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Can you make "Twinkle, Twinkle" swing?
Playing with new rhythms, tring to get a big band sound for Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
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Actually dreaming of an ordinary swing big band means focusing away from the violin. But how about swinging section with just strings? That IS swing music! With Gunhild Carling from Sweden.

Gunhild's brother plays a really HOT swing violin:

My violin is a 3/4 violin, made for right-handed players, though I play it left-handed. As I felt she was the best in the shop of all 3/4 violins I tried and the luthier agreed. I prefer Obligato strings together with Eudoxa E string. Self-made bow, weight: 24 g / 0.85 oz

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This is great @Demoiselle!  Plus, you've got your sea legs!!  Awesome!

"The same movie director I worked with in the 90s started an animated pirate movie in October 2017. And I recorded music for the violin playing pirate lady. 

 

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KindaScratchy said

I personally think if anyone wanted to take a stab at playing Twinkle in a different style -- jazz, rock, bluegrass, Irish, or whatever -- it would be an educational exercise...even if they came to the conclusion that Twinkle just doesn't fit a certain style.

Metal!  no one mentioned metal!  lolspike-1268

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Helvetika said Metal!  no one mentioned metal!  lolspike-1268  

Possible! I still say going jazzy too difficult for inexperienced musicians but going rocky is easier. I bought a BOSS distortion guitar pedal myself in April and just listen how my violin sounds like if played over it:

The first recording in this compilation I made exactly that evening after I had just bought that effect pedal. I had tough problems in late April and this made me feel much better—you actually hear me laugh in the first recording. Played with bow. No other effect added, it was just distortion, turned up violently all the way, means fully (convicted guitar nerds will hate me for that effect but it was great fun). The last recording was made the following day and the one in the middle in May and very different: I have an effect processor too and added a "60s delay + reverb" and I put the bow aside and just picked.

I could get all kinds of drums from my drum synthesizer, but I would rather use one of my hand drums and put a ball chain on top. Then it kinda sounds like a snare drum. I ad some crazy wild effect and the snare should sound great. Bass drum no problem: hit a mattress and also put effect on it. I also have a little cymbal. That eguitar sound plus drums is actually enough to have something rocky. Rock can also be difficult, but since early punk rock lowered the level it can be very easy.

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This is great @Demoiselle!  Plus, you've got your sea legs!!  Awesome!
 

Call it my kind of pirate baroque. It is an actual traditional pirate song which is still well known in Germany. And it really was sung by pirates!

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My violin is a 3/4 violin, made for right-handed players, though I play it left-handed. As I felt she was the best in the shop of all 3/4 violins I tried and the luthier agreed. I prefer Obligato strings together with Eudoxa E string. Self-made bow, weight: 24 g / 0.85 oz

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I often end up using things like packs of candy and little bells or boxes as percussion, but I have fun and would recommend others to try the same 😀

I just heard on YouTube you sound very nice. But isn't there somebody who would play guitar in the background? Then you will probably find somebody to play boxes and bells, which can be a musically untrained person with natural feeling for rhythm.
 

Nobody I know well enough to feel comfortable recording with on the days I noodle around doing things like that. I have someone who wants to start a band with me that has been coming to my lessons, so maybe someday, but right now, just me.

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damfino said

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damfino said
I often end up using things like packs of candy and little bells or boxes as percussion, but I have fun and would recommend others to try the same 😀

I just heard on YouTube you sound very nice. But isn't there somebody who would play guitar in the background? Then you will probably find somebody to play boxes and bells, which can be a musically untrained person with natural feeling for rhythm.
 

Nobody I know well enough to feel comfortable recording with on the days I noodle around doing things like that. I have someone who wants to start a band with me that has been coming to my lessons, so maybe someday, but right now, just me.  

I understand and agree. Inviting some guy, I hardly know, to my apartment? And then realizing he's just interested in meeting women (which does happen often)? No, I would rather do that with another woman who plays an instrument. I have been trying out things with guys in a club where I'm a paying member and I'm recently thinking about church congregations and in that field I have quite some choices in my Berliner quarter......

I know you would be a great front woman for a band. It's not just your playing, it also looks good. If you put on the same natural smile on stage which is to see on YouTube, it will push a band a lot. Music is the main thing, but presentation is often underrated. And too many look boring while playing in public. That perspective to be able to play in a band one day is just wonderful. You get to know people plus you are safe if the band members are decent persons and reliable. That made me feel very comfortable in the past. During breaks band members always have the option to stay together and keep intrusive people away. "This is the band table, we're just having internal talk—so private circle." You know, there are always people who just looove to talk to musicians and talk about musical issues they don't know anything about. Musicians don't like that. But if there's a violin beginner you will probably talk to him and encourage him/her.

I'm sure you're not killing much time with boxes and bells. I know too much about harmony and arrangement, therefore my recordings take way more time. My pirate song does convince people so I have something to present myself if people want to know what I do—especially musicians. So I don't need more recordings. What you show on your channel also presents you in very positive way. I don't wonder people like the idea to start a band with you. 😉

My violin is a 3/4 violin, made for right-handed players, though I play it left-handed. As I felt she was the best in the shop of all 3/4 violins I tried and the luthier agreed. I prefer Obligato strings together with Eudoxa E string. Self-made bow, weight: 24 g / 0.85 oz

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