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I'm not so serious as to do the "Ling Ling 40 hrs/day" practice, but how can anyone play violin, viola or cello and not be serious?
Long story, short - while researching the million music sub-genres out there (to be able to identify a song I like), I ran across this video!
This video is several years old, so probably everyone knows this artist and has seen this ...except me.
Don't judge me - I've been told my sense of humor is off a little.
Day 2. Any Violin, Viola or Cello humor from anyone?
This is an early Jack Benny episode (about his violin teacher).
*Please, please... we all live in an enlightened age, just consider the character "Rodchester" (or Rochester?) to be Jack Benny's WIFE!
Wow, I remember watching some of these as a kid...
Emily: I started watching the Jack Benny videos for the first time recently. Although I don’t have to work at sounding bad (that seems to come naturally), I think Jack Benny had to really work at it since he really could play well.
This episode of Jack Benny, Isaac Stern is hiding in a closet playing, making Jack think that he is hearing a recording of himself—too funny. The last 4 minutes of the clip, (~22:20) Stern plays for the audience. I really like the camera close up angles that shows his playing, particularly the angle that looks over his shoulder from behind so you have a really good view of his left hand on the fingerboard.
This clip is from movie Limelight with Chaplin & Keaton is funny (without words). Chaplin actually played violin well—and played left-handed (with the strings in reverse order on the violin).
AndrewH - Thanks for participating! Soooo cute!
SharonC - Great videos!
I had a hard time deciding between 1st posting the Jack Benny video I did and the one you posted. I (also) just stumbled on the Jack Benny ones - been ages since I've even seen him in an old movie.
I actually don't remember ever seeing that Chaplin skit!
Thanks for participating!
Here is a link about Charlie Chaplin and his violin. Scroll down to Charlie Chaplin
He bows with his left hand - left handed violinist
Bow with right hand - Right handed violinist
They call me, “Mellow Cello”
cid - Thanks!
Only recently (a little too late now) did I give this much thought - except that it would make sense to do the more complicated half of playing with your dominant hand.
I thought, if I'm holding the violin in my left hand I must be a Left-handed violinist - duh!
Good thing I'm too old to worry about embarrassing myself...
This video really got a smile on my face when I saw it first time! 😊
When I was looking at the Charlie Chaplin info I was Googling, it said that you would normally pick up a pencil with your right hand if you are right handed. They likened the bow to the pencil, so,they called it right handed with the bow in the right hand, and left handed with the bow in the left hand.
They call me, “Mellow Cello”
BTW, if anyone isn't familiar with Jack Benny - most of the time, in his program skits, he would portray a terrible sounding violinist (didn't believe he sounded horrible) & never improved despite his instructor.
The end of the 1st video (in this thread) shows the superb violinist he is in real life (like SharonC mentiond) - even though the sound department can't seem to keep their hands off anything in these old shows!
Scroll down to Charlie Chaplin
"As a child, Chaplin had great ambitions of becoming a professional violin player; by the time he was 1, he was playing in English music halls but chose to concentrate on acting later on instead."
Gordon Shumway - Andrew, every time I see your "Alf" moniker, makes me 😁. I actually airbrushed a portrait of Alf on an A-7 for nose art back in late 80's. I made sure it was all on 1 panel - the Crew Chief of that jet was able to R&R it to keep when the jet was re-assigned to another Air Base.
Okay, here's a terrible joke...
Q: What do you call 1 pretty good violinist, 1 average violinist, 1 failed violinist and 1 person who hates violinists - all in the same room?
A: A String Quartet!