"forbidden riffs" in a violin store?
Hi all, it's been raining here for weeks already, so just for fun a question I was thinking about. Last week we read again the list with "forbidden riffs" for guitar players. This are very famous riffs that you are not supposed to play in a guitar store, because these riffs are driving the store employees crazy. Like Smoke on the water, and Seven Nation Army. When we read the list I was wondering if there were any of these pieces of music for violin and I could not think about anything. For piano I thought it would be Für Elise or some piece we call 'de vlooienmars' (Flohwalzer) For violin perhaps the beginning of Schindlers List? What is your "forbidden riff" for violin?
There must be so many.
Adagio from BWV 1001 :)
Gordon, et al,
For those interested, Ben Comeau, a British composer, did a brilliant fugue on Seven Nation Army, for chorus and baroque orchestra. The words should probably not be repeated here, but they are easily discoverable on YouTube.
Although this is a joke thread, Marco has hit the nail on the head, I think.
That and the opening to the Bruch No 1. My guess is you hear a few Tchaik and Sibelius, not to mention Zigeunerweisen, but that is probably less irritating.
-Anything from the early Suzuki books
Rich has a few good ones. I'd add:
I would say you should be able to play whatever you know and want. If they don't have that list there intended as a joke only, just go to another store haha
Stephen - but the opening to the Bruch is perfect for testing violins, going as it does from the low G to the high E.
How about our National Anthem?
@ Elise - but what fun would that be?
The funny thing about the opening of Bruch is that players have mostly stopped using it for trying violins. It was the passage of choice for a while, but then players started to feel like it was overplayed and decided that they needed to come up with something else that wasn’t just the same passage everybody used.
The first solo of Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherezade" will use all strings: high to low then back.
There is a shop in New York called Salchow which specializes in bows. I haven’t been there in quite a long time but at least in the past they actually had a sign forbidding the Mendelssohn Scherzo! I don’t know if they were serious or not.
Did Paganini made some of the forbidden riffs?
A cellist sliding around looking for a wolf note, as if there was any good-sounding cello which doesn't have one.
EA, AD, DG ;-)
Jean and back - endlessly. Oh and then double stopped ... .... :D
The opening of the Gigue from the Bach D Minor suite is probably the riff I've heard most often.
I agree with Stephen Symchych about Sibelius and Tchaikovsky.
The story about the sign at Salchow's is really funny. Makes sense that a bow shop would hear a lot of Mendelssohn scherzo, and maybe Schumann scherzo too.
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