Just by curiosity I would like to hear what you think of twosetviolin if you have seen or heard them ?
I think that they might get in contact with a public not used to classical music, but what do you think ?
I discovered them when I was first starting the violin, (I’m a very old re- beginner) and found Eddy’s various tutorials first.
The TwoSet guys are quite accomplished players themselves, for all their horsing around. You can think of them as being at the level of orchestra pros.
They are serious players.
They have a wide audience, very very well trained players, and I think they are generally very funny. A search of this forum might show you that opinions differ on them. Some of their jokes are a bit close to the cuff, but hey ho. It’s entertainment, and nearly 3 million people on YouTube like them.
Their downside, IMHO, is humor that dips into the sub-sophomoric sometimes and viola-bashing that starts to grate after the first few dozen repetitions. On the other hand I'm at least 40 years too old to be in their target audience. They're indisputably competent violinists, they've introduced some outstanding players of whom I might not have known otherwise, some of their material is genuinely amusing, and once in a while they toss out something truly thought-provoking in passing. I'd call that a net win, and yes, I subscribe to their channel.
I like them, some of their jokes are cringe worthy, but they do have couple videos that I have watched over and over again. a friend of mine, whom is a serious violinist, went to one of their show before and she had a great time. my teacher also likes them very much.
I think they've been caught up in and ground down by the merciless industrial system of producing content online. I remember really liking their old videos that they made for fun, and not out of obligation.
Yes, that covers also most of my own thoughts. I have only known them for a short time, but I find them very refreshing; a classical problem is that it is difficult to be very original all the time.
As a parent of a tween player it makes her feel she is “in” on something when nearly all her friends have no idea who Mozart is let alone Paganini.
My high school and college students who play stringed instruments find them incredibly amusing.
My kids love them. We went to the live show and it was absolutely hysterical. Yes, there are viola jokes, but those are pretty ubiquitous no matter what. I would say the vast majority of their audience is musicians, though.
With this pandemic, my brain became starved for entertainment. I went through Netflix, Amazon Prime, PBS, HBO, and HULU. On YouTube I'd fallen into the braindead mesmerization of watching dogs get all excited when their masters came home. Then I found TwoSet Violin. Thank God. There is hope for the universe! Those guys are great.
I’ve really enjoyed a lot of the content they’ve put out. Don’t be fooled, these guys are serious players and musically very clever.
Some of their humor has become rather stale and repetitive, and much of it was sophomoric to begin with, but all of that is also true of most other famous comedy acts, if you think about it.
Some of the earlier videos, such as 16 things all gig musicians have experienced, are dead on accurate.
I watch about a quarter of their videos, but it's nice that they at least really know what they are talking about, even if sometimes their content is pretty obvious. They should hang out with Frank Yang more.
I think they're terrible, but I'm from an era when people trying to be funny weren't laughing about their own jokes all the time. I find that the mark of unprofessional, but I'm clearly wrong since even Jimmy Fallon is laughing at his own jokes all the time.
Many of the same kids watching and laughing at these guys are
TwoSet also serve as Lingua Franca among the teen and tween players.
I think they're marvelous. They have a huge number of followers -- mostly non-musicians -- watching videos about violin playing. Some of these people will go to concerts of people they've met on Twoset. Some of these people are going to take up violin playing.
This recent one with Chloe Chua is delightful:
They are definitely a good thing in the classical world. I have a lot of students who are big fans and if that translates to musical inspiration, that's good.
Personally I find them trite and lame. If kids want to watch them, good luck to them! There are worse things on the internet they could be watching.
If Shinichi Suzuki were alive, I bet he would jump at the chance to appear on Two Set Violin.
It may be a cultural thing, but their "oooooh!"s and "ooooooh!"s and "ooooooooh!"s tend to get on my nerves. Where I am from I never hear youngsters do like that.
As somebody who is a teen and has personally gone to one of their shows, I have to say that they have made a HUGE influence on the music community. Two-set have always been known to be a classical duo comedy people who post videos on youtube.
I'm with you, Tyler, and I'm not another teenage saying this. I'm 71. People need to lighten up around here. Some people have been sitting around their houses a little too long. Learn to laugh.
Gene Wie said:
"With this pandemic, my brain became starved for entertainment."
I love twoset. In fact, I put down my violin for a over a decade. Then I discovered twoset last year and kept watching their old videos. They have inspired me to pick up my violin again. I got my violin re serviced early this year right when COVID started. What a timing!
Gordon - Midsomer Murders is one of my favorite series out there - though I've watched ALL of it so often that I'm taking a break :-)
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