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KickHimWhenHe'sDown
03-17-2012, 06:51 PM
I cannot play a violin, but I love how they sound. I especially like that Vitamin String Quartet who covered some Offspring hits and a bunch of other songs from other bands.

I also like that band Savatage who sometimes uses a full orchestra.

Thoughts?

Llamas
03-17-2012, 07:01 PM
When it comes to orchestral strings, I'm very much a cello girl.

My favorite cello act is 2cellos (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjOQac1vOEc&ob=av2e). These (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7j_dSJRhI98&feature=related) guys are (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyCiEYFZkoc&feature=relmfu) incredible. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bn9ELBgQYZ8&feature=related)

I also dig the original cello quartet, Apocalyptica, who got famous for releasing an album (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbTozgoj9OQ) of Metallica (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JjQGt7WjK0) songs. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weStzJV8ZTo)

However, they also have original stuff (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-AZ0vBgMJg), as well (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fa-3QOUeMXk), which is rather heavy.

BagOfShenanigans
03-17-2012, 08:00 PM
Ever heard of Violin2003 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeJ9-YyDiZQ)?
He does song covers on an electric violin.

Llamas
03-17-2012, 08:11 PM
I cannot play a violin, but I love how they sound. I especially like that Vitamin String Quartet who covered some Offspring hits and a bunch of other songs from other bands.

I also like that band Savatage who sometimes uses a full orchestra.

Thoughts?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPcnGrie__M
Heifetz playing Paganini's Caprice 24.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWaOnqmtr9U
Kogan playing Paganini's Campanella.

I like how, when I saw that DuskyGrin had replied to this thread, I thought, "She's certainly posted some old classical stuff that obviously isn't what KickHim had in mind when talking about string covers of Offspring songs." Like, do you really think he's gonna listen to those and say, "Wow! This is awesome! *puts on mp3 player*"

Llamas
03-17-2012, 08:12 PM
Ever heard of Violin2003 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OeJ9-YyDiZQ)?
He does song covers on an electric violin.

I saw the video that made him "famous" and wasn't that impressed. He's not bad, but for me... pretty average.

killer_queen
03-18-2012, 11:39 AM
I like how, when I saw that DuskyGrin had replied to this thread, I thought, "She's certainly posted some old classical stuff that obviously isn't what KickHim had in mind when talking about string covers of Offspring songs." Like, do you really think he's gonna listen to those and say, "Wow! This is awesome! *puts on mp3 player*"

Actually I would think the same. People are pretty clueless about classical music and they are only used to popular pieces so when introduced to some less known but beautiful pieces they do actually say "wow, this is awesome". I made a couple of friends who were huge fans of Apocalyptica turn into classical buffs. I think KickHim should give classical music a try if he likes the sound of violin. For example, I had this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvvSDG5pju8) in mind.

If you really hate classical music you can try Stephane Grappelli if you haven't until now. It's not my favorite instrument but violin brings a great touch to any genre of music.

Llamas
03-18-2012, 11:46 AM
Actually I would think the same. People are pretty clueless about classical music and they are only used to popular pieces so when introduced to some less known but beautiful pieces they do actually say "wow, this is awesome". I made a couple of friends who were huge fans of Apocalyptica turn into classical buffs. I think KickHim should give classical music a try if he likes the sound of violin. For example, I had this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvvSDG5pju8) in mind.

If you really hate classical music you can try Stephane Grappelli if you haven't until now. It's not my favorite instrument but violin brings a great touch to any genre of music.

I get where you're coming from, I really do. I've turned a lot of people on to various music I like, but I've never successfully done so with classical - all my friends who appreciate classical music already did before we became friends. I've tried, but it's just not for everyone - in fact, it's not for the majority anymore.

I'd say there's nothing wrong with trying to introduce someone to it, but you need to actually introduce it, then. Give a little context. Explain why he should listen to it. Give your feelings on it. Posting a couple links without explanation in a thread that clearly wasn't asking for that probably isn't going to get views. When I try to slip in a bit of classical music, I do so by wrapping it inside something that's more accessible - surrounding it with more popular stuff, because hey, most of the world hears a classical song and lumps it all in one big group of "ugh, classical music" and turns it off before giving it a chance.

KickHimWhenHe'sDown
03-18-2012, 12:51 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPcnGrie__M
Heifetz playing Paganini's Caprice 24.

I liked the first couple minutes of that one. But like llamas said, my music tastes aren't quite that "tasteful".


I like how, when I saw that DuskyGrin had replied to this thread, I thought, "She's certainly posted some old classical stuff that obviously isn't what KickHim had in mind when talking about string covers of Offspring songs." Like, do you really think he's gonna listen to those and say, "Wow! This is awesome! *puts on mp3 player*"
You're right. Classical music and punk/metal played on violins/other string instruments are very different things. I wish I liked classical music, but I just don't. I admire people who do. I'd much rather listen to classical than pop or country or something, but it'd never be my first choice.

I listened to:

this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvvSDG5pju8)
but had trouble getting into it. I guess I like the full sound of violins combined with other string instruments. I should have mentioned that.

KickHimWhenHe'sDown
03-18-2012, 12:53 PM
When it comes to orchestral strings, I'm very much a cello girl.

My favorite cello act is 2cellos (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjOQac1vOEc&ob=av2e). These (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7j_dSJRhI98&feature=related) guys are (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyCiEYFZkoc&feature=relmfu) incredible. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bn9ELBgQYZ8&feature=related)

I also dig the original cello quartet, Apocalyptica, who got famous for releasing an album (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbTozgoj9OQ) of Metallica (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JjQGt7WjK0) songs. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weStzJV8ZTo)

However, they also have original stuff (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-AZ0vBgMJg), as well (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fa-3QOUeMXk), which is rather heavy.

Now that's closer to something I'd put on my iPod.

Llamas
03-18-2012, 01:03 PM
PS: Gulsah: in that piece you posted, I'd be very quick to argue that the piano is the good part of it. The violin is rather unexciting.

PS: KickHim: I love Savatage. Streets: A Rock Opera is an incredible album.

killer_queen
03-18-2012, 02:36 PM
It's because Martha Argerich is like the most awesome pianist in the world and she probably shadow anyone, even the best violonists. A proper interpretation wouldn't have piano so loud. I have the David Oistrakh version and it's more on the violin sound. This sonata was originally composed for flute & piano but Prokofiev changed it to violin for Oistrakh so it's no surprise that it's the best version.
And I agree with you on introducing classical music with some information. The bad thing is people usually are back to me with "I didn't feel anything you said, I guess I'm not good with music" so I try to spare my feelings.

I uploaded it for the classical lovers: http://www.4shared.com/music/jXGk6N3R/08_Prokofiev__Violin_Sonata_2_.html

Isolated Fury
03-18-2012, 04:19 PM
This might not be what you're looking for, but check out Gogol Bordello. They describe themselves as "gypsy punks" or "immigrant punks." The violin playing they use is more fiddle than violin, though. It's worth a listen. If I weren't posting from my phone, I'd post a link.

KickHimWhenHe'sDown
03-18-2012, 04:54 PM
This might not be what you're looking for, but check out Gogol Bordello.
I checked them out. You're right to say that they weren't what I was looking for, but I listened to a few songs and actually thoroughly enjoyed them. Especially "Start Wearing Purple" and "Oh No".
Thanks.

Llamas
03-18-2012, 04:59 PM
This might not be what you're looking for, but check out Gogol Bordello. They describe themselves as "gypsy punks" or "immigrant punks." The violin playing they use is more fiddle than violin, though. It's worth a listen. If I weren't posting from my phone, I'd post a link.

Great recommendation. Gypsy music is a GREAT place to look for awesome violin/fiddle.

Gogol Bordello (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elyQ4ShVw-Y)
And more Gogol Bordello (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFL2SXGdrVA&feature=relmfu) (better violin in this song)

Luminescent Orchestrii (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPBNMHjAjDE) (Absolutely LOVE them)

Gypsy.cz (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tseT9oOd4pY) They're hip hop, so I dunno if you'll like them, but the violin is awesome.

personal_loans_1
03-18-2012, 05:04 PM
I'd add Never Wanna Be Young Again by Gogol Bordello, violin's got nice theme there.

and I like it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5xMq_RgZes

Isolated Fury
03-20-2012, 01:47 PM
I got into Gogol Bordello after my college roommate saw them in concert.

His girlfriend had bought him tickets to go see Cake for his birthday. There was one problem. Neither of them had a car. So instead of asking to borrow my car, they took a bus. Now mind you, this wasn't a populated area like New York where public transportation is the norm. This was snow belt Pennsylvania - just ten miles from Erie. There aren't many buses running routes around there. But... It got them there, I guess. They saw Gogol Bordello open and realized they didn't have enough time to actually see Cake (the band they had actually bought tickets to see) before the bus made its next trip toward campus. So they left before Cake even took the stage.

When he got back, he told me all of this with the biggest grin on his face. This didn't make any sense to me. I love Cake. I like Cake more than he did, and I thought this was an atrocity. After he got the idea that I was confused/frustrated about his circumstances, he explained that Gogol Bordello was quite possibly the greatest live performance he'd ever seen.

The rest is history. I looked them up to see if he was bullshitting me and was quite surprised. They dominated my daily playlist for a long time afterwards.

AllIn All It's Not So Bad
03-22-2012, 09:37 AM
I read someone's response to some classical music being two popular and that's why people know it best. Would I be able to recommend Mozart's 25th symphony? Idk if it's popular enough