Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Violin Eruption

A customer of mine today bought a Boss GT-Pro. Naturally, I asked how much guitar recording he was doing. Turns out, he isn't. Actually, he is writing a symphony for the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and this effects unit is for violin. Wow, that's going to be killer! I can't wait to hear what he comes up with.

I was thinking about that tonight, and with the few minutes I had before bed, got a little experimental in my web surfing.

The result was running across Bobby Yang (this is not the customer of which I spoke earlier), who I've never heard of before. He is a brilliant, classically-trained rock violinist who doesn't use electronics - no pedals, just the instrument.

As a young teen, I was of course blown away with the rest of my generation at the virtuosic playing of Edward Van Halen on his debut album. Especially pyrotechnic was the solo entitled "Eruption," spotlighting Eddie's playing in a way no one had before.

Well, if you're familiar with Eddie's version, you simply have to listen to Bobby Yang playing it on the violin. Holy cow!

Just click the pic and be prepared...


At 10:49 AM, Blogger Monica said...

oh WOW!!! I have always said the violin is one of the most underappreciated instruments.... Thanks for sharing that!!!

At 4:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You should check out The String Quartet Tribute to Tool. Absolutely amazing, although no f/x.
Also, there's a piano album and a baroque album. Interesting stuff.
No pan flute and lute album yet, but one can always hope.

At 8:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahem...I'm not 40 YET.
You'll be there before I will.

At 7:38 AM, Anonymous Lindsay said...

Hey Ron, you might be interested to check out Andrew Bird. He's an amazing violinist who actually loops himself live and plays over himself (with violin or sometimes switches instruments mid song)

Very impressive, and great music.


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