Cami Shaskin

Violin Blog

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10 MAR 2023


This blog is about all things violin. It is meant to educate, inspire, and provide resources for parents, teachers, and students. The author takes full responsibility for the viewpoints expressed here. In instances where she quotes ideas from others, she pledges to cite her sources as fully, responsibly, and accurately as possible. Topics will include book reviews, technique tips, entertaining anecdotes, quotes, jokes, educational findings, instrument care suggestions, violin in the news, repertoire lists, etc.

Cami J. Shaskin graduated with her master's degree in Music Education in 2008. Violin has always been her primary instrument, since beginning private lessons at age five. See for her music résumé, or click on Spotlights for historical recordings. Cami has enjoyed an array of experiences in writing, from penning award-winning articles as a journalism staff writer in high school, tutoring peers at BYU's Writing Center, earning a Writing Fellows scholarship and a minor in Language and Computers, and later becoming a published author. She recently picked up web programming as a hobby, earning a certificate in Web Programming and Development from the local community college. This blog has been a collaborative effort between her and her husband, who is a Web Developer by profession. Together, they designed and coded this blog and its original content "from scratch."


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        16 - Welcome to My Blog
        23 - Violin Teaching Kits
        30 - The Power of Inspiration
        06 - Valuable Techniques
        07 - From the Top
        13 - In Honor of Valentine's Day
        20 - Violin Jokes
        28 - Beginning Orchestra Teaching
        06 - Singing in Orchestra
        13 - Nurtured by Love
        21 - Helpful Websites
        27 - Unique Case Uses
        02 - Favorite Music Quotes
        10 - All About Tone
        17 - Unique Composer Stories
        24 - Teaching Values
        02 - Believing Teachers?
        15 - Violin in Art & Architecture
        23 - A Solo Repertoire List
        29 - Our Quartet
        20 - Theft and Other Lessons
        26 - Violin Bridge Tips
        07 - Clever Violin Memes
        20 - Horses and Lions
        04 - Music During Covid
        16 - Favorite Music
        12 - Being There
        16 - Sight Reading Tips
        05 - Why It's the Frog
        20 - Bach on the Brain
        30 - Impact for Life
        23 - Tendonitis Helps
        21 - An Old Performance
        23 - Cars3 & Coaching
        28 - Buying a Violin for Dummies
        29 - Preferred Brands
        27 - Love: A Calling
        20 - Gratitude for Idaho Shop
        19 - Violinist Interviews Books
        08 - Music Opens Doors
        23 - Top Classical Tunes for Violin
        11 - 100 Days of Listening
        27 - Useful Analogies
        28 - A Humorous Anecdote
        14 - Favorite Concertos & Sonatas
        15 - Our Commonality
        10 - Extras
        18 - Autopilot
        06 - Motivation
        07 - Starting Lessons Again
        08 - A Tale of Three Cloths
        26 - The Ink
        23 - Raw and Real Recital Reactions
        18 - In Honor of Halloween
        26 - Music Copyright
        13 - Memes: Fun Facebook Finds
        15 - Fame and Fortune
        05 - Details and the Big Picture
        14 - Intermission
        18 - A Day in the Life
        02 - Oops!
        14 - A Science or an Art?
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Violin Jokes
20 Feb 2021

23 Violin Jokes and Commentary

1) Q: How do you keep your violin from being stolen?
A: Put it in a viola case.
I actually did have a violin stolen once. A viola case would not have helped . . .

2) Q: Why is a violin smaller than a viola?
A: It only looks smaller because the violinist’s head is so much bigger.
For me, this comment about a violinist’s over-inflated ego is often a lot more true than I would like it to be!

3) Q: Why did Beethoven write ten violin sonatas?
A: Because he was deaf.
Q: Why didn’t Tchaikovsky write any violin sonatas?
A: Because he wasn’t.
For those who aren’t familiar with Beethoven’s sonatas, they’re really very luscious and beautiful, particularly his famous “Spring Sonata.” I also would have loved it if Tchaikovsky wrote a Violin Sonata . . .

4) My violin wouldn’t fit in its case. So I played a fiddle tune and tried putting it back in the case. It fit as a fiddle.
Thank my husband for coming up with this one. I’ll take this random opportunity to pass on a bit of knowledge from a fellow community orchestra member—fiddle players will sometimes request a special flat bridge for their instrument, to make playing double stops easier. So sometimes there can be a physical difference between a “fiddle” and a “violin,” though typically the terms are used interchangeably.

5) St. Peter is checking ID's at the Pearly Gates, and a Texan approaches. "Tell me, what have you done in life?" says St. Peter. The Texan says, "Well, I struck oil, so I became rich, but I didn't sit on my laurels - I divided all my money among my entire family in my will, so our descendants are all set for about three generations." St. Peter says, "That's quite something. Come on in. Next!" The second guy in line has been listening, so he says, "I struck it big in the stock market, but I didn't selfishly just provide for my own like that Texan guy. I donated five million to Save the Children." "Wonderful!" says Saint Peter. "Come in. Who's next?" The third guy has been listening, and says timidly with a downcast look, "Well, I only made five thousand dollars in my entire lifetime." "Heavens!" says St. Peter. "What instrument did you play?"
This probably hits a little too close to home for some.

6) Q: Why did the novice violinist take a trip to the swamp?
A: Her teacher told her to get a grip on the frog.
By Nathan Shaskin. I actually learned in grad school a possible reason why the frog of a violin bow is called the frog. (Teaser for a future post.)

7) What’s an Airbus engineer’s reaction when a plane crashes? It must be a Boeing problem.
What’s a string orchestra member’s reaction when their playin’ crashes? It must be a bowing problem.
This is an original Cshaskin joke. You’re welcome. No law suits, please. I can only speak to the truth of the joke’s second half.

8) Q: What's the most peaceful musical instrument?
A: I don't know, but violins isn't the answer.
Hey . . .

9) Q: Why is it dangerous to have more than one violin in your house?
A: It can lead to domestic violins.
I read that a kid came up with this one. Good for him for knowing what "domestic" means!

10) Stephen Hawking was a master at the violin. He had an adept understanding of string theory.
I confess, I know next to nothing about Hawking’s string theory. I’m a violinist, with plenty of string theories of my own . . .

11) “Doctor, doctor, will I be able to play the violin after the operation?”
“Yes, of course…”
“Great! I never could before!”
Sounds like a dad joke!

12) My violin always sounds like it’s crying. It must be too high strung.
Excuses, excuses . . . ;)

13) Q: What do you call a cat from Mexico who enjoys Italian food?
A: Pizza-gato.
Another Cshaskin original. My husband, not being a musician, didn’t get it.


From a sweatshirt my mother-in-law gave me.

15) Q: What’s the difference between a violinist and a large pizza?
A: A pizza can feed a family of four.

16) Professor: What’s the difference between a panini and Paganini?
College Student: Gee. A. Good question.
Indeed, it would be hard to compare a sandwich to one of the most talented violinists who ever lived. This is one of mine. I apologize.

17) Someone once asked if I played the violin. I said I fiddled with it.
Gotta love those jokes with double meanings.

18) Q: How many violinists does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: Four. One to screw it in, and three to stand around and suggest how they could do it better.
No comment.

19) Q: How many second violinists does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: None. They can’t get up that high.
Okay. A little explanation here. In many cases, it’s not that they can’t. It’s just that they’re not allowed to. The composers can’t make all the parts equal in range. Or something. Second violins rock. In the event this joke sounds true for your orchestra, a word to the wise: if you value your second violinist friends, don’t tell them this joke . . .

20) Q: Why couldn’t the string quartet find their composer?
A: Because he was Haydn.
For those of you not familiar with string quartet literature, Haydn wrote a plethora. He was considered the “Father of the String Quartet.” Thanks, Music 302!

21) Q: Why was the fish such a good musician?
A: He knew his scales.
Very C-worthy . . .


Clever . . .

23) Q: What’s the best way to learn the violin?
A: From scratch.
I happen to love this and whole-heartedly agree.

And there you have it!

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