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A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?
An actor is supposed to be a sensitive instrument. Isaac Stern takes good care of his violin. What if everybody jumped on his violin?
I love power. But it is as an artist that I love it. I love it as a musician loves his violin, to draw out its sounds and chords and harmonies.
Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.
The majority of husbands remind me of an orangutan trying to play the violin.
Honore de Balzac
It takes generosity to discover the whole through others. If you realize you are only a violin, you can open yourself up to the world by playing your role in the concert.
Jacques Yves Cousteau
Love is not love, without a violin playing goat.
Happiness is a thing to be practiced, like the violin.
Singing has always seemed to me the most perfect means of expression. It is so spontaneous. And after singing, I think the violin. Since I cannot sing, I paint.
The difference between a violin and a viola is that a viola burns longer.
You can imagine me as a kid growing up in redneck Texas with ballet shoes, tucking the violin under my arm. I had to fight my way up.
I know a girl who cries when she practices violin because each note sounds so pure it just cuts into her, and then the melody comes pouring out her eyes. Now, to me, everything else just sounds like a lie.
If we were all determined to play the first violin we should never have an ensemble. therefore, respect every musician in his proper place.
I was much distressed by next door people who had twin babies and played the violin; but one of the twins died, and the other has eaten the fiddle, so all is peace.
The moral of the story is not to listen to those who tell you not to play the violin but stick to the tambourine.
I am playing the violin, that's all I know, nothing else, no education, no nothing. You just practice every day.
I basically started playing violin at the age of six. That lasted about three years because my previous teacher died and the second teacher didn't really know how to successfully get me going.
I'm a little less hungry as an actor than I used to be. When you're a director, you're the conductor of the orchestra, and when you're an actor, you're playing the violin. There's a thrill to each of them, but as the conductor, you get the fuller sound.
You see, the one place I know where it seems totally acceptable to lie is on an actor's CV. The job of 'pretending' just seems to leak on to the page. I know an actor with 'badger taming' on his resume. Yes, I can ride a horse, play the violin and speak German. More or less. Looks good and probably won't ever be called upon. Probably. Until it is.
There was one thing Beethoven didn't do. When one of his string quartets was played, you can believe the second violin wasn't improvising.
The soprano has all those other instruments in it. It's got the soprano song voice, flute, violin, clarinet, and tenor elements and can even approach the baritone in intensity.
Would you just strap some toe shoes on and dance 'Swan Lake?' No. Would you just put a violin in your hand and - ? No. I felt that way about acting, and I was taught to feel that way. I didn't come to it on my own.
I've played every instrument you could possibly think of for 10 minutes. So I'm mediocre at everything. I can play drums, guitar, piano, violin, saxophone, clarinet, flute... Just not well.
My mother adores singing and plays piano. My uncle was a phenomenal pianist. My brother John is a double bassist. I used to play the piano, badly, and cello. My brother Peter played violin.
Whoever heard of an electric violin, electric cello or, for that matter, an electric singer?
Love is not the dying moan of a distant violin - it's the triumphant twang of a bedspring.
S. J. Perelman
Since I first picked up the violin, I've been very interested in tone and texture: I would have very visceral reactions to the texture of a snare drum or a pedal steel guitar or a violin.
Well, my main instrument is violin, but I think of myself as a songwriter who happens to play violin.
I think when I was pretty young I got really into the tone of my instrument and I remember just playing one note for an hour to just kind of feel the resonance of the violin.
Playing the violin and singing and whistling are just three different ways of making sound.
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