Hilary Hahn does the Ling Ling Workout

*hysterical laughter* Hello guys! Welcome to another episode of TwoSet Violin.

And today we have a very, very, very, very, very, very special guest.

I think you guys know who she is.

*chuckles* If not, you should know.

Her name is called Hilary Hahn.

And then she's.

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amazing.

What we're gonna do today is the.

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That's right.

The most difficult violin trial in the world, to test if you can be on par with Ling Ling.

I don't know.

Can Hilary Hahn be Ling Ling? We'll find out today.

*chuckles* So we have, as usual, 2 pouches.

One has 6 pieces, and one has 6 challenges.

– Now, you don't know what's in them, hey? So.

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– Mm-hmm, mm-hmm.

She doesn't know what's about to hit her, um.

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so should we just do it? – Okay.

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– Let's do it.

Yeah.

– Why are you sighing? – I don't know why I'm nervous.

– Yeah I wanna know too.

– I should be the one sighing! Yeah I know! I don't know why I'm nervous! Yeah.

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! I'm nervous too.

– Oh, I'm anxious.

– Alright, so just pick a piece.

Random one.

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Mendelssohn concerto, 3rd movement.

Alright, for the challenge.

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Oh no, here we go.

*nervous laughter* Only with lower third of the bow.

– (Eddy and Hilary) Okay, okay.

– Oh, yeah.

Okay.

That's a good start.

Just.

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you're easing me into it.

– Yeah.

Okay, I'm gonna.

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– Mmm, yeah.

Why am I playing so fast? *laughs* *shrieks* *laughs* *laughs* *claps* *chuckles* Whoa.

– I couldn't stop you, I was just like.

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– Yeah.

Oh, did you try? – No, I was just like.

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– It was too epic! – Yeah, it was too epic, you couldn't stop it! *laughs*- Dude, there was like phrasing and everything in there.

Alright, I think we should give like, some context for non violin players.

Would you say the lower third is one of the trickiest places on the bow? Yes, 'cause it's very.

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– It doesn't bounce.

– Yeah.

– Like the bow naturally has some give in the middle, – Yeah.

– And then it's really heavy, when it's like overly weighted so.

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– Yeah.

Yeah.

– So literally she just played like, string crossings.

– Yeah, and then.

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– And then bouncy bow strokes at the.

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– And there was dynamics as well! And just.

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yeah, it's so hard.

Yeah, wow.

It's like, imagine running.

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– It can't be explained.

– It's like trying to do gymnastics sitting on your butt.

Yeah, exactly.

Gymnastics sitting on your butt.

– Next one!- Alright, next one! I'm getting anxious, I don't know why.

– I'm also getting anxious.

– I'm getting too excited.

*chuckles* Mozart 5 “Allegro”.

– Okay.

– Alright, okay.

– And the challenge?- That's the first movement, right? Yeah? Yeah.

*sings melody* – Uh oh.

– What's it gonna be? – Play with hula hoop.

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! *laughs*- Nooo!!!! Yes!!!! – Alright, play with hula hoop!- I have to do slow notes! Like slow bows with a hula hoop.

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!*laughs* Alright.

(Brett and Eddy) Ohh.

*laughs* Okay.

She's going uh, counter-clockwise.

*laughs* Sounds so good! *laughs* – Woah!- (Brett and Eddy) Wow.

My tone is very centered though, I think.

(Brett and Eddy) Wow! Do I stop? It sound—you can stop.

*laughs* Sorry.

*laughs* Wow.

You guys have heard us play, we don't really make sounds, or like music.

That was the music—wow.

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really good.

– That was uh.

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– Okay.

– That was better than how I can play without a hula hoop.

– I know, yeah.

*laughs*- Woah.

– Next one.

– Alright.

It's better, I think it's better when I will hope.

– It's a secret—- Oh! Erlkönig.

– Yeah, there we go.

– Erlkönig.

– Ernst.

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– Yeah which challenge? Oh no.

It's kinda hard to play Erlkönig anyway because that's how it's written.

Yeah.

*laughs* *hysterical laughter* *scream* – Left hand and right hand reversed!- Nooo!!! Oh no! *laughs* Uh oh.

– Alright.

– Oh, I have.

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I don't.

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I don't even know where to start! *laughs* You just got to believe in yourself! – Wait.

*laughs*- Alright, so the challenge is left and right hand reversed, – Yeah, it's literally.

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yeah.

– playing literally the most difficult piece in the world.

– I have to reverse the shoulder rest, too.

– Okay.

Is that gonna work? – Yes.

– I don't know! *chuckles* – Let's see, let's see.

I've never done this before, so.

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– Let's do it, let's do it.

– It's the first [time].

– A way to start, right? *claps* That's Erlkönig.

*laughs* *laughs* *laughs* – Look at that pinky.

– Yeah! *laughs* *laughs* This is how you start, right? Um.

*laughs* Well there you go.

– Do you wanna hear what it's supposed to sound like?- Yeah, let's.

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Guys, this is how it's supposed to sound like.

*laughs* Wow.

Okay, gotta reverse the.

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yeah, wow.

– I've never seen you struggle on the violin.

– I don't know.

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I don't know! – It's like the only time—- I don't even know how you would physically.

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okay.

Woah! Pizzicato! – That's how far I got.

But it's not the same piece!- Wow.

*claps* Not the same piece at all! *claps* That was amazing.

*chuckles* That piece is notoriously difficult, for everything.

As you can tell, from how it starts, when you don't know how to play it.

*laughs* Feel like a beginner, just like completely.

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– Okay.

Next one.

– Oh, that was f.

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– Uh oh.

Let's see, – Okay, well.

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– let's really see now.

– Ohh, let's see what happens.

Okay.

Bach Fugue, oh.

It could be harder.

– Ooooh.

*chuckles*- Bach sonata no.

2, Fugue.

– Mm-hmm.

– Oh boy.

– (All) Double speed! – Oh, this will be interesting!- Ohhhhh!!!- Mmmmmm!!!! Okay, what's the primary speed? That we're doubling? – I mean, what's your primary speed?- If you can play it slowly, (Brett and Eddy) You can play it quickly! Yes! *laughs* – Yeah.

– So what's your normal tempo?- I'll prove this now.

– Yeah.

– Mm-hmm.

– What's your normal tempo, first?- Let's see.

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Sonata no.

2, right? – Yeah.

– Mm-hmm.

Something like that.

Mm-hmm.

So, double will be.

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*incoherent yelling* *laughs* That was so crazy! I'm not sure if I technically made it to double speed, but I did my best.

– I will try again.

– Yeah, we'll see.

*laughs* – Whoa!- Whoa! Damn that was insane.

– That was 15 notes a second guys.

– Yeah guys, 15 notes a second.

That's how you play Bach.

*laughs* *chuckles* That's awesome.

*laughs* Wow.

Oh God.

– Okay! Next one.

– Glad I didn't get that far.

So like, traditionally the Ling Ling workout's meant to be like just shredding.

But ours' more like.

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– Flexing.

– Flexing, yeah.

*laughs* – Yeah.

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– Okay.

– Bach sonata no.

1, “Presto”.

– Okay.

Now if I'd drawn double speed for that one, that one would have been tough.

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!- Mm-hmm.

– That would've been.

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– We can do that as a bonus.

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*laughs* Bonus challenge! – Okay, here we go.

– Alright.

*laughs* Yes.

– I've been waiting.

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– Lindsey Stirling.

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Lindsey Stirling dance! I don't know if I'm up on my Lindsey Stirling.

I'm gonna try.

I don't know.

I took ballet, might turn it to ballet.

*chuckles* Oh, really.

*laughs* Whoa!!! *laughs* (Brett and Eddy) Whoa!!! *claps* That's my own dance, I don't know.

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You can still play, that's amazing!*chuckles* I'm puff[ing] for some reason, I'm not doing anything, but it's like.

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*laughs* Just hearing and feeling it was like.

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*breathes* Okay.

– Oh it's the last one!- Oh it's the last one! Okay! Ohh! Sibelius 3rd Movement.

Yes.

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*evil chuckle* – The last challenge.

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– Okay.

– Last challenge is.

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– You guys know what's missing I don't.

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Let's see.

A string.

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oh I'm terrible at this.

– A string tuned down a semitone to G sharp.

– With Sibelius.

It's fine! Ohhh!!!! *laughs* Oh, okay.

Ohhh!!! Oh! *laughs* *claps* *laughs* It's in tune! *laughs* *laughs* You want one more? Bonus challenge?! WOAHHHHHHHHH!!! Alright, so for the bonus challenge— No!!! *laughs* What you said before.

– I think we should do one– – I finished my workout!! You gotta stretch after the workout.

– Okay, okay.

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– This is the stretching.

– Okay.

What do you think about this combo? I think that'll be.

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– No!!!- Okay.

Bach.

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– I've walked right into that one.

– Yeah, yes.

*laughs* Alright, here we go.

*shriek* * S H R I E K * *hysterical laughter*Okay.

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okay, a little bit.

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*chuckles* Wow! And then like.

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like the way your accent is, like.

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– Like, emphasis on notes.

– Its polyphonic!! Even if it's fast.

It's beyond me now.

Guys.

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Guys, that's the official new world record.

– The fastest violinist in the world.

– Yeah.

*chuckles* 15 notes a second.

I can also play.

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– World record.

– If you can play it quickly, (Brett and Eddy) you can play it slowly.

That's right! *chuckles* But, you said it now so you have to do it.

*laughs*All on the G string.

– Okay.

– Okay.

Alright.

– Play it slowly?- Yeah, like.

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– Normal speed.

– Not double speed.

– Not double speed.

– Yeah.

All the challenges stacked up.

One finger.

*laughs* – One finger, G string, backwards!- Fourth finger, G string.

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– Oh my God.

– Double speed! – Lindsey Stirling.

– That's like the final boss.

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*laughs* – Everything together.

– Yeah.

Alright.

Here we go.

*laughs* – That's pretty clear, right? Think I nailed it.

– That's pretty good.

That was.

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– 10 out of 10.

– Interesting!- That's virtuoso.

– Interesting.

– Interesting out of 10.

– Alright.

– So guys.

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Now to finish it off you have to do a dab.

With or without the violin? Oh.

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maybe without the.

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*laughs* I don't know how to do a dab!! Oh we've got to teach her how to do a dab! – Okay, let me get rid of the violin.

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– Okay, so.

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yes.

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Dab.

– It's like.

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just like.

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– Okay.

– You've got 2 hands parallel.

– It's like yoga class.

– Yeah.

– And then your hand goes in.

– And you need to.

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yeah, you go.

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– You need to nod.

Yeah.

Yeah! That's right.

Okay.

3, 2, 1.

*laughs* Guys thank you so much for watching! I don't know what we're doing.

Smash the subscribe button.

*laughs* Yes! Go follow Hilary Hahn.

On her social medias, and listen to her concerts, she travels everywhere around the world— This is what a world class soloist looks like.

Yeah.

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! *laughs* That's what we do.

Yes.

Thank you, so much.

– Anything you want to say?- Yeah, anything you want to say? Uhh.

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thank you! – Oh, check out her new Bach album!- Yes! It's lit, it's how it's.

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– It has a presto in it.

– It has a presto.

– It does have it.

It has a fugue in it.

– And a fugue.

And all the other Bachs.

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I think.

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doesn't it? Yes.

– Well, I don't.

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– Yes, it does, it does.

*laughs* In the original form.

Yeah, without the workout, so you can imagine how good they'll sound.

*chuckles* Go get it.

*shriek* Okay.

Hi everyone—bye everyone! *laughs* It just started.

*laughs* Yeah!.

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