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Samvel Yervinyan
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 In the Fiddlerman sheet music collection is a piece attributed to Yani, but of course Yani is a pianist, not a violinist.  The violinist who plays this piece is Samvel Yervinyan.

Here is the sheet music,

Until the Last Moment -- Yani

Here is a performance of the piece featuring Yani and Samvel.  The solo starts 7 minutes and 30 seconds after the beginning of the video.  Just point and click the mouse on the red progress bar at the 7:30 point.

Here is another performance featuring just Samvel,

This is great stuff and I am trying to learn the Fiddlerman written piece.  It's not just fingering and rhythm that make it work.  There is a lot of technique involved, the "kretch" for example is what I've heard call the muted punctuated note.

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November 21, 2015 - 7:19 pm
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I had a guy ask me almost daily for about about 6 months before I said ok. LOL
There is even a how to video. LOL

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Great video @Fiddlerman!

How it is that you describe playing from the heart, discussed how to play repeated melodies from different starting notes, and improvising; all of which resonates and inspires me.

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November 21, 2015 - 10:30 pm
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I'm very happy to hear that Jacques. I know you play from your heart.

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I had only hoped their might be a video to go with the sheet music.  Thanks Pierre for your tutorial.

Klezmer violin and klezmer in general depends heavily on similar ornamentation and styling.  

Here are some more video clues for the aspiring middle eastern violinist.  

The second one is particularly interesting.  The violin is strung completely differently.  I posted a question about it and here is what Daniel Hoffman said,

... there are a few ways to do it, but I lower the A string down to a G and put it next to the low G string. Then I lower the E to a D and put it next to the low D string. Then you have G in octaves and D in Octaves. You need to cut new grooves in your bridge and nut for the new placement of the strings. Hope that helps

In other words, its kind of like a two string mandolin with only the G and D strings and their octave companions.  So if you wanted to pick a few licks out by ear, this would be a good video to use since you are really only using two strings.

I don't think you have to cut new grooves just to experiment and in any case a few extra grooves in your nut and bridge are not a problem for regular stringing.  I am going to try stringing my little Cecilio like this eventually.

For more detail on playing klezmer here is the first in a series on the subject.

The actual lesson starts at 1:40

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