Birgisson (I Got You)

Interview med Bergsveinn Birgisson nomineret til Nordisk Råds litteraturpris 2012

Bergsveinn Birgisson er nomineret til Nordisk Råds litteraturpris 2012 for for Svar við bréfi Helgu.

Birgisson (I Got You) sheet music is available for downloading in digital format.

TENMINMIX – My Own Production – Viktor Birgiss – Deep House – Tech House – Techno

HD: EDIT: For some reason the sound with the video is there aswell despite me editing it out but (lol at me…

Is it possible to make a violin out of an acoustic guitar? For instance, if you get a bow and simply play the guitar as if it were a violin, would it work? And how can I make it work if I can’t?

Birgisson (I Got You) sheet music is available for downloading in digital format.

Of course not. The strings on a guitar are all on the same plane while a violin’s strings are crowned to enable bowing just one string at a time (or two at a time, which is called a double stop). Also, the waist on a violin is severely small to enable bowing the first and fourth strings. Most acoustic guitars have a thicker waist.

No. The acoustical properties are all wrong, and the guitar has a straight bridge which means you wouldn’t be able to bow on one string at a time anyway.

Have a look at Jimmy Page in concert when Led Zeppelin was around. If you have a close look at a steel string acoustic or an electric guitar you should see that the strings are not all at the same level. It will definitely be harder to get one string bowed at one time. A violin is constructed in such a way that it is fairly easy to bow one string at a time. A guitar is not – still do-able though.

No. It’s too big to play with the same technique, and as someone else mentioned, the strings are all level with each other. On a violin, the bridge is arched to make it possible to bow one string at a time.

There are actually quite a few, search youtube. One of the first 20th century guitarists to use a bow was Eddie Phillips. of The Creation. Then Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin and The Yardbirds, on the songs “Dazed and Confused” and “How Many More Times” (from the album Led Zeppelin) as well as “In the Light” (from the album Physical Graffiti). Bowed guitar is also used extensively by Jón Þór Birgisson, the vocalist and guitarist for the Icelandic post-rock band Sigur Rós. Jonny Greenwood, the guitarist of Radiohead plays bowed guitar live on “Pyramid Song” to make the “whale” sounds (his brother Colin Greenwood used to make them on double bass). Jeff Martin of the Canadian rock band The Tea Party plays a bow guitar on some of his earlier songs such as “Save Me”, from the album Splendor Solis. Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo plays bowed guitar on occasion, most notably in the intro to “Hey Joni”. The Besnard Lakes also make use of bowed guitar. Avant-garde composer Scott Fields often uses bows, including modified bows, in performance and on recordings, including “Mamet”, “From the Diary of Dog Drexel”, “We Were the Phliks”, and “Beckett”. Claudio Sanchez from the American rock band Coheed and Cambria often uses a bow during live performances. Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters used a bowed bass guitar on the songs “Lucifer Sam” and “The Scarecrow”. English instrumentalist and composer Mike Oldfield played bowed guitar on his album Amarok. Andrew McKellar of the South African band Civil Twilight also uses a bow, on their songs “Perfect Stranger” and “Letters from the Sky” when performing live. Skyler Skjelset of Fleet Foxes uses a bow on live performances of “Drops in the River”.Hope that helps to inspire, most people think Led Zeppelin, but there’s a lot of creative sounds beyond that too.

What are the most effective ways of playing guitar with a violin bow? Like the rest of us, I’ve been inspired by the bowed-guitar playing of the likes of Jimmy Page and more recently, the chap from sigur ros. I gather it is very difficult to achieve a good sound due to poor access to the seperate strings, and guitar pickups inability to pick up bowed sounds.I’ve literally just got given a violin bow to play with, and I don’t know where to start. There is the obvious ‘add tons of reverb/delay’, but can anyone offer any more advice? Particularly information on how it is used in sigur ros’ music.Thanks.
Be original. Inspire yourself. Set trends, don’t follow them. Good luck with the steam iron and bass drum.

um you cant unless you use the bow on one of the two outer strings. you cant because the bridge of a guitar is not curved like a violins is..

I think a better use for that guitar would be to hit yourself over the head with it.Nah, only kidding! Have fun, you never know you might set a trend. 🙂

um, actually some guitars have a better string radius than others for this, but you can do it pretty much on any guitar. both jimmy page and jónsi birgisson fret entire chords and just angle the bow and drag acrossall the string. it will take practice. worst case scenario, its also good for making noise.

What kind of Electric guitar does Jónsi use? What´s the kind style of elcetric guitar that Jón Þór Birgisson use´s? I want to know, because I´m going to get a guitar, and I want to jam it with the bow, but I need to know what kind of guitar he he uses, so it sounds right
what is the name of the Swedish band the lead singer plays the guitar like a violin? all there songs they sing they dont use words they just make it up.
I’ve been coming back to your other question for a while now, and I’ve asked around among my friends. I’m stumped, I thought it would be easy to figure out but it hasn’t been.Are you absolutely sure that it is a Swedish band? The lead singer Jón Þór Birgisson (Jónsi) in the Icelandic band Sigur Rós does play bowed guitar. But they are Icelandic and not Swedish.Here is a clip at youtube with himónsi is a falsetto singer and the lyrics are in Icelandic, I found a page that translates the to add:I found this in the wiki (I think it is Sigur Rós that you are looking for) :”On the first three Sigur Rós albums (Von, Von Brigði, Ágætis Byrjun), Jónsi sang most songs in Icelandic but two of them (“Von” and “Olsen Olsen”) were sung in ‘Hopelandic’. All of the vocals on ( ) are in Hopelandic. Hopelandic (Vonlenska in Icelandic) is the ‘invented language’ in which Jónsi sings before lyrics are written to the vocals. It’s of course not an actual language by definition (no vocabulary, grammar, etc.), it’s rather a form of gibberish vocals that fits to the music and acts as another instrument. Jónsi likens it with what singers sometimes do when they’ve decided on the melody, but haven’t written the lyrics yet. Many languages were considered to be used on ( ), including English, but they decided on Hopelandic. Hopelandic (Vonlenska) got its name from first song which Jónsi sang it on, “Hope” (Von).”


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