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The Violin, The Soul

  • Aug 26, 2010
Violin, when it’s played by the pro, is the medium to one’s soul. Through its strings, the musician imbues her/his expertise and interpretation to another’s consciousness. I thought about how beautifully the violin sounds when played by Fionnuala Sherry (Secret Garden). At times it touches our heart with a sadness which is difficult to overcome and yet at times it also comes alive. How lucky it is for those who listen and listen with their hearts. At other times, it comes with an sexy energy which is hard to ignore, a life force, like those times when it’s played by Vanessa Mae. Strangely enough, it is these women who brought a specialness to this instrument while in the case of the piano, the most accomplished are often the men. Ever wonder why that is so? I do wonder….

 In the grand scheme of things though, in an orchestra ensemble, these two instruments and many others play their parts. They have their own unique energy and place in music. I love both of them, under different conditions and moods. Music is such a joy, when you find something you love, it stays with you all throughout… It is the spring, the summer, the autumn and the winter of life.
Without it… life is not complete. It enriches, it inspires, it transcends and it is eternal. 

Secret Garden is scheduled to make an appearance at the Expo Cultural Center in Shanghai on Sep. 25, 2010. For those who are heading that way, do make sure you make a date with Secret Garden. Performances at the Expo is free to all Expo visitors! Don't miss it!

Listen to Songs From A Secret Garden: Soundclips
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September 13, 2010
wow! I see you're back, Sharrie. How have you been?
September 14, 2010
Not quite :p, leaving for Shanghai this Sunday and Singapore next week. Then it's more holidays in October :-) In the mean time, I've been busy learning all about Fengshui, LOL...
August 27, 2010
I've been playing the piano since I was I toddler, but didn't learn to appreciate the violin till a bit later, and it was actually after watching Vanessa Mae play that I really grew to admire the beauty of its sound. I bought a violin several years back, but have yet to learn how to play it. Will have to break it out! And darn, my parents aren't going to be at the Expo Center till October, but thanks for the heads up anyways!
September 14, 2010
Vanessa Mae is sensational, isn't she? I'd be at the Expo again early next week but leave just before the concert; I didn't know they are going to be there until after I have had my ticket issued! Anyhow, I've been to Secret Garden's concert before, so it won't be too much of a disappointment for me. It'd be great to see them again though ;p
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The violin is a string instrument, usually with four strings tuned in perfect fifths. It is the smallest and highest-pitched member of the violin family of string instruments, which also includes the viola and cello.

The violin is sometimes informally called a fiddle, regardless of the type of music played on it. The word violin comes from the Middle Latin wordvitula, meaning stringed instrument; this word is also believed to be the source of the Germanic "fiddle". The violin, while it has ancient origins, acquired most of its modern characteristics in 16th-century Italy, with some further modifications occurring in the 18th century. Violinists and collectors particularly prize the instruments made by the Gasparo da Salò, Giovanni Paolo Maggini, Stradivari, Guarneri andAmati families from the 16th to the 18th century in Brescia and Cremona and by Jacob Stainer in Austria.

A person who makes or repairs violins is called a luthier, or simply a violin maker. The parts of a violin are usually made from different types ofwood (although electric violins may not be made of wood at all, since their sound may not be dependent on specific acoustic characteristics of the instrument's construction), and it is usually strung with gut, nylon/steel composite, or steel strings.

Someone who plays the violin is called a violinist or a fiddler. The violinist produces sound by drawing a bow across one or more strings (which may be stopped by the fingers of the ...
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