Covering Yngwie Malmsteen on Violin

February 4, 2021, 5:58 PM · Jill blew me away with this one so I thought I'd share. Malmsteen is in the top 3 Neo Classical Fusion guitarists on the planet, covering this couldn't have been easy.

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February 5, 2021, 12:27 AM · Impressive!

I just wish the sound was more natural. I tried to look up eruption for violin and most of them are electric violins with effects but I think the natural sound of a good wooden violin can't really be improved on.

February 5, 2021, 12:47 PM · And all while moving around wearing those shoes. Besides not sounding as good I'd break my neck.
February 5, 2021, 6:28 PM · I never really focused on her moving, I was just watching her play! Nice tone as well
February 6, 2021, 4:17 PM · Yeah, it definitely makes sense to cover Malmsteen with a violin, although many things still sound weird and odd. Overall, it fits.

Of course, Van Halen was recommended in the side bar, so I clicked. And as I expected, horrible. Just don't. It's like a piano trying to play a violin concerto. No, just don't. It's like a violin trying to cover The Beatles vocals. Except very few cases, if you try to cover something classical with an electric guitar, trying to get a legitimate similar to the original version, you are gonna fail so bad. And if you try to cover rock with the violin, just more of the same, it will simply not fit. Garrett, although I like him a lot, his rock/pop things just are not attractive to me.

Different instruments require different approaches. Many times VERY DIFFERENT approaches. Most of electric guitars that try to cover Beethoven or Mozart or Vivaldi... my God, they miserably fail, it simply won't sound right, specially if you add a thousand notes per seconds and huge gains and distortion and try to be badass or something.

These things work when you transform the piece and make it guitar friendly. Then they can sound well. For example, variations. Variations on themes, where one instrument, a piano, transforms a work and make it its own.

It's just too difficult to bring something from rock/blues/metal to classical and viceversa. You are trying to mix oil and water.

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