Oh no. Oh wait, that doesn’t work. Is that better guys? No no no no no… A little bit more, little bit more… Little bit more… – The perfect balance.
– There you go. Everything in balance, as the universe should be. Music theory creates order. Welcome to another episode of TwoSet Violin. – Mmm!
– Today, we have a new special episode. It’s always a special episode. – Guys, it’s gonna be a fun episode.
– Thank you. We’re gonna be reviewing some of… *tsk tsk* …that good classical music portrayal and representation. Let’s get into it. Oh my god, that bow hold. That pinky, yo! I can’t…how do you—how do you— That is the most curled pinky ever. It must be so tense! Yes, you can lift it if you’re at the tip, but lift it does not mean… *shriek* *snickers* Oh, dude… It hurts, it hurts. I’m getting tension. And why is it always Canon in D? Why? *sigh* We love Canon in D. Yes. Love it. Best piece of music in the world. – “Please play it at my wedding,” said every person ever.
– Yeah. Of course the bowing is always off, again! Just random, like… That’s a bit aggressive. Holy moly. Alright, so much is happening right now. So this girl’s deaf, but she’s trying to play the violin. Do you think that’s possible? I mean, anything’s possible. – You can’t hear the notes, that the problem…yeah.
– But you can’t hear what you’re playing anyway, so… If you can hear inside your head, but you just can’t hear what the sound is like from the violin, so… [it] doesn’t work. – Beethoven was deaf, but it was clear. He can hear the notes of
– He can hear the music. music in his head without any like, instruments. Yeah. So…I don’t think it’s possible. But, don’t let us…stop you from your dreams. – Do it!
– Just do it! – Yeah, but that’s not an excuse to be a total…”biatch”…about it.
– Yeah. – That’s not cool, yo.
– Yeah I know, it’s like…just… Why’re you even shouting, she can’t hear you. Come on, like, are you that stupid? – Yeah…
– *snickers* Why? What…? “Music is a vis…visual thing.” – “Close your eyes, and you will see.”
– “Close your eyes, you can see.” I don’t know if that was just, like… extremely deep, – Or just really…
– or just… – Doesn’t make sense.
– Plain…doesn’t make sense. Yes, it’s visible, but you should close your eyes. – So what, you see inside you mind…?
– You see inside your mind, but then how do you hear? ‘Cause that’s music. It’s not just seeing, it’s also hearing. ‘Cause I thought they were gonna make a comment like, “You can see, at least.” “There’s a visual element to performing music.” – But then he closed his eyes.
– But then he [said] “close your eyes”. But then if you can’t hear then what’s the point? She can’t hear it anyway. *sigh* I don’t know guys. What do you think? Yo! – Really?!
– Does this actually happen at school? Oh yeah! – Oh yeah! Oh…!
– Make you trip! – Does this stuff happen?
– I’m sure some nine-year-olds do it. – Oh, man.
– Just for the sake of it. She can’t hear you, why are you… ? Oh, yeah. Why is she talking to her…? *snickers* Oh my god, just stop. – That…I know…!
– Wait…where’s the thug punching coming to this? – So aggressive!
– This is so dramatic! It’s like a freaking movie. Whoa!!! Whoa…! Broke an instrument… That hurt. – Yo, that hurt.
– That really hurt, that was kind of scary to look at. She hired the thugs to… Yeah, yeah, yeah. Why are you so threatened by a deaf violinist anyway, you know? And why is this even on a commercial? *scoffs* Yeah, I don’t… – I don’t know. Good question.
– *chuckles* – These are the questions that should be answered.
– Yeah, there’s so many questions. – Which marketing department decided that this was a good idea?
– I know. Oh dude, the violin’s literally taped together! You don’t…tape… You just don’t…! *groans* I’m pretty sure the tape stops the sound box – from vibrating even more.
– Yeah. The sound will just disappear! Dude, there’s really even tape over there! *laughs* Let’s just…block the sound. *laughs* Can they just change the piece for once? – Oh is that the busking dude?
– Yeah. Oh, no! He’s in hospital now, like wow! What a tragic and confusing commercial. You know, this…this lady’s scenario is actually perfect for America’s Got— America’s Got Talent. – It is!
– She’s got the perfect sell! She’s struggling with her… She’s bullied… …medical issue, she was bullied, – her only father figure or his…
– Or friend, closest person got bashed… Yeah, got bashed, now in hospital and this is her one chance. One chance! Oh my god She needs to go on America’s Got Talent right now. – Talent show time!
– Right now. – *chuckles*
– Yes. Golden buzzer! Bam! Close your eyes. That’s right. – Let the music speak through you.
– Yes. Even though you can’t hear…or see it. – Oh, no…
– Like… (both) Whoa! Yo, that pinkie double-jointed! – *chuckles* Yeah, dude…! The old guy’s pinkie was like curled to the max, and hers is like… Tensed to the max. Yeah extended that back… But she got it, she got the bow in the right position. – That is true.
– That’s impressive, that’s very impressive. Good job. – Oh that accelerando….
– Oh she… *laughs* If she can’t hear, how does she accelerate perfectly in time with the backing track? *snickers* We’re not making fun of deaf people, I’m just saying I don’t understand how it works. *laughs* *laughs* It’s like a Naruto running scene…! – Dude, my head’s dizzy from that…
– *chuckles* – This is so funny too because she’s so tense, the way she moves.
– I know. – Wow.
– There’s grass. – She’s just putting all the emotions, all the years of torment,
– Yeah. – into that performance,
– Yeah, into the hair! Waiting for the golden buzzer! – Yes, the hair’s just like, “Come on, give me that golden buzzer!”
– Come on…! *groans* Was that a cocoon? I think it was a cocoon. She became a butterfly…! (both) Whoa!!! – The analogy behind this commercial!
– So deep! I know! Fly, girl! You spread those wings, girl! Spread them! *shriek* Why’s… Yeah that’s… That’s right, bully! That’s what you get for bullying, girl. America’s Got Talent! *cheering* Where’s the golden buzzer! “You can shine!!!” “Pantene: You can shine!” You wash your hair with Pantene, it’s gonna fly, fly to the winds. You’re gonna become a butterfly…! I didn’t get any, like… Where’s the correlation between “you can shine” versus… Like… – *snickers*
– …eyes. You know what I’m saying? But hey, at least it’s a funny ad. Yeah… Dude they put in the effort. It’s just, the correlation is very out there, from deaf, fatherless, being bullied, to haircare, like that was a whole… – …movie. In 4 minutes! *chuckles*
– Yes. – I don’t even know what to say.
– *chuckles* As a musician, I think… Especially a string instrument like the violin, that’s reality. – You need to be able to hear.
– It’s…it’s…yeah. It’s an essential part of playing an instrument, to be able to hear it. Hearing the music is an active thing, actually. Most people don’t realise, as a musician we practice; to improve we have to actively listen. – Yeah.
– We have to… …focus and listen, we don’t just listen to it. For example, playing in tune. People assume that if you just memorise the perfect muscle memory, but actually, no. A lot of play in tune is knowing very closely where the note is. But then being able to adapt very quickly upon hearing… …to make it in tune. – It’s about adapting from what you hear.
– Yeah. Maybe on the day your strings… …one of the A string went a bit flatter. – We’re gonna have to…
– Which happens…yeah. Which happens a lot and your… – You have to adapt on the spot through training.
– Mm-hmm. – And the only way to adapt is by hearing.
– Yes. But maybe they can feel frequency vibrations in the body… – Like, maybe her jaw’s like…
– Yeah. “The vibration [is] at 441 hertz.” – But hey, if you use Pantene, then none of that matters.
– Yeah. ‘Cause you can shine. You can shine! You can shine. America’s Got Talent. Yeah.