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TwoSet Violin are a comedic duo of Asian-Australian classical violinists Brett Yang and Eddy Chen. The two founded a YouTube channel in 2014 where they started out doing violin covers before moving on to specializing in comedy sketches about life as a classical musician, reviewing fake/bad musical performances (referred to as "roasting"), violin challenges, charades, and other games, as well as criticizing the portrayal of classical music in popular culture.

Their YouTube channel can be found here.


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  • Adult Fear: The America's Got Talent stripping flautist act. Said flautist is apparently a music teacher. As Brett points out, one can only imagine what happens if his students turn on the TV and see their teacher doing such things…
  • Arc Words:
    • "Practice".
    • "Sacrilege/sacrilegious" for roasting videos.
    • "AMAZING", said in Sarcasm Mode.
    • "Interesting!", from this video of Alma Deutscher.
  • Artistic License – Music: They are especially fine-tuned to this. They can point out if a certain movie scene is getting musical theory all wrong or a performance is completely fake, and even dub over said performances with how they would actually sound like without editing at some points.
  • Asian and Nerdy: The two met in math tutoring (when Brett was 14 and Eddy 13) and later in a youth orchestra.
  • Berserk Button:
    • The idea that "geniuses are born, not created", given how much they emphasize practicing. They can be seen visibly trying to keep their anger at this in check during the Vov Dylan review video in order to maintain the comedic tone. See Tranquil Fury below.
      Brett: (nearly clawing at his face) Excuse me? What about all the practice?
    • Reckless and destructive handling of musical instruments, seeing how usually expensive they are. They get very frustrated seeing violin bows smacked around like swords, flutes used like stripper poles and piano stools violently kicked to the floor.
    • Musical "sacrilege" usually provides good mocking potential for them, but egregious examples of this can truly piss them off. Again, see Vov Dylan.
    • The "Flight of the Bumblebee" is becoming this for them. They have nothing against the piece, per se, but they dislike how it tends to get overmilked and overhyped by mainstream media.
    • While not as bad as the other examples, they also get frustrated if someone confuses the recorder with the flute, as seen in their reaction when Katy Perry makes that mistake.
  • Beyond the Impossible: Apparently disrupting the fabric of time is one of Ling Ling's many achievements; he practices the violin 40 hours a day.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Plus Freeze-Frame Bonus. Editor-san snuck in an "ok boomer" meme in Japanese in one video.
  • Catchphrase:
    • Again, "Practice!"
    • "If you can X slowly, you can X quickly."
  • Caustic Critic: When they do roasting videos; their criticism and snark can get pretty brutal.
  • Classical Music Is Boring: They really don't like this trope, especially how mainstream talent shows usually treat classical music, and like to remind viewers that classical music can be just as enjoyable for young people as pop music.
  • Classical Music Is Cool: What they believe and want to promote instead.
  • Corpsing: "12 Days of Practice" ends up devolving into a mixture of raucous laughter and screaming the lyrics instead of singing.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Sometimes display this tendency.
  • Double Entendre:
    Vov Dylan: My wife likes to say she's married to the fastest fingers in the world.
    Eddy: Does your wife also say you finish in 38 seconds?
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Their first few videos on YouTube were violin covers of pop songs, television soundtracks, and music from film (Inception and Interstellar, for example). They switched to more comedic videos after being inspired by Ray Chen, another Australian violinist who had become known for his various music-related comedy skits.
  • Elegant Classical Musician: Subverted; they may give off this impression on the job, but in their videos, they show themselves to be fairly casual and relatable youths who happen to have a wide range of knowledge of classical music. That being said, Brett tends to do badly on charades and other videos involving pop music simply because he doesn't listen to popular stuff.
  • Everyone Has Standards/Wouldn't Hurt a Child: They're much more forgiving in their criticisms if children are involved.
    • In a video where they rate stock images of people playing the violin, they pass on scoring a young girl who's holding the violin wrong since that would be too harsh.
    • In another video where a boy claims he can play "Flight of the Bumblebee" on the piano at twice the normal tempo, the duo's negative remarks are directed less at the boy and more at the mainstream media.
    • This hasn't stopped "Interesting!" (involving the young composer Alma Deutscher) from being one of their gentler Running Gags.
  • The Faceless: Editor-san, the editor of the videos.
  • Fanboy: Of most violinists in general, but they are this to a tee when it comes to Hilary Hahn.
  • Hell Is That Noise: In their unboxing video of cheap violins bought off the internet, the first one they try emits a dreadful noise when played with Brett's bow.
    Eddy: This is what you hear when death approaches you.
  • Hyper-Awareness: Given that they're professional violinists, they will detect even the most microscopic details whenever they're watching and critiquing violin performances. Eddy in particular has perfect pitch.
  • I Never: One episode has them playing this game, with the questions related to music, of course. However, they substitute alcohol with bubble tea to keep things PG-rated.
  • Immediate Self-Contradiction: Every time they claim they're not a roasting channel… and then go on to brutally lambast whatever they're watching.
  • Impractical Musical Instrument Skills: The "Ling Ling Workout" series. Participants of this challenge must play the violin while under some sort of condition, such as while hula-hooping, while getting a massage, while upside-down, etc.
  • In Name Only: What they feel about America's Got Talent in particular and mainstream talent shows in general. They think, despite the name, these shows are less about talent and more about sensationalism and cheap entertainment.
  • Megane: Brett.
    • Eddy since March 2020.
  • Oh Crap, There Are Fanfics of Us!: One episode concerns their reading and reacting to fanfics about them, shipping and all.
  • Older Than They Look: It certainly does not seem like it if you look at the page image, but Brett is 1 year older than Eddy.
  • Old Shame: Their very first video was a music video for their cover of the theme from Saw, featuring over-the-top acting and dance moves. The video, which is no longer public, can now only be seen in the reaction video that they made in 2017.
    Eddy: Nah, man, our first video was so cringey that we set it on private. We locked it away so no one would ever see it.
  • Parody Sue: Ling Ling, a The Ghost character who is supposedly an unachievably perfect violinist.
  • Perpetual Frowner: While Brett is far from The Stoic, this is his resting face. "Dead inside" jokes have been made at his expense.
  • Pretender Diss: Don't think you can fake violin playing and get away with it; these two can and will point out egregious fake performances and mock them.
  • Running Gag: Aside from the examples in Arc Words:
    • "15 notes a second".
    • Jokes about how Ling Ling can do anything, no matter how impossible.
    • "Are you doctor yet? Come back when you doctor!"
  • Shown Their Work: Oh dear god yes. They exhibit a great deal of knowledge of violin techniques and what being a classical musician entails, especially in "roasting" videos.
  • So Much for Stealth: Brett manages to sneak his way into the rehearsal with Lang Lang and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra none the wiser. That is, until Eddy note  sabotages Brett...
  • Stupid Sexy Flanders: During the roasting of High Strung, right after Eddy says they'd rather see average-looking actors who can actually play the violin in violin roles, the video cuts to a shot of a shirtless Nicholas Galitzine…
    Brett: Actually, you know what, I changed my mind, he's pretty good-looking. Looks do matter.
  • Trademark Favorite Food:
    • It's stated on their official website that Brett likes coffee and sushi.
    • There's also bubble tea.
  • Tranquil Fury: A generally comedic and easygoing duo, but that doesn't mean they can't be genuinely set off by some of the musical misconceptions they face. The two are visibly pissed off at the video of Vov Dylan, one of the claimants of the "fastest violinist in the world" title, but they do a good job of keeping their cool and cracking jokes throughout.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Eddy is afraid of cockroaches.


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