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Wonder if you have an idol?
Is there one musician who beats all ?
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Oliver
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KS

Don't take me too seriously.  HERE is the best!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....52051jhEfk

When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

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Omigosh.. isn't that just amazing.  🙂  thank you for posting that. 

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Believe it or not I sometimes play this clip for a healthy laugh but the joke is on me.  I actually ponder if I practice long enough (10,000 hrs.?) could I rise to that musical level?  What about an expensive bow?  I could buy all the gizmos from Shar ?  Maybe a 5-figure violin.  (That would HAVE to be an improvement!).  And I'm long overdue for new rosin.

THE ANSWER IS ...... NONE OF THE ABOVE!   People like Emily only happen a few times every century and that's all there is to it.  So glad to see that at least once in my life time and such a laugh to imagine that there is any connection between her world and mine !!

What if they had a violin in the house when she was a child ??????

When you come to a fork in the road, take it.

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Fiddlerman
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I don't think I ever heard that video with Natalie MacMaster. Thanks for sharing that. It's fantastic.
Very interesting with the mandolin playing Bach. Almost sounds more Baroque than the violin. I wonder how hard it would be for me to learn to play something like that on the mandolin. I think I would get the left hand quite quickly but I don't know about the right....
I had to share Emily Bear on Facebook - Too cool. I guess you can't underestimate talent.

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but the one who needs the least."

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Oliver said
KS

Don't take me too seriously.  HERE is the best!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....52051jhEfk

No offense taken, Oliver. :) I know that John Denver might not be most people's idea of a musical idol, but he is the artist who got me really into playing the guitar as a teenager, which influenced my other musical endeavors and most recently led to my taking up the violin and mandolin. So he and his music are still important to me to this day.

When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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WOW!!  Very cool thanks for posting that Oliver. 

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KS

If John Denver was your inspiration that's fine with me and good for you.  But I always felt that JD was half music and half image and that did work for a lot of people.

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Aloha everyone,

At this point, like @Fiddlerman, I have too many to list, but I'll list three of my favorites.

First is Valentina Lisitsa, who was born to play Beethoven.

Next is Glenn Gould, who was born to play Bach.

and finally is Kevin Burke, who was born to play Irish fiddle. 

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Aloha everyone,

I failed to include the classical violin, so here is an offering from Vadim Repin, an outstanding Russian violinist.  I apologize, but I only have audio.

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coolpinkone
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Thank you Ibud.  That was FANTASTIC!

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Shawn Lane

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I don't really have an idol but I love to watch Andre Rieu. He always looks like he is having fun. And I also like to watch the audience and the members of his orchestra - always leaves a smile on my face.smilesemiquaver-1214

"A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?
~~Albert Einstein

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coolpinkone
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@VickieD 

I have to say... I have become a fan of Andre Rieu.   I was not at first...but in the last year I have really used his youtube videos as a way to just experience nice theatrical and musical performances. He is so very into his playing... and the backdrops and his seemingly cheerful way.  I love to enjoy  his performances. 

I love this one..

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That was beautiful @coolpinkone (good movie too). I also enjoy listening to Mark O'Connor. Here is on some of us are working on.

I need to figure out how to get the video to show rather than just the link.

"A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?
~~Albert Einstein

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coolpinkone
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@VickieD that is so gorgeous.. What harmony!!! I am so in love.   Off to listen again!

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@iBud  I also adore Valentina Lisitsa..  there is a video with her and My Gal Hilary.. and I adore it.   :)

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Aloha @VickieD,

I really love that video with Mark O'Connor, but they make it seem so easy, don't they? hahaha :D  That was a beautiful arrangement of Ashokan Farewell - I just wish I could play it with 1/1000th of their talent.  Very nice video indeed!

Aloha @coolpinkone!  Valentina is another one that makes it look so easy to play the more difficult pieces, such as the 3rd movement of the Moonlight Sonata.  Of course, when you see the sheet music, then try to play it, you get to see how really difficult it is and begin to appreciate the effortlessness Valentina displays.  One interesting thing she does on some videos is use a chest strap with a GoPro camera while she plays.  Of course, that way her arms look to be around 6 feet long!  

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Great stuff. :)
Thanks for all the fantastic links.

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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Of course FM is an unsaid hero. Without this site, I never would have started to play.

 

That being said,  my 3 musical heroes are Itzhak Perlman, Adam Degraff and my Father. My daughter is a VERY close 4th, but as she reads these forums, I would hate for it to go to her head.  gold_star

 

Lindsey sterling and her unique style caught my attention to alternative violin playing instead of purely classical.

"I find your lack of Fiddle, disturbing" - Darth Vader

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Is your daughter a registered member here. If so, what is her username?

Aren't you worried about your comment going to my head? LOL

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but the one who needs the least."

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