Taiwan: One-Girl Band a YouTube Sensation
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One Taiwanese artist is gaining worldwide attention on YouTube. A video of her playing three instruments at the same time has generated more than four million views in three weeks.
While Asian girl bands such as the Wonder Girls and AKB 48 are achieving success around the globe, a "one-girl band" is attracting worldwide attention on the Internet with a video that has generated more than four million YouTube hits within three weeks.
The video shows 25-year-old Shara Lin performing Jolin Tsai's "Dancing Diva" on the piano, violin, and zither all at the same time.
Lin put the trio performance together within five days for a music training session mixing the classical music into Taiwanese pop music.
To incorporate the different instruments, she held the violin by her neck, adjusted the positions of the zither pick, and arranged the positions of the instruments.
[Shara Lin, Musical Artist]:
"I think the toughest part is to play the piano and the zither simultaneously. We tried many times to finally figure out this position for my left hand to play the piano, and right hand to play the zither. When I have to look at both the piano and the zither, I really wish my eyes could grow wider apart, so if I have to play together, I must play by feel. I have to either feel the keys on the piano and look at the zither, or feel the strings on the zither and look at the piano."
Lin is a music major at National Taiwan Normal University and has been playing the piano since she was three.
Her love of music quickly expanded into other instruments including the violin, zither, guitar, jazz drums, and harmonica.
Lin said she is willing to try other creative music performances, and whether or not she becomes famous, she looks forward to bringing her music to a wider audience.