Kent Violinist for Weddings and Events

A penny for your thoughts…

As a function violinist, I meet a lot of people with a lot of different music tastes: brides, grooms, events coordinators, guests & punters (sober and not-so-sober), musicians and music-lovers. Despite my best efforts to convert the world to the classical gems that I love, I sometimes get requests for “something from the charts” or “current”. This is a tricky one. I have my own selection of favourite jazz standards and preferred popular tunes but, just as “classical” music covers a range of hundreds of years, “popular” music doesn’t make it much easier. Who’s to say that a lover of Adele won’t want to run screaming from the room at the sound of the Shoop Shoop song on solo violin? (And yes, this was requested for one bridal entrance.) In many classical musicians’ opinions, the idea of covering most popular songs should simply be left well alone. But over the years I’ve opened my mind to clients’ suggestions  and some play out surprisingly well.

So here’s where I need your help: Is there a popular tune you think would sound nice on the violin?

Generally songs with continuous or catchy melodies (as opposed to very rhythmical songs heavily reliant on  percussion) work best…

Comment below and I’ll add your suggestions to my repertoire. The only condition is that is has to be a “good” song… whoever ultimately decides what that is!

Thanking you!

POST TITLE: A penny for your thoughts…
AUTHOR: Jenny Maslin
POSTED: 19th February 2015

12 Comments »

  1. Is this a solo violin or multiple?
    I’m not one for modern stuff but I like my classick rock. What about Sweet Child of Mine by Guns n Roses? I figure the main melody lends itself quite well to the violin. Or perhaps the classic foreigner ballad I want to know what love is?

    Comment by Ian B — 19/02/2015 @ 8:06 pm

  2. Thanks Ian! Probably solo (with backing track) but I do arrange pieces for my violin duo too…

    Comment by Jenny Maslin — 19/02/2015 @ 8:10 pm

  3. How about something like Read All About it by Emile Sande? I can see that working well!

    Comment by Poke — 20/02/2015 @ 8:42 am

  4. Ooh yeah, thank you!

    Comment by Jenny Maslin — 20/02/2015 @ 8:48 am

  5. They’re not in the charts, but how about something by The Corrs? Well known melodies and partly written for violin already.

    Comment by James — 20/02/2015 @ 8:51 am

  6. Another idea.. Ellie Goulding – The Writer?

    Comment by James — 20/02/2015 @ 8:52 am

  7. Good one James! 🙂

    Comment by Jenny Maslin — 20/02/2015 @ 11:06 am

  8. A whiter shade of pale is probably my all time favourite. No idea how that would sound on solo violin. It’s brilliant on the bagpipes.

    Comment by Big Momma — 20/02/2015 @ 9:39 am

  9. Thanks Big Momma. I’ll try it out. This is great!

    Comment by Jenny Maslin — 20/02/2015 @ 11:07 am

  10. How about doing a cover of local acoustic acts like myself x

    Comment by David Warren — 20/02/2015 @ 11:22 am

  11. That’s a nice idea for local functions! People like ones they recognise though, so I think for the average gig I’ll have to go with the crowd…

    Comment by Jenny Maslin — 20/02/2015 @ 11:47 am

  12. The Shires. I’ve got some of their videos on my wall x

    Comment by David Warren — 20/02/2015 @ 12:08 pm

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