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Some lighter or humorous stuff related to stringed instruments

Something to make you cringe....

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Darth Fiddler flattened...


ImageAfter a man crossed over to the dark side and tackled Victoria’s famous Darth Fiddler, a music store has stepped up to help the busker get back on his feet. Darth Fiddler, the performer’s alias for Randy McKenna, was performing at his usual perch at Government and Wharf streets on Saturday, when he was assaulted at about 7 p.m.


Playing the violin with a Sawzall

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Violin joke - practice excuse

Practise excuse


József Lendvay plays Csárdás by Monti

This has to be one of the best versions of the famous Csárdás. Enjoy!


Albert Einstein on the violin

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





How her husband wished she played the violin...

Piano fro bedridden

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Seriously, does anyone know the history of this piano for the bedridden? One good reason to play the violin instead of the piano...


Heavenly conductor

ConductorSo the violinist dies and arrives at the pearly gates. St Peter asks him what he did for a living.
'Played fiddle in the local symphony,' answers the unfortunate soul.
'Excellent,' replies the saint, 'we have an upcoming concert and we can do with some help in the seconds.
The day of the first rehearsal arrives and our hero is sitting nervously in the third desk waiting for God, the conductor, to arrive. God appears and moves (in his normal mysterious ways) to the podium.
'What's He like as a conductor?' the violinists asks his stand partner.
'He's OK, except that He sometimes thinks he's Von Karajan!'


Tom Robbins on Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg

Nadja Salerno-SonnenbergOne of my favourite violinists is Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, known for her fearless interpretations and passionate, electrifying performances. One of my favourite authors is Tom Robbins, known for his off-beat, highly original writing. When I came across this piece -- by Tom Robbins on Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg -- I knew that it has to be something special. You be the judge...

(This appeared in Wild Ducks Flying Backward, as well as Esquire, 1989)

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