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Music that Inspires
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January 31, 2012 - 12:38 am
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I have always thought that stringed instruments like the violin, viola, and cello make the most pleasing sound (at least to me), and because of this I have always had an interest in learning to play one of them.   I have heard lots of great music that uses this family of instruments but it was this version of Pachelbel's Canon in D that made me finally break down and start learning.


I thought it might be nice to share.  Enjoycool



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Samuel L Boogie
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January 31, 2012 - 6:01 am
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I guess you could say it was a classic facepalm


I'll get my coat.


It was folk music that really made me finally bite the bullet and start to try and learn but I certainly agree that there is something about them strings!


I hope your learning is going better than mine 😉

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January 31, 2012 - 9:07 am
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I used to really love Canon when I was first learning piano, but it seems like it's heavily overused these days (ie. wedding processions, etc.) and I've kind of gotten tired of it. lol  That does sound like a beautiful arrangement, however.


I posted a video of Ann Marie Calhoun playing a Phish song on the violin... it's always been a great inspiration to me -- there's something magical about the way she plays; it gives me chill bumps all over.  


Last night, I was investigating Paganini, and there are some incredible videos on Youtube of Jascha Heifetz and Alexander Markov playing some of his pieces -- their technical skill is incredible (and what sort of mad scientist could compose such music!?).


It's pretty hard *not* to be inspired by any great violin music. 🙂


PS. There's also a Spanish tango song called Por Una Cabeza that I just love, with a piano accompaniment -- I don't think it's a technically advanced piece, really, but I just love the melody.  I'd really love to play that someday with my wife's mother accompanying.

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January 31, 2012 - 10:13 pm
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Thanks for posting it. I really enjoyed listening

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February 2, 2012 - 10:49 am
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Violin used to destroy my eardrums due to the insanely bright noises. But after getting used to it there is no alternative.. Kinda like beer, wine, coffee, and all other fantastic things that turn into obsessions and addictions.


The music that inspires me to write classical pieces. It is odd. But Lamb of God, Accept, Iron Maiden, and other very.. Emotionally charged musics. However on top of that list is a collection of 13-14th century poetry. Written by Dante Alighieri; The Divine Comedy. Especially the first book, that was recently made into a movie and a videogame. It just puts me in a state of mind that turns me into a lightning conductor of inspiration 🙂 


Frédéric François Chopin holds great sway over me too... Instant-melancholy = instant-inspiration.. I often listen to this as I am writing music.


"Art, as far as it is able, follows nature, as a pupil imitates his master; thus your art must be, as it were, God's grandchild."

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February 2, 2012 - 11:18 am
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Hah, I know what you mean, Aleive.  I am very sensitive to loud, bright tones so the fiddle is something of an interesting choice for me.  (I'm fine with recordings and with live performances if I've got some distance between me and the sound but having it right up under my ear? Ouch.)  It took some getting used to but I don't think I can go back now.  I'm hooked.


As for the music that inspired me to start learning and keep playing?  I guess it would be folk music most directly but all sorts of classical and instrumental music indirectly.  I was pretty much reared listening to classical music and film scores.


On the topic of Canon in D, this isn't a string performance but it is pretty unique. To my mind it is very ethereal and somewhat eerie. (Let's see if I put this in right.)


Edit: Yay!  I did it! smile

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February 3, 2012 - 4:32 am
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That's a fantastic video, Fiddle4Fun!  Never seen it before, thanks! amuse

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