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The Weekend Vote weekend vote: Have you ever played your violin in a talent show?

November 18, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Have you ever played your violin in a talent show?

This young man has, and is this cool or what? He used Adam DeGraff's violin version of "Stairway to Heaven" as a starting point. Since the music has not been printed, he must have learned it by ear to play in his high school's talent show:

A gentleman on Facebook identified him for me, "That's Peter, a high school sophomore in Carmel, Calif. He has as his browser home page... and heard this arrangement of Stairway on the Dueling Fiddlers 'Rock Violin' album, thanks to that album being mentioned as a favorite for 2010! He's active in the chamber music program of the local Youth Orchestra , and also plays in the Carmel Strings, a semipro gigging quartet."

So I can answer "yes," that some years ago I did play in my school's talent show. I did not quite get this reception! Kudos to Peter, for giving such a nice live performance and developing versatility in his playing.

From Emily Grossman
Posted on November 18, 2011 at 8:51 PM
I have never wanted to learn stairway before today.
From Laurie Niles
Posted on November 18, 2011 at 10:12 PM
Right? Who needs it on the guitar when it can be like that on the violin? Adam DeGraff, write this great arrangement down, please. :)
From Simon Streuff
Posted on November 18, 2011 at 10:49 PM
sounds much better on guitar still ;)
From Mendy Smith
Posted on November 19, 2011 at 1:11 AM
I want a transcription for viola!!!
From Adam DeGraff
Posted on November 19, 2011 at 1:44 AM
So, since Peter posted his video, I've had a lot of requests for the sheets. I never really wrote any of it down, but I'm doing so now. Should be done in a few days. If y'all would be so kind as to "Like" us on Facebook, I'll be sure to make an announcement when the music is ready.



From Randy Walton
Posted on November 19, 2011 at 3:05 AM
All I can say is WOW!!!! That boy is GREAT!!
From bill platt
Posted on November 19, 2011 at 3:58 AM
Haha Emily. Jsut about the most overplaid ever. Bjut I agree the fiddle makes it fresh
From Rebecca Hopkins
Posted on November 19, 2011 at 5:04 PM
So great! There was a recent thread asking "what inspires you", and for me, things like this does. Actually a kind of "inspired/intimidated" thing.
I know some sheet music is being prepared, but the guitar chords are all over the internet, and I am trying to figure it out from them. One thing to envy guitar players for, just knowing all those chords without thinking. I so love that the violin is more prominent in all kinds of music!
From Laurie Niles
Posted on November 19, 2011 at 9:53 PM
Adam, you rock!

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