Best viola joke ever?

December 17, 2021, 5:08 PM · This seems to come and go from YouTube, but I found the link again. Excellent craftsmanship, beyond the usual in every respect.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTKSPQmu7xc

Replies (13)

December 17, 2021, 5:31 PM · 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.
December 18, 2021, 2:38 AM · Sehr schön!

Well, I admit I love the viola (sadly I no longer own one), and honestly tire easily of viola jokes. However, I do like one:

Q: "Why do Germans call the viola 'Bratsche'?"
A: "That's the sound it makes when you sit down on it."

I'll see myself out...

Edited: December 18, 2021, 8:12 AM · Endlich, bin Ich jetzt bereit "Don Juan" zu spielen. Leider habe Ich Keine Viola! (Gott Sei Dank).
December 18, 2021, 8:03 AM · From various cues, I infer that this is humour.

Having watched the video, I wonder what the actual guy with the viola makes of it.

Rather well executed overdub, though.

Edited: December 18, 2021, 8:25 AM · 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...
December 18, 2021, 10:55 AM · 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.
December 18, 2021, 11:35 AM · Just to be fair, here's the original (non-shred) version.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aW0ncJ3-dxQ

December 18, 2021, 2:04 PM · You know you've reach old age memory loss when you can't think of a good viola joke.
December 18, 2021, 2:27 PM · Interesting idea, Joel! It appears that the Cubans are on to something.
December 18, 2021, 11:39 PM · For reference, the video Stephen linked is a spoof version of this masterclass:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aW0ncJ3-dxQ

Apparently, Martin Stegner did the dubbing himself.

December 21, 2021, 9:42 AM · 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
Edited: December 21, 2021, 2:08 PM · 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!
December 21, 2021, 2:38 PM · Sorry, but what a waste of time....


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