A Robot Violinist That Plays Better Than Your Kid?

I’ve heard some bad violinists in my day … especially back when I substitute-taught elementary school music classes. But amazingly enough, this robot violinist (while lousy, of course) is better than your average fifth grade violin student.

In honor of the robot violinist, I’ve written a double limerick:

A Robot Violinist That Plays Better Than Your Kid?
By Madeleine Begun Kane

Fanatics may think it’s a sin
For a robot to play violin.
But its tone ain’t as bad
As some students I’ve had.
In a contest with them, it would win.

Yes it’s weak in vibrato and phrasing.
But its rhythm and pitch are amazing.
So you’re robot averse —
I’m still sure you’ve heard worse.
And if not, I shall brace for the hazing.

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6 Responses to “A Robot Violinist That Plays Better Than Your Kid?”

  1. sister AE says:

    Cool robot, though I can’t say I’d want it playing for me regularly until someone programs in some better phrasing.

    Still it, and your poem inspired me to pen one this morning. You can find it here:


  2. Val says:

    Oh he may play a mean violin but he’s got no soul. ;) Excellent limerick Mad.

  3. online dating says:

    Cool robot. But nothing compares to a human playing any instrument-only we can put real life into any piece.

  4. madkane says:

    Thanks, everyone! And Sister AE, I enjoyed your oboe related limerick. So glad I could help inspire it.

  5. Funny Junk says:

    That’s an impressive robot. Plays much better than me lol, although I wouldn’t say its better than some other people I know. Still cool though.

  6. madkane says:

    Glad you enjoyed the robot, and thanks for stopping by Funny Junk.