Bridges re-creates Canon in D

Posted on: Feb 9, 2021

Bridges re-creates Canon in D

Professional string quartet or DHS seventh-grader Weston Bridges? 

By ear alone it would be difficult to tell, but a brief video compilation of Bridges putting on a one-man orchestra act with the song Canon in D provides proof that it is indeed Bridges behind the familiar, intricately layered melody.

Bridges recorded the song as part of a larger “passion project” for his language arts class with Ms. Soderberg. The main effort of his project was to create a website that motivates students to persevere through distance learning. One stress relief link on the website plays the four-part video of Bridges re-creating the classic song.

“It was just a small thing that went into the project, but apparently everyone loved it the most,” said Bridges after Soderberg sent the video out to all high school staff as a morale booster. 

Bridges has been playing violin since he was 6 years old, and recalled the circumstances that originally piqued his interest.

“We were at some kind of fair or festival and I saw a group of violinists playing a song,” he said. “I don’t remember what it was. But they had CDs of what they were playing, so I grabbed a CD. I just thought they sounded really, really cool.”

Bridges began to ask his parents if he could play the violin as well, and eventually they agreed to let him begin lessons. He quickly progressed and now plays in the Concertino West ensemble of the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies once a week.

So he has enjoyed playing as much as he thought he would back when he was 6? 

“Sometimes it can be kind of hard to get motivated to practice, but the reason I like playing is that it’s just a really cool thing,” he said, adding that he tries to practice at least 30 minutes once a day. “I just love how it sounds.”

How did he get the idea for the four-part video? 

“I was just watching some videos of people playing the violin and I saw something like that. I wanted to re-create it. What I was trying to do at first was record only one video, synch it up so I only had to record once or twice, but that didn’t work at all because I had to match the rhythm perfectly and that was really hard.”

An app called Acapella allowed him to record a track, then play it back and record another layer on top while he listened to the original track.

“It was like playing with other people and it made it way easier,” he said.

The result is certainly memorable. 

“When I get to playing those harder songs or well-known songs, it’s just really fun to play,” said Bridges. 

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