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The best version of Csardas I've heard
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Thank you Oz.

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OMG, well, according to every classical teacher out there, he broke all the rules except one for proper positioning and violin holding... it sounded great!

You think he might have played that a few times before this streetjelly performance? LoL Wonder how many more tunes he knows by heart without even looking at the strings once!?

He will die an old man soon and take all that incredible talent with him to the grave... that part is sad...but look how many young people were there just memorized. Who knows how many of them will one day start playing the violin, and how many people before this was recorded got inspired and said, "Well hell, if that ol man can do THAT, I should be able too as well!"

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hahaha!

That is very true, Denny. I myself, am inspired.

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I wonder how different this man's life would have been had he had the opportunity to study with a top violin teacher from an early age.  He certainly doesn't lake talent. 

Of course, that reminds me of a story told to me by an old man siting on the beach fishing on the island of St. Thomas.  He said:

"There was an old man sitting under a palm tree on the beach,  just like this one, dozing off with his fishing line out in the water.  A yuppy from the States comes up and asks him if he's catching any fish".  The old man said, "No they aren't biting very well today."  The yuppy responds, "I'll bet you could catch more fish if you had a boat."  The old man answers, "That's probably true."  The yuppy, with a thoughtful look said, "You know if you had a boat you could probably catch enough fish to sell some of them and get some extra money."  The old man answers, "Yes that's probably true."  Then, rubbing his chin in thought, the yuppy eagerly ventured, "Then you could take the money, buy a bigger boat, catch more fish and earn enough money to have other people do the fishing for you!"  Nodding his head the old man asks, "If I did all of that, could I then come and sit under this tree and fish?"

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He ought to remove that chin rest, it's just in the way.

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Uzi said
I wonder how different this man's life would have been had he had the opportunity to study with a top violin teacher from an early age.  He certainly doesn't lake talent. 

Of course, that reminds me of a story told to me by an old man siting on the beach fishing on the island of St. Thomas.  He said:

"There was an old man sitting under a palm tree on the beach,  just like this one, dozing off with his fishing line out in the water.  A yuppy from the States comes up and asks him if he's catching any fish".  The old man said, "No they aren't biting very well today."  The yuppy responds, "I'll bet you could catch more fish if you had a boat."  The old man answers, "That's probably true."  The yuppy, with a thoughtful look said, "You know if you had a boat you could probably catch enough fish to sell some of them and get some extra money."  The old man answers, "Yes that's probably true."  Then, rubbing his chin in thought, the yuppy eagerly ventured, "Then you could take the money, buy a bigger boat, catch more fish and earn enough money to have other people do the fishing for you!"  Nodding his head the old man asks, "If I did all of that, could I then come and sit under this tree and fish?"

Maybe when he was young he did and when he got older he had arthritis or something preventing him from playing it the way he used to. I like the mystery in that. We never know the stories he could tell. I was thinking his friend bet him he couldn't play that thing like a cello and he just won that would be cool. blink

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Wow, that was something special and spectacular. The talents we as people can display. Not knowing the "right" way isn't always a bad thing. It is a shame if that skill is not or was not being taught to a younger generation. very cool.

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Well, there can be more than one "right" way.  Current classical "traditional" violin form is one sort of "right". 

But the Csardas is a traditional Hungarian folk dance music that assorted classical composers gave their interpretations of.  What they heard that inspired them might have been much more like what the gentleman in the video was doing, and we don't know if those composers actually felt they had translated that sound perfectly to the very different environment of orchestra or any larger ensembles or the way the Western European violin was played in their time.  Gypsy fiddles were not exactly like the violins Brahms would have been most familiar with, nor were they necessarily tuned or played the same.

What I'm saying is that judging a folk musician by the form he uses when playing his version of some composer's version of a folk song may be.. Kinda weird. LOL

We also don't know if his intent is to be playing the classical piece that some of us are familiar with or if it just happens to sound similar because some passages are similar and he is actually improvising within the folk form or perhaps playing some actual gypsy piece not familiar to us.

But definitely, he plays great.  I liked it.  Also, if you look close at his bow hair, it doesn't appear to be the familiar flat band of hair.  I think that is maybe a cotton or linen cord, which would fit with the somewhat quieter and raspier tone. 

Great video, in any case.

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