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Some lighter or humorous stuff related to stringed instruments

Cello scr*tum? It’s a load of . . . nonsense, admits Baroness Murphy

Until this week cellists worldwide had reason to fear a terrible malady. Worse than fiddler’s neck, flautist’s chin or even the dreaded guitarist’s n*pple was the condition known as “cello scr*tum”.

Never mind that this dermatalogical ailment seemed unlikely, given the posture of the average male cellist, the condition was named in the British Medical Journal, and thereafter in an array of reviews of musician’s aches and pains.

Nearly all such reviews referred to a letter to the journal in 1974 from John Murphy, husband of Dr Elaine Murphy, who noted that he had once come across a case of cello scr*tum. But Dr Elaine Murphy, now Baroness Murphy, has now admitted that the letter she drafted with her husband was a hoax, a practical joke that the couple have been “dining out on” ever since.


A robot playing the violin!

Look at this robot playing the violin. Presumably they are still working on a vibrato module!


The impossible duet

Check out this incredible 'duet' by Handel-Halvorsen performed on cello and violin . You can buy the sheet music for this here. Enjoy!



Time to Tie a String Around That Strad

They talk about these bundles of wood and string as if they’re an extra limb, a repository of their DNA, a conduit to the very depths of their soul.
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