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Beatles songs with beautiful melodies (for the violin)
23 July 2010
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A Fiendish Thingy
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I play the violin and I'm bored this summer, so I'm trying to transcribe a bunch of Beatles songs on my own and play them. I'm just having a little trouble with finding songs that are right for the violin; some of them are a little bland and don't have much variety of notes in the melody.

 

I've already done "Like Dreamers Do", which is a good example of a very rich melody, perfect for a slow rendition on the violin. Other good examples are "Blackbird", "Because", etc. A not-so-good example would probably "If I Needed Someone".

 

Do you guys have any suggestions of songs with violin-suiting melodies? Remember, I'm flexible! I'll most likely adjust the speed and maybe the rhythm slightly for my versions. Thanks! a-hard-days-night-george-9

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23 July 2010
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Can you do the closing crescendo from A Day In The Life?

But seriously folks…

If there is a way you could post some of those songs when you finish, I would love to hear some of it.

Just don't try I Am The Walrus. According to John, that doesn't work well for violin.

"I go to restaurants and the groups always play Yesterday. Yoko and I even signed a guy's violin in Spain after he played us Yesterday. He couldn't understand that I didn't write the song. But I guess he couldn't have gone from table to table playing I Am The Walrus."

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23 July 2010
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I heard once In my life .. it was quite beautiful. The obvious choice would be Eleanor Rigby.

 

Now what about Love's While My Guitar Gently Weeps? Those strings at 2:53  are heartbreaking. I always think of those violins weeping for George.

 

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23 July 2010
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I wish summer will come soon… I'm freezing here!

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24 July 2010
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I would think that "All My Loving", played at a much slower tempo, would be beautiful on violin.  "And I Love Her" would be a knockout, too.  The melodies of these songs rise and fall and would really suit the violin.

24 July 2010
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Actually, All My Loving would be really good. There's an orchestral version in Magical Mystery Tour, in the beach scene

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24 July 2010
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Marcelo said:

I wish summer will come soon… I'm freezing here!


 

We can switch places… I'm dying with the terrible heat…

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24 July 2010
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We always get weather extremes… Last summer it got up to 48 degrees celsius (about 120 F), and in the winter it's sometimes about 2 degrees. Spring is nice though

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24 July 2010
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I think In My Life would be a good one. I Will and If I Fell too. Your Mother Should Know might be good if you slowed it down a lot! a-hard-days-night-george-8

24 July 2010
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Helter Skelter would be good for a fiddle-ist.

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24 July 2010
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Get ready for a long post… all of your recommendations are wonderful!

 

MrBig said:

Helter Skelter would be good for a fiddle-ist.


 

Maybe… I think if I had an electric violin, it would sound really
cool, too. a-hard-days-night-george-2 

this girl said:

I think In My Life would be a good one. I Will and If I Fell too. Your Mother Should Know might be good if you slowed it down a lot! 


 

I think I'll do those! Thanks. a-hard-days-night-george-9 And welcome to BB! I'm honored to have started the thread in which you chose to use your second post for.

"All My Loving" sounds good, too.

How does Autumn get over there, Paulrus? Here it's awful. We have two months of BOILING HOT, and the rest of the year is freezing. At least in the county I live in, it is. In Southern Utah, I hear it's lots warmer.

mithveaen said:

I heard once In my life .. it was quite beautiful. The obvious choice would be Eleanor Rigby.

Now what about Love's While My Guitar Gently Weeps? Those strings at 2:53  are heartbreaking. I always think of those violins weeping for George.


 

Those all sound good! My orc-dork friends (our nickname for Orchestra kids) and I are actually preparing for a string quartet version of "Eleanor Rigby" for the school's talent show next year. It'll be a blast! a-hard-days-night-ringo-9

Zig said:

If there is a way you could post some of those songs when you finish, I would love to hear some of it.


 

I will post some if I can. I haven't picked up my poor violin (I call it Ringo) in ages (a couple of weeks), though, so I'll have to brush up. And I love that quote! a-hard-days-night-john-6

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25 July 2010
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A Fiendish Thingy said:

How does Autumn get over there, Paulrus? Here it's awful. We have two months of BOILING HOT, and the rest of the year is freezing. At least in the county I live in, it is. In Southern Utah, I hear it's lots warmer.

Those all sound good! My orc-dork friends (our nickname for Orchestra kids) and I are actually preparing for a string quartet version of "Eleanor Rigby" for the school's talent show next year. It'll be a blast! a-hard-days-night-ringo-9


You're Utah county, right? I guess it's the same as it is in Salt Lake county. 

You're a violinist too? (Jumps up and down and claps hands) 

How 'bout "Don't Pass Me By?" 

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25 July 2010
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A Fiendish Thingy said:

How does Autumn get over there, Paulrus? Here it's awful. We have two months of BOILING HOT, and the rest of the year is freezing. At least in the county I live in, it is. In Southern Utah, I hear it's lots warmer.


Actually, Autumn is alright. Usually. Melbourne is known for it's weird weather, though. Three days of 40 degrees+ heat followed by a downpour of rain is dismissed with a "Bloody Melbourne weather".
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25 July 2010
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August is absolutely the worst month for Wisconsin. Nothing but humidity and mosquitoes (they're our state bird).  

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25 July 2010
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MrBig said:

August is absolutely the worst month for Wisconsin. Nothing but humidity and mosquitoes (they're our state bird).  


*snorts* (tries to type something) *falls over giggling* 

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25 July 2010
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MrBig said:

August is absolutely the worst month for Wisconsin. Nothing but humidity and mosquitoes (they're our state bird).  


Thanks for the tip. I'll write a memo: "Don't visit Wisconsin in August." Ready!

 

mithveaen: you have a deal. Just leave a refrigerator full with Corona, some tacos and guacamole (or any delicious food you have in México).

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25 July 2010
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Marcelo said:

MrBig said:

August is absolutely the worst month for Wisconsin. Nothing but humidity and mosquitoes (they're our state bird).  


Thanks for the tip. I'll write a memo: "Don't visit Wisconsin in August." Ready!

 

mithveaen: you have a deal. Just leave a refrigerator full with Corona, some tacos and guacamole (or any delicious food you have in México).


 

Sure!! Quesdaillas, tacos, tamales, bocoles, whatever you want. And I have an avocado tree in my yard so you can have all the guacamole you want. I just need some mate. Never tried it. Been always curious a-hard-days-night-ringo-12

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26 July 2010
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mithveaen said:

Marcelo said:

MrBig said:

August is absolutely the worst month for Wisconsin. Nothing but humidity and mosquitoes (they're our state bird).  


Thanks for the tip. I'll write a memo: "Don't visit Wisconsin in August." Ready!
 

mithveaen: you have a deal. Just leave a refrigerator full with Corona, some tacos and guacamole (or any delicious food you have in México).


 

Sure!! Quesdaillas, tacos, tamales, bocoles, whatever you want. And I have an avocado tree in my yard so you can have all the guacamole you want. I just need some mate. Never tried it. Been always curious a-hard-days-night-ringo-12


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26 July 2010
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Um… I found some black mole. Mmmm, chocolate.

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26 July 2010
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MrBig said:

mithveaen said:


 

Sure!! Quesdaillas, tacos, tamales, bocoles, whatever you want. And I have an avocado tree in my yard so you can have all the guacamole you want. I just need some mate. Never tried it. Been always curious a-hard-days-night-ringo-12


No love for the vegetarians?
 

 

Most of Mexican food can be vegetarian. The only problem is that quesadillas have cheese and you need to watch for the fat they put in the masa to prepare the bocoles. And I don't eat pork meat at all.

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