar, whilst having to pretend that he is less proficient than he actually is in order to play Dave Lister.
* ''LoveMeLicia'' (the Italian live sequel to ''Manga/AiShiteNight'') [[ZigzaggedTrope zigzags]] this. In the first seasons is mostly played straight (like [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-U4Fbqqg-A musicians' fingers moving incorrectly, or not moving at all]]), but the drummer [[AvertedTrope averts]] this, because he can really play the drums. This trope becomes less evident in later seasons, which mostly feature different band members, and where even the photography evolves to show that yes, this time [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0j8sfkUNU6Q the guitar virtuosisms are real]].
* The ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "Lessons" averts a type 1 nicely. They feature a close-up of a character's hands playing a classical piano piece, then panning up to her face. While the actress didn't play the piano, they had a pianist playing, then seamlessly wiped the shot mid-pan to show the character's (and actress') face. While easy now, at the time it was a minor technical triumph.
* As the Nostalgia Critic pointed out, Slater from ''Series/SavedByTheBell'' is "so good" at playing drums that we hear the beats before he even hits the drums.

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* In an episode of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', Leonard is playing in a string quartet with the hairs on his bow facing outwards. The bow hair on the string is what makes the sound on the cello. This is doubly suprising given that Johnny Galecki is a trained cellist and is seen using it correctly at least once.
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once. Not to mention that after half of the quartet leave, He and Leslie practice with just the two of them - and the full quartet's sound.
* Averted and PlayedWith in ''Series/RedDwarf'' during the gag in which a shape-shifting pseudo-Lister is detected by the fact that it actually CAN play the guitar, since it embodies Lister as he sees himself...
** The shape-shifter's guitar playing in that episode is actually not overdubbed, but played by Phil Manzanera of Music/RoxyMusic who is hiding behind actor Craig Charles in that shot. For such a simple trick, it is ''exceptionally'' well done, and almost impossible to see without knowing what they did.
** This is arguably inverted as well given that actor Craig Charles can actually play the guitar, whilst having to pretend that he is less proficient than he actually is in order to play Dave Lister.
* ''LoveMeLicia''
''Series/LoveMeLicia'' (the Italian live sequel to ''Manga/AiShiteNight'') [[ZigzaggedTrope zigzags]] this. In the first seasons is mostly played straight (like [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-U4Fbqqg-A musicians' fingers moving incorrectly, or not moving at all]]), but the drummer [[AvertedTrope averts]] this, because he can really play the drums. This trope becomes less evident in later seasons, which mostly feature different band members, and where even the photography evolves to show that yes, this time [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0j8sfkUNU6Q the guitar virtuosisms are real]].
* The ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "Lessons" averts a type 1 nicely. They feature a close-up of a character's hands playing a classical piano piece, then panning up to her face. While the actress didn't play the piano, they had a pianist playing, then seamlessly wiped the shot mid-pan to show the character's (and actress') face. While easy now, at the time it was a minor technical triumph.
* As the Nostalgia Critic pointed out,
Slater from ''Series/SavedByTheBell'' is "so good" so good at playing drums that we hear the beats before he even hits the drums.



* Averted by Music/CledusTJudd in his video for "Paycheck Woman" (a parody of "Redneck Woman" by Gretchen Wilson), where he convincingly strums at least G and D correctly in rhythm with the song.



** Of course if you're a real stickler for realism, the fact that there's no guitar straps in the games will bug you to no end (clipping issues prevented them from adding them to the animations).

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** Of course if you're a real stickler for realism, the fact that there's no guitar straps in the games will bug you to no end (clipping issues prevented them from adding them to the animations).
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