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Published on Jan 31, 2008
I cannot believe I was able to play this solo against Samvel Yervinyan all these years ago (it's now 2018). Man, what a furious, highly technical few minutes! Samvel is amazing, especially because as I understand it, a lot of this was improvised on the spot.
I really did learn this within a very short window of time, mostly because I was single, living by myself, and had LOTS of free time... I remember my hand feeling extremely sore after this video, too. This is no walk in the park!
Yanni's manager Bob (I believe?) contacted me shortly after, letting me know that Yanni watched this video and was very impressed. So that was a nice touch!
One of the reasons I picked this song to play was actually not specifically related to Yanni or Samvel Yervinyan. In fact, it was more in response to a video I watched of a kid doing a "violin sync" (like "lip sync" but for violin) along with the recording. He mostly just made lots of faces, moved his bow around wildly, and got his fair share of downvotes and critical comments. I decided that I was going to make my own version of this video, hopefully outperform this kid, and actually play the REAL notes.
Early on, I had a lot of comments accusing me of speeding up the video. Subsequently, I released several new videos featuring metronomes and close-ups of me playing really fast to prove that I could play fast. In retrospect, it seems silly that I was willing to do so much to fight Internet trolls! I've since learned to take a chill pill and just let trolls be trolls. But every now and again, I feel that burning desire to PUT THEM IN THEIR PLACE! And I think this video encapsulates this feeling as I tear through the notes as fast as Samvel does! Not quite as well, but I think I still managed to keep pace as well as one might expect to be able to when one is not actually Samvel.
Thanks for watching! And please check out my other videos, especially the FAST ones if you're a fellow speed demon like me!