This is what it sounds like to play a violin with a bottleneck slide made for a guitar. I couldn't resist a little reverb with it, though I left off distortion. I haven't been able to get a good bowed sound with the slide, so it is plucked notes.
I don't think Milstein would have gone for it. Paganini might have given it a try though. LOL
I figured out what the problem is with bowing and using a slide. Even though it is a heavy bottleneck by guitar standards, I think it is too light and it damps the strings too much to bow. Using about a quarter pound of polished marble worked. Sorta. No way to handle it when on the shoulder, though. If I run across my old heavy-as-all-heck "Hawaiian" guitar slide from many years ago, I may try that.
One of the minor disappointments of my electric violin was figuring out that it didn't really work well at all with the e-bow I sometimes use with guitar. E-bows are magnetic, and even with steel strings, they only work really well near the fairly massive magnetic field of the guitar pickup. I suppose I could put a magnetic guitar pickup on my electric violin, or maybe just something like a neodymium magnet to get enough flux/field for the e-bow to work.
But the electric violin is already a bit heavy, so I'm not keen on adding much to it. Besides, I can use electric guitar with a slide and the e-bow to get a lot of what could be done with a standard bow and a slide on a violin. Plus freaky theremin/synthesizer sounds that probably would be harder with an actual bow.
This is a quick audio clip I made of slide on electric guitar with an e-bow. The only effect is a bit of reverb, e-bows give a lot of control over the volume and envelope of the sound. First minute or so is with the slide, then the second half is using the e-bow in more standard fashion. Mad bad crazy musical fun. LOL
More fun than some synthesizers I've played on. LOL
Two of my great ambitions in life.. To do soundtrack for a sci-fi or horror movies.. and to do either the cheezy funk bass or the bad electric blues guitar for a porn movie. Maybe both on that second one, since there is such a thing as multi-tracking. LOL
But yeah, it can get pretty close to at least some theremin sounds. Easier to play than a theremin. And it is just a little box that you hold in your hand over the strings rather than covering the floor with FX pedals.
The e-bow is one of those things that kept me going back to thinking of getting a violin to learn how to play it. It can get some rather bowed string like sounds. But like synth string patches or even samples, it just lacks something. It's not the real thing.
And violin/fiddle is just so dang much fun to play.
Hmm.. Looks like it may have worked. Thanks go out to Kevin for showing where the button is.
So far as the file itself, no violin on it. It's just a blah sort of techno track I made up a while back to try playing against with violin. I'm not as good as Mr. Jim/WorldFiddler at coming up with titles, so there are many variations on stuff, crap and WIP among my "compositions".
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