Today I learned that brain surgeons sometimes check their work by testing the patient's brain function while they are sl on the operating table. In February 2020 a patient was asked to play the violin while the surgeon cut away at her brain tumor. cnn.com/2020/02/19/world/…
Today I learned of "The Vegetable Orchestra" - a group consisting of ten musicians, one cook, and a sound technician. They play a wide range of music on vegetables (carrot xylophones, pumpkin drums, leek violins, onion maracas, et al). After performances, the vegetables are cooked into a soup for the audience. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Benjamin Franklin, the American political philosopher, scientist, inventor, and writer, was also a classical composer. He wrote his β€œQuartetto for Three Violins and Cello” around 1778. fi.edu/benjamin-franklin/…
Hawaiian music began in the mid 1800s, when visitors from all over came by sea to Hawai'i, bringing with them instruments such as the violin, guitar, ukulele, piano, accordion and flute. The fusion of instruments and cultures blended with Native Hawaiian chants and hymns to become a genre. surfingforlife.com/music.…
The most expensive musical instrument that has ever been solid is a Guqin, NOT a Cello or Violin! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guq…
The violin of Wallace Hartley, lead musician on the Titanic, was recovered along with his body after the ship's sinking. As recently as 2013 it was sold for $1.7million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
Today I learned about violin mice, which are basically fancy dust bunnies. When a violin is repaired, the β€œmouse” is often placed back inside the instrument for luck. Some people even collect them. violinist.com/discussion/…
Today I learned about the Hupfeld Phonoliszt Violina, a machine that plays simultaneously three violins. It was created by Ludwig Hupfeld, who presented it to the public in 1910. mclerranjournal.com/techn…
Today I learned about a 250 year old violin valued at $100k that was left at a bar by accident. The bar used it for a fiddle contest and the winner got to keep the violin. That winner pawned it for $600. The violin was then miraculously found abandoned in an alley and returned to its rightful owner. theglobeandmail.com/arts/…
Back in February a woman played violin during brain surgery so the surgeons could observe the parts of her brain she used to do so and avoid damaging her ability to play cnn.com/2020/02/19/world/…
Today I learned of Carl Unthan (1848-1929), a Prussian violinist who was born without arms. At the age of 10, he taught himself to play the violin by strapping it to a stool. If he broke a string- he replaced it and tuned it using only his toes. He was also a skilled marksman, operating a rifle with his feet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Beethoven's "Kreutzer" Sonata was first written for George Bridgetower. Following a successful premiere, it was rededicated to Rodolphe Kreutzer after George said something insulting to Beethoven. Kreutzer never played it because it was too hard, saying Beethoven didn't understand the violin classicfm.com/composers/b…
Nero never fiddled while Rome burned, because there were no fiddles in Rome. Violins were not invented until some 1400 years later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ner…
Stradivarius, of violin fame, also made guitars. While there are hundreds of Stradivarius violins, there's only one remaining playable Stradivarius guitar left in the world. guitarworld.com/gear/forg…
A ban on 190-proof grain alcohol most affected violin makers, who use the product to create varnishes used in making and restoring their instruments fredericknewspost.com/mar…
Charlie Chaplain composed the music for almost all of his films and played the Piano, Violin and Cello, despite not knowing how to read sheet music en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
For the production of 'Master and Commander', Russell Crowe personally bought the violin his character plays in the film as the budget couldn't spare the expense. He later then sold the violin at auction in 2018 for $104,000. theviolinchannel.com/acto…
Violinist Joshua Bell, sat at a metro station in Washington DC and played a violin worth 3.5 million dollars. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes, and collected $32 from people passing by. snopes.com/fact-check/bel…
NiccolΓ² Paganini was so talented at violin that people believed he had sold his soul to the devil. This idea was believed so intently that after Paganini died in 1840, priests refused to bury his body near a Church. jbonamassa.com/musicians-…
Today I learned of David Garrett, a musician who, after finally making the last payment on a $1.2 million Guadagnini violin, slipped down a stairwell and accidentally crushed his treasured instrument. theguardian.com/lifeandst…
Larry Fine of the Three Stooges burned his arm with acid as a child. His parents gave him violin lessons to strengthen the damaged nerves. He became so proficient on the violin that his parents planned to send him to a European music conservatory but the plan was thwarted by World War I. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lar…
Rednex's album Sex & Violins, best known for the hit single "Cotton Eye Joe", has a track with a 52-word title en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sex…
Today I learned of the Nazi Spy in Manhattan who got away in 1935. At Pier 86 in New York City, an Abwehr (German military intelligence) agent with the alias William Lonkowski attempted to pass secrets via a violin case and although found with the documents he was let go because Germany wasn't at war with USA. trove.nla.gov.au/newspape…
The Tarzan yell contains the voice of an opera singer, the growl of a dog, a soprano, a violin and the howl of a hyena. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar…
There is a common misconception that violin snares would be made of cat intestines, due to the fact that the sheep's intestines (cattle gut) that were actually used a long time ago got abbreviated to "catgut". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vio…
Lindsey Stirling was told on national TV that she was ultimately unmarketable, and that her violin and dance routine couldn't fill a theater in Vegas en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin…
Violinists are completely holding the violin with their head and shoulder and just uses their hand for balance violinonline.com/howtohol…
In a double-blind study, involving both new and Stradivari, expert violinists preferred new violins, voted the Strads the worst sounding and could not tell if their preferred violin was new or antique pnas.org/content/109/3/76…
Supposedly the Violin Sonata in G minor (Devil's Trill Sonata) was made by Giuseppe Tartini in an attempt to recreate a song the Devil had played to him in a dream. youtu.be/z7rxl5KsPjs
Niccolo Paganini, thought by many to be the greatest Violin Virtuoso of all time, was so incredibly good that many thought he was the Son of the Devil or he had sold his soul for his talent. He was even forced once to publish letters from his Mother to prove he had human parents. guitarramagazine.com/Nico…
Modern violins were preferred over million-dollar Stradivarius violins when the sound tests were blind sciencemag.org/news/2017/…
Albert Einstein was also a gifted musician, playing both the piano and violin with exceptional skill. He once said: "The greatest scientists are artists as well." psychologytoday.com/blog/…
Tree sap has many uses in the modern world including an ingredient in printing inks, photocopying and laser printing paper, soldering fluxes, pharmaceuticals, lens manufacturing, violin bow treatment, soft drink emulsifiers, and many more. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ros…
Niccolo Paganini, regarded by many people to be the greatest Violin Virtuoso ever, was so good that he was thought to be the son of the Devil or to have sold his soul for his talent. Therefore he was forced to publish his mother's letters to him in order to prove that he had human parents. guitarramagazine.com/Nico…
There are more Stradivarius violins around today than there are pre-WW2 television sets. historymuseum.ca/cmc/exhi…
When 21 experienced violinists were asked to compare new and old violins in a double-blind test, the least preferred was a Stradivarius. pnas.org/content/109/3/76…
The violin played on the Titanic by Wallace Hartley was found and is now considered to be one of the most well preserved artifacts of the ships sinking. telegraph.co.uk/history/9…
AndrΓ© Rieu plays a 1667 Stradivarius Violin - still the instrument of choice 350 years after manufacture. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/And…
Stradivarius violins can't be distinguished from other top-quality violins in blind tests en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Str…
Actor Ken Jeong graduated high school at 16, was Greensboro Youth of the Year, plays the violin, got a medical degree at UNC, and was a general practitioner for 9 years before leaving his clinic to become an actor greensboro.com/blogs/gotr…
In 2007 Joshua Bell pretend to be a street violinist and everyone ignored him.Just two days earlier he played in a sold out theater with each seat costing $100. The violin he used on the street was worth 3.5 million dollars. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
In 1936 a rare million-dollar Stradivarius violin got stolen from virtuoso Hall Huberman. The thief, a cafΓ© musician named Julian Altman, became famous and performed for presidents. 49 years after the theft, he confessed to the theft on his deathbed and his wife received $263k finder’s fee. nytimes.com/1996/11/06/ny…
Niccolo Paganini, thought by many to be the greatest Violin Virtuoso of all time, was so incredibly good that many thought he was the Son of the Devil or had sold his soul for his talent. Once, he was forced to publish letters from his Mother to prove he had human parents. guitarramagazine.com/Nico…
In order to survive, violin genius Paganini had to give music lessons to Napoleon's brother - in -law. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nic…
Aniline dye, p-adic number, pegionhole principle, Cauchy-Schwarz inequality and the immortal Violin Concerto No.2 Op.61 in E minor, along with many mathematical theorems and musical pieces, are all related to one family: Mendelssohn. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Men…
Fiddle and violin are the same instrument. The difference is in how they're played En.wikipedia.org/wiki/fid…
A man who entertained at restaurants played a stolen Stradivarius violin for over 50 years before confessing its true value to his wife on his deathbed nytimes.com/1987/05/14/ny…
Today I learned about Billy West, a Charlie Chaplin impersonator who movie studios used when the real Chaplin started to slow his output and demand for his movies stood high. West would often make a comedy movie every other week, and learned to play the violin left-handed to emulate Chaplin more. partisanmagazine.com/blog…
Today I learned of the Violins of Hope. A organization that finds and restores violins owned by Jews during the Holocaust. They are used for performances around the world to " make their voices heard." npr.org/2012/04/15/150645…
The Fiddle and the Violin are the exact same instrument. The difference is the type of music you play with one or the other. stringsmagazine.com/learn…

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