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Intonation: You + You + You + You = extreme difficulty!

Ben Chan

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Published: February 20, 2014 at 1:12 PM [UTC]

Intonation on violin is hard enough when you're alone. With piano I find it's easier because you can hear the chords.

Playing chords is even harder because you can tell quicker that someone's out of tune.

Playing a quartet composed of you, you, you, and you is... well... extremely hard.

With minimal tweaking, this is how I apparently sound in quartet form. Surprisingly, better than I had expected! Not perfect, but still pretty good!


From Karen Collins
Posted on February 20, 2014 at 3:47 PM
Very nice! The four of you match vibrato so well :-)

Just curious - did you use a click track on any/all of the recordings?

From Emmanuel Chan
Posted on February 20, 2014 at 3:58 PM
Wow! Amazing! One of my favorite video game music. That is a Gagliano right?

p.s. I've always wondered, how tall are you?

From Ben Chan
Posted on February 20, 2014 at 7:52 PM
Karen: I actually did this one without a click track, but when I collaborate with others I do tend to time things out more carefully. I was able to anticipate myself enough to not need one though. Thanks for your comment!
From Ben Chan
Posted on February 20, 2014 at 7:53 PM
Hi Emmanuel - yes it's a Gagliano :) And for your purposes, I'm 5'9. Average American!
From 66.207.75.96
Posted on February 21, 2014 at 12:35 PM
Very well done! I thoroughly enjoyed this with my bowl of honeynut cheerios this morning:)
From 166.216.157.34
Posted on February 21, 2014 at 3:26 PM
Fantastic! Made me smile with delight!
From Terez Mertes
Posted on February 22, 2014 at 3:21 PM
What fun to watch! And sounds great!
From Mary Carlson
Posted on February 23, 2014 at 8:08 PM
This was awesome. Thanks so much for sharing.

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