Best viola joke ever?
This seems to come and go from YouTube, but I found the link again. Excellent craftsmanship, beyond the usual in every respect.
You know, the authorities need to put a stop to these fake buskers! Clearly no violist could ever actually play that well in real life.
Endlich, bin Ich jetzt bereit "Don Juan" zu spielen. Leider habe Ich Keine Viola! (Gott Sei Dank).
From various cues, I infer that this is humour.
I guess it must be the virus. First I lost my taste (I'm hoping Santa will bring me Nigel Kennedy's memoirs) and now evidently my sense of humour...
Not a joke, but; The Viola is rarely used in non-classical, folk music cultures. The two exceptions that I know of are; In East Europe string ensembles the Viola is used as the rhythm and chord instrument. The bridge is filed down flatter to make 3-note chords easier. In Cuba the Viola was used as a percussion instrument(!). Take the strings and bridge off, turn it upside down and use as a medium-pitch wood-block.
Just to be fair, here's the original (non-shred) version.
You know you've reach old age memory loss when you can't think of a good viola joke.
Interesting idea, Joel! It appears that the Cubans are on to something.
For reference, the video Stephen linked is a spoof version of this masterclass:
There are a whole bunch of those "shred" videos - one of my favorites is this one with Zuckerman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzZAjIx_yac
yes Karl, that's one of my favorites too :-) :-) "the nature of the warmth of the wood of the fire"... what a nonsense! so, a proper ending there :-) but the shred video of Perlman 3rd movement of Mendelsohn is also really really hilarious!
Sorry, but what a waste of time....