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SILENZIUM: Enjoy the Silence

SILENZIUM: Enjoy the Silence

Russian string trio SILENZIUM performs a vibrant cover of the 1990 Depeche Mode classic Enjoy the Silence, putting their own unique spin on the ballad with a nod or two to the original’s music video.

Learning the Violin

Learning the Violin

Playing a really, really slow version of the William Tell Overture in a grade school concert was as far as we got learning to play the violin. But POV video maker Buttered Side Down is more determined to build his skills than we ever were, and he’s also got a great teacher.

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Say_Superstrings

Say_Superstrings

A trio of classical musicians teamed up with interactive artists Ouchhh on this innovative performance art work for Ars Electronica, using sensors to measure data from its cellist’s Delta, Theta, Alpha, Beta and Gamma brainwave activity to generate real-time visuals influenced by emotion, focus, auditory, and other neural response.

Playing Other Instruments on a Violin

Playing Other Instruments on a Violin

You’d think that a violin could only sound like a violin, but OddViolin proves that wrong by making his sound like a flute, harmonica, cello, and even bagpipes. Previously, he convinced the string instrument to sound like animals and make various sound effects.

Thunderstruck String Quartet

Thunderstruck String Quartet

The women of Thalia Strings tear up the place with an effervescent cover version of AC/DC’s 1990 rock classic Thunderstruck, arranged for acoustic strings by Amy Cave. Prefer Aerosmith to AC/DC? They’ve got you covered.

Pirates vs. Thrones

Pirates vs. Thrones

Musicians Eshan Denipitiya and David Loke present a simply wonderful piano and violin medley that bounces seamlessly back and forth between the theme music from Game of Thrones and Pirates of the Caribbean. Now there’s a crossover series we’d like to see.

Doctor Who Theme Violin Cover

Doctor Who Theme Violin Cover

Musician Taylor Davis presents a beautiful multitrack violin version of the famed theme from Doctor Who, ready to send us on a journey through space and time without leaving the comfort of our desks.

Star Wars in a Tunnel

Star Wars in a Tunnel

Violinist “Danielle” discovered that the acoustics of a tunnel produced a dramatic echo. Listen as she plays a passage from John Williams’ Burning Homestead. We can vividly picture Luke coming home to the smoldering corpses of Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru.

VSQ: True Love Waits

VSQ: True Love Waits

Another great cover by the Vitamin String Quartet. This time we’ve got Radiohead’s True Love Waits, which they recorded as well as Burn the Witch. If they sound familiar, that’s because they also recorded Motion Picture Soundtrack for Westworld.

Tubular Bells for One

Tubular Bells for One

Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells (aka The Exorcist theme) requires multiple musicians when played on anything but a synthesizer due to its layering. Arranger Phil Toms and musician Steve Bingham replicated the track using a loop box to augment his single string instrument.

Michael Jackson Violin Tribute

Michael Jackson Violin Tribute

Musician Brian King Joseph (aka “Brian’s Violin“) delivers a wonderfully different sort of tribute to the King of Pop on his electric violin, with this fantastic and passionate performance of the 1982 classic Human Nature.

Martha Psyko: Metal Violinist

Martha Psyko: Metal Violinist

Musician Martha Psyko performs rock and metal tunes on her electric violin. From AC/DC’s Thunderstruck to GNR’s Sweet Child O’ Mine to Bon Jovi’s Livin’ on a Prayer, to Metallica’s Master of Puppets, she knows her way around a fiddle. Her Misirlou ain’t bad either.

Guns ‘N Roses ‘N Violins

Guns ‘N Roses ‘N Violins

An unlikely cover version of Guns ‘N Roses Sweet Child O’ Mine performed in four violin parts by musician Cathie King. The video is two years old, but is just making the rounds now that G’NR shared it. Arrangement by Ben Hippen.

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Lindsey Stirling: Dragon Age

Lindsey Stirling: Dragon Age

Violinist Lindsey Stirling dons a bow of fire and battles a dragon with a string intstrument in an epic track that’s worthy of inclusion on the Dragon Age: Inquisition game soundtrack (though we don’t know if it is). Video by Everdream.

Chandelier: Violin Cover

Chandelier: Violin Cover

Electric violinist Bryson Andres turns in an impressive and unique arrangement of Sia’s powerful hit track Chandelier using a combination of live string playing and his digital loop pedal. Check out more of his tracks on YouTube.

The Dark Game of Hobbit Thrones

The Dark Game of Hobbit Thrones

One-man orchestra Jason Yang’s latest clip is a lovely medley of themes from The Game of Thrones, The Hobbit and The Dark Knight. Just one question: When is the movie coming out?

Phantom of the Opera

Phantom of the Opera

Violinist Lindsey Stirling and her band rock out this energetic and emotionally-charged rendition of Phantom of the Opera in this video by Devin Supertramp, Chris McClain and Jace Leroy.

Game of Thrones: Violin Rock

Game of Thrones: Violin Rock

YouTuber Paolody combined Jason Yang’s violin cover with Roger Lima’s rockin’ rendition of Ramin Djawadi’s stellar Game of Thrones opening theme to create this awesome mega-mix.

Violin Street Musician

Violin Street Musician

Musician Bryson Andres takes to the streets of Spokane, WA, extracting big sounds from his lone electric violin and a loop pedal in his performance of OneRepublic├»┬╗┬┐’s Secrets. More music here.

Daft Punk String Quartet

Daft Punk String Quartet

Not into classical music? Well once you hear the Vitamin String Quartet kicking out their rendition of Daft Punk’s Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger, you just might be. More cool string covers here.

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Skyrim Violin Cover

Skyrim Violin Cover

The talented Jason Yang whips out his fancy fiddle again, this time playing a couple of epic tracks from Skyrim. He truly is a one-man orchestra. Though he can’t play it live (without cloning.)

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