I guess it's been around the block, though I friend just shared this video with me where a tune is seemingly played on a single string, using only one loooong bow stroke. I figured well that could well be a fun little excercise. Aside from trying to figure out what he's playing (anyone know? ) does anyone know of any other 1 string tunes? If not, what are some fun two string tunes? Yes, I know there are plenty, but many minds are always better than one, and I'm sure there'll be answers I've not yet thought of and tunes I don't know :)
Paganini’s variations on Rossini’s “Moses” are great. The whole piece is played on the G string. If played in its intended manner, the G is tuned up to a Bb. It’s a good showstopper.
The story is that Paganini would prepare a violin so that its strings would break during a piece so that only the G remained. Then he’d show the audience that he could play a while set of variations on only one string. He encouraged all kinds of wild rumors about him having written it, for example while being imprisoned for the murder of a fellow suitor.
It’s a lot of fun to play and always brings the house down