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40 Fingers: Back in Black

40 Fingers: Back in Black

The members of Italian guitar ensemble 40 Fingers perform an outstanding acoustic cover version of the AC/DC classic Back in Black unlike any we’ve heard before. It has every bit of energy of the original, but with a totally different vibe.

M. Ward: Tiny Desk Concert

M. Ward: Tiny Desk Concert

Singer-songwriter M. Ward sits down on his couch for a truly intimate acoustic guitar set that will transport you a kinder and gentler time and place. Along the way, you’ll enjoy classic tracks like Chinese Translation, and new ones like Coyote Mary’s Traveling Show from his 2020 album Migration Stories.

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Pipeline Echo

Pipeline Echo

Musician Armin Küpper has figured out that the large piece of pipe he found at a nearby construction site makes for a great echo chamber. Until it’s buried in the ground, he’s using it to augment his various saxophones and guitar with a great bit of acoustic reverb.

If Electric Guitars Didn’t Exist

If Electric Guitars Didn’t Exist

Most rock and metal songs get their edge with the help of an electric guitar. But what would Nirvana, Metallica, and Slipknot sound like if they could only play with acoustic guitars? Musician Jared Dines is here to show us just that.

Discostrings

Discostrings

Musician Alan Gogoll has made a number of videos that capture the vibrations of the strings from inside of his acoustic guitar. This clip features a medley of some of his warm and inviting fingerstyle tracks, and enhances the hypnotic visual with the addition of glow-in-the-dark guitar strings.

Rex Orange County: Tiny Desk Concert

Rex Orange County: Tiny Desk Concert

(PG-13: Language) Alex O’Connor aka Rex Orange County performs a mini-concert of four soulful and heartfelt tunes, bringing a touch of much needed light into these dark days. We love how he embraces the vibe of 1970s adult contemporary music, but still makes it his own.

Hands… Washing Hands

Hands… Washing Hands

“Don’t touch me, I won’t touch you…” Musician Neil Diamond brings a little joy into our worlds today with an intimate fireside performance of his classic Sweet Caroline, but with the lyrics tweaked to reflect the current world we live in.

Crazy Acoustic Cover

Crazy Acoustic Cover

Musician Kent Nishimura shows off his fingerstyle acoustic guitar chops yet again with a bright, crisp, and richly-layered cover version of Gnarls Barkley’s 2009 hit track Crazy, a song which seems like the perfect anthem for 2020.

Without Me on Guitar

Without Me on Guitar

Guess who’s back, back again. Luca’s back, tell a friend. The very talented Luca Stricagnoli follows up his fingerstyle guitar arrangements of Lose Yourself and The Real Slim Shady with a simply phenomenal cover of Eminem’s 2002 hit Without Me.

TV Sitcom Classical Guitar Medley

TV Sitcom Classical Guitar Medley

Do you like sitcoms? Then check out this wonderful medley of theme songs from shows like Friends, Seinfeld, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Big Bang Theory, Parks and Rec, and The Office, performed on acoustic guitar by Nathan Mills of Beyond the Guitar.

Tears for Fears Acoustic Cover

Tears for Fears Acoustic Cover

Musician Kent Nishimura turns in a beautifully nuanced and expressive performance of Tears for Fears 1985 classic Everybody Wants to Rule the World, played deftly on his acoustic guitar. His Careless Whisper and Rock with You covers are excellent too.

Disney Acoustic Medley

Disney Acoustic Medley

Judging by their name and their musical prowess, the four members of 40 Fingers have all of their digits intact, and that makes this acoustic guitar medley of Disney songs just that much sweeter. It’s a wonderfully warm bit of ear candy for fans of The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Tarzan, Hercules, and Beauty and the Beast.

Johnny B. Goode: Fingerstyle

Johnny B. Goode: Fingerstyle

Back in 2016, musician Marcos Kaiser recorded this excellent cover version of Chuck Berry’s 1958 track Johnny B. Goode. As one of rock and roll’s seminal tracks, it sounds great in this acoustic fingerstyle arrangement. Just try not to get your groove on when he starts playing.

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Acoustic Rap Covers

Acoustic Rap Covers

(PG-13: Language) Musician Cove AKA Covergeist is a master at creating acoustic versions of rap music. His interpretation of Eminem… er The Real Slim Shady’s Without Me is our favorite, but his versions of Lose Yourself and Snoop Dogg and Pharrell’s Drop It Like It’s Hot are also worth a listen.

Eminem on Guitar

Eminem on Guitar

May I have your attention, please? Musician Luca Stricagnoli is back with his triple-necked guitar to entertain us with another great acoustic cover – this time taking on Eminem’s The Real Slim Shady with some funky fingerstyle picking. As an added bonus, this version won’t offend anyone.

Waiting on a Friend: Acoustic Cover

Waiting on a Friend: Acoustic Cover

Musician Dave Rucci (the man behind that awesome SVU cover) turns in a great performance of The Rolling Stones’ 1980 track Waiting on a Friend, with some excellent acoustic guitar work, and a well-executed multi-track vocalization.

Law & Order: SVU Acoustic Cover

Law & Order: SVU Acoustic Cover

Musician Dave Rucci’s wife really likes Law & Order: SVU, so he decided to record something special for her. Listen and enjoy as Dave plays composer Mike Post’s familiar theme song entirely on acoustic guitars. We actually think it sounds better than the original. What do you think?

Eye of the Tiger: Fingerstyle Cover

Eye of the Tiger: Fingerstyle Cover

Musician Alexandr Misko hangs tough, stays hungry, and rises up to the challenge of his rivals with another awesome fingerstyle acoustic performance, as he takes on the 1980s juggernaut that was Survivor’s hit theme from Rocky III, Eye of the Tiger.

High and Dry: Fingerstyle Cover

High and Dry: Fingerstyle Cover

Musician Jon Gomm presents an acoustic guitar cover of Radiohead’s 1995 track High and Dry that will pull you in and won’t let go. If you liked what you heard, be sure to check out Passionflower, which put him on the map for his ability to retune his guitar while performing.

Fingerstyle Kids’ TV Show Medley

Fingerstyle Kids’ TV Show Medley

Musician John Tracey presents a medley of some theme songs from classic kids TV shows from the 1980s and 1990s, performed with a smooth fingerstyle vibe on his acoustic guitar. We can still never get enough of those DuckTales and Inspector Gadget themes.

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Arctic Monkeys: Acoustic Cover

Arctic Monkeys: Acoustic Cover

We love discovering new talent, and musician Briony Frater is a true diamond in the rough. Hit the play button and enjoy as this young woman performs a wonderfully warm acoustic version of Arctic Monkeys’ hit Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?

Stranger Things Acoustic Cover

Stranger Things Acoustic Cover

Musician Isaac May celebrates his excitement for season two of Stranger Things with a cool acoustic cover version of Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein’s enveloping, synthwave theme song, performed on the kinds of instruments typically played in bluegrass music.

Take On Me Unplugged

Take On Me Unplugged

Norwegian band a-Ha performs a dialed-down and emotional acoustic version of their 1985 pop hit Take on Me, giving the song a new and deeper meaning than ever before. From the upcoming album and video MTV Unplugged Summer Solstice.

Radiohead: Present Tense

Radiohead: Present Tense

You’ll want to put on your best pair of headphones, turn down the lights, and drink in Paul Thomas Anderson’s stripped down video of Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, and a vintage Roland CR-78 performing Present Tense from their album A Moon Shaped Pool.

We’re Not Gonna Take It

We’re Not Gonna Take It

Dee Snider channels Neil Diamond with his acoustic rendition of the Twisted Sister classic, which he sung on behalf of Criss Angel’s cancer charity HELP (Heal Every Life Possible), founded after his 2-year-old was diagnosed with Leukemia. Seriously, Dee, we’ve got chills.

Zombie: Acoustic Cover

Zombie: Acoustic Cover

A wonderful unplugged cover version of The Cranberries’ 1994 classic Zombie, as performed by musician Vedran Djurasovic, who brings a warmer approach to the track than the grunge sounds of the original.

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