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Beatles songs with beautiful melodies (for the violin)
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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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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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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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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.

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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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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

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Helter Skelter would be good for a fiddle-ist.

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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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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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