The first time I used an electric violin, 28 years ago, the motivation was clear to me: I needed to be heard over the drummer and achieve an overdriven tone to mimic guitar heroes like Jimi Hendrix.
Over time, I discovered that the sound of rock and roll wasn't all I was after. Rather, regardless of the style of music, I was longing for that feeling you have when you've made something from nothing and you're totally spent and thrilled at the same time. It was the longing for creative expression; that feeling mattered more to me than any particular genre of music.
Here's one more tool for achieving that: the new "YEV" electric violin by Yamaha. The news that Yamaha was releasing the "YEV" at a street price of under $600 was actually shocking to me, even after working closely with Yamaha for 19 years, and even after having consulted them during the five-year process of creating the YEV. I simply couldn't understand how they could have made something this good at such an affordable price.
When they asked me if I would care to comment on the new violin, I took it as a challenge. What could I create with it?
Yamaha made this for players like me to have a tool for creative self-expression, so I created this video to embody my own search for creative self-expression, (complete with original music, juggling and break dancing):)
Thank you Yamaha for providing not only a tool and a solution, but with it an implicit challenge to each of us to find inside of us the courage to create.
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