Monday, September 19, 2011

“We came to disperse the darkness”

Nadav Bachar (guitar) and Oren Tzur (violin):

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I’ve never seen before a violin being used like balalaika. Can you do this with all stringed instruments (play them with fingers)? Can you use bow on guitar?

Also, at the beginning of the video (0:07–0:09), is that a monkey, a cat or a squirrel sitting in the yard?

More by Nadav Bachar (and on MySpace):



LE7 said...

These videos are really good. Thanks for sharing.

LE7 said...

Also yes, you can play all of them with your fingers, it's a specific technique called pizzicato. Before learning how to bow almost everyone starts with pizzicato.

Crawling Axe said...

Didn’t there use to be an instrument that was a combination of a guitar and cello (or maybe it was proto-cello)?

LE7 said...

I have no clue. I wish I could figure out the last nigun. It's driving me crazy because I know I know it.

Crawling Axe said...

The last niggun is one of the elusive “Niggunim leShabbos veYomTov” (good luck finding that in the Seifer HaNiggunim).

In Chabad shuls it is sometimes sang during kriyas Shma for “Lakel boruch neyimois yiteinu … boruch ata Hashem yoitzer ha’meoirois” (right before “Ahavas Oilam” which is right before Shma). Although in here, he plays it in a different something or other (key? octave? minor vs. major?)

Crawling Axe said...

Also, the part that he plays starts from “po-el gevurois, oiseh hadoshois…” etc.