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Can a Violin Sound Like an Erhu or Kokyu? Can a Cello?
Music from East Asia/Southeast Asia.
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ELCB
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You can play the violin so it sounds like a 2-string Chinese Erhu or a 3-string Japanese Kokyū! 

A Cello can use the same techniques!

I'm going to cut right to the chase - here's some techniques you need to learn, first! 

"Imitating Asian Instruments with Foonyap" 

 

On the Cello! 

Erhu and Cello Duet – "A Mongolian Bowl Dance" 

 

What you can strive for on the Violin! 

Try this simple melody by ear - "Spinning Song 2" 

 

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- Emily 

 

SharonC has a thread titled "Morin Khuur - Mongolian Horse Fiddle", even more appropriate for Cello! 

I've been chomping at the bit to dig into some of these other genres!  Abundant wealth of beautiful music to explore and I hope eventually we might have similar threads within 1 "East/Southeast Asian Music" Genre.

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Now that I've posted some videos on technique, thought I'd transplant this video from one of my other posts - maybe you'd like to try this song on your Violin, Viola or Cello. 

Besides the "Spinning Song 2", I've only played "Jia Ren Qu - Beauty Song" from "House of Flying Daggers".  Btw, excellent movie!  Bump up the video resolution to max.

 

I learned this by ear a while back, not difficult - so you all can do it! 

Now I just need to revisit it using the previous post's techniques! (lol) 

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- Emily

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I decided to showcase this performance here by itself because, to me, this is the ultimate!  If only I could play my "Mortimer" some day, like this... oh, well - it's a bit of a far stretch for my lifetime.😏

"Maria Kaneko Millar - Sakura for Solo Violin - ABRSM Grade 8" 

 

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Just to get you all thinking...

We've all heard of Lindsey Stirling with her dance videos, but for this thread I present a Violin solo/Dance performed and composed by Maria Kaneko Millar - "Tsuru" (The Crane). 

 

I'd be lucky to walk and chew gum at the same time -and I don't think I'll ever be able to get my pizzicato even close! 

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- Emily 

 

...keep finding myself writing "pizzacato" - Freudian slip?  Pizza + Cato (my maiden name) - just seems like they belong together. (lol)

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Great coordination and control by Maria Kaneko Millar. Her uniqueness puts her in a class of her own. 🙂

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