I’ve been reading the other threads lately and was surprised to see the mention of TwoSet Violin in some posts! I just wanted to know how many of our V-commers watch TwoSet Violin haha
If you don’t who they are, they’re a violin duo of Eddy Chen and Brett Yang. They make classical music humor for us classical musicians to relate to. If you don’t know who they are, type in TwoSet Violin in the YouTube search bar and you just might end up watching their videos all day instead of practicing for 40 hours ;)
The first two or three are funny. After that it gets old.
I stopped their videos after they made fun of special needs individuals.
They are amateurs releasing videos daily, so there are some hits and a lot of misses. But some of the hits are really hilarious.
I enjoy watching their videos. They are all very good.
My 12 and 15 year old are big fans so I use a TwoSet avatar pic here :-).
I watch them sometime. They have some good videos.
They are definitely not amateurs. I believe they both play in the Melbourne Symphony, which is a full-time professional orchestra.
I think they release content a bit too often. Some of it really falls flat. Some of it, though, is pretty spicy.
Like Lydia said, they are not amateurs. They both went to conservatory, have performance degrees and play(ed) as soloists and in major professional orchestras. Btw Eddy Chen has some very useful teaching videos on youtube.
Lydia, On their website it says they left Sydney and Queensland Symphony Orchestras in 2016. Both bios also mention Melbourne Symphony but with no detailed info (they don't appear on the Melbourne Symphony roster):
Their "16 Things All Gig Musicians Have Experienced" is spot on.
Mary, I've always thought you are No. 2 too! :-))
I watch them too. Most of what they talk about is super relatable and funny, and I think they're doing a lot to make the culture of classically trained string players accessible to the public, which is nice.
Sorry, when I said "amateurs" I meant that they aren't a media studio or professional comedians.
this one seems almost right
I watched them too!
I actually really like/love them.
My kids (9 and 13) think they are the best thing ever. I enjoy some of their videos but not as much as the kids do. I think it is great that the kids have something relatable.
To clarify, they have played casually, on occasion, with the MSO. I believe they also took part in the fellowship program with SSO - they did not have full time jobs there. But they are very well trained and respected here & have done well with creating twoset.
I can relate to them.
Yes their humor can be a little corny and you certainly don’t need to watch every video, but they are still fun. I watch them with my 10YO and the videos really make him laugh. They are great for making violin a little less serious and even making it a little bit cool. We’re going to see them in concert next month and really looking foreword to it, despite my own aversion to YouTube personalities. ??
I don't believe Twoset has ever made fun of special needs people, however I can think of 2 videos where sensitive people were offended.
Like others, I like the way they make classical music accessible to everyone, young people especially as we need more of us (being 21 myself). Their viola jokes bother me a rather large amount
"I don't believe Twoset has ever made fun of special needs people, however I can think of 2 videos where sensitive people were offended."
Videos like “reacting to a prodigy” or “when you realize you have zero talent” make fun of all of us! Still, I enjoy them.
I'm going to say something very naive.
Ling Ling was first mentioned here by the tiger mother:
They're putting on the viola thing for their younger audience. It's a little obnoxious at this stage if you ask me.
Yes, Kate, I think you've probably hit the nail on the head.
It's hard enough to convince young people to take up the viola. Proliferating viola jokes only adds to the problem. There are many ways to be humorous without disparaging the viola or violists.
I think joking around is just the humorous side of life and to laugh always makes me feel better. People love to tell me violin jokes and I always look for new banjo and guitar jokes to put away for future use although I do have a hard time remebering jokes. My best friend who died quite a while ago told me he could remember every joke he ever heard and who told it to him.
In fact this video turns the tables on the joke nicely, I think. (sorry, I don't know how to embed it)
They're conservatory-educated adults... of course they are putting it on. Nobody seriously believes viola jokes are the truth.
They are funny and witty. I would just say that it would be nice if they were a little more careful with language and gestures when it comes to younger audiences.
I love the guys at TwoSet, they are talented and can be incredibly funny and entertaining.
They must be paying attention Fox because I went back recently to one of our favorite viola digs in "Learn to Conduct like Gergiev in 1 minute" with the special viola-section hand gesture, and they had completely blurred it out.
@Kate, well that's putting it a bit strongly - the point was the almost insane amount of repetition, really. Mind, I've heard all these jokes already from a violist, even the one about two of them jumping over a cliff. I won't even bother reciting any anti-violin jokes here, as I'm sure everyone here has heard and told them many times over.
Actually, in the instructions that Lars just linked to, there is mention of a "custom" button where you can set the width to 500, however, I don't see such a button. Can anyone offer advice? I see width and height attributes in the HTML code, I guess one could manually calculate a rescaling to width of 500, but strange that this seems to have been automated before but now no longer?
OK Lars, understood. Thanks for looking into it!
The best width for embedding a Youtube video on V.com would be 560 pixels wide, I hope that helps!
Fox, I'm very impressed with the length of your D.
OMG Lars that is an old reference! Yes though, thanks for bringing it to my attention, I have updated that!
Humor in general usually makes light of something or someone in a funny or interesting way. Some people are very sensitive though and it doesn't sit well if they take it as a slam.
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