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Man of Constant Sorrow Live

Man of Constant Sorrow Live

The Coen Brothers’ 2000 movie O, Brother Where Art Thou featured a fantastic bluegrass soundtrack, highlighted by George Clooney’s lip-syncing to Dan Tyminski’s version of Man of Constant Sorrow. Nearly two decades later, Tyminski stopped by the Paste Magazine offices for this flawless performance of the tune.

Boulevard of Broken Dreams on Harp Guitar

Boulevard of Broken Dreams on Harp Guitar

Musician Jamie Dupuis gets out his harp guitar for another great rock cover. This time he performed a warm and expressive acoustic arrangement of Green Day’s Boulevard of Broken Dreams. The peaceful and idyllic location stands in stark contrast to the song’s bleak urban imagery.

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My Sharona Fingerstyle

My Sharona Fingerstyle

Never gonna stop, give it up. The Knack’s track My Sharona was one of the biggest earworms of the late ’70s and early ’80s. Guitarist Luca Stricagnoli gives the song his own groovy style with an energetic acoustic guitar cover. We thought we might miss the drumbeat, but Luca gives us plenty of rhythm from the guitar’s wooden body.

Rammstein Fingerstyle

Rammstein Fingerstyle

Ein. Zwei. Drei. Vier… Hier kommt die Sonne. Guitarist Alexandr Misko gives the Rammstein song Sonne a totally new, yet awesome sound. He still manages to capture the aggressive energy of the original but still makes it all his own.

Adam Barrett: Acoustic Covers

Adam Barrett: Acoustic Covers

We couldn’t pick just one song from musician Adam Barrett’s YouTube channel, so we’re recommending that you listen to all of them. The talented guitarist and vocalist will fill your ears with warm and soulful sounds through his acoustic covers of tunes by The Beach Boys, The Cure, The Smiths, The Jam, The Beatles, and more.

Where Is My Mind on Harp Guitar

Where Is My Mind on Harp Guitar

Musician Jamie Dupuis turns in a smooth and enveloping cover version of the Pixies track Where Is My Mind, performed on his harp guitar, an instrument that combines an acoustic guitar with bass strings on its top neck. We also recommend checking out Jamie’s harp guitar cover of The Turtles’ Happy Together.

Hotel California Fingerstyle

Hotel California Fingerstyle

Guitarist Lucas Imbiriba brings his warm and soulful style to the Eagles classic Hotel California. His fingerstyle skills are truly impressive, and the track sounds fantastic in this stripped-down acoustic version. Check out his covers of Stairway to Heaven and Sultans of Swing for more delightful ear candy.

The Evolution of Guitar Intros

The Evolution of Guitar Intros

Guitars have been an important part of popular music for hundreds of years. Musician Mark Sagum looks back from 1960 to 2020 for a taste of some of the most recognizable guitar intros. If you want to get the emotions going, this is the way to kick off a tune.

The Sound of Silence on a Special Guitar

The Sound of Silence on a Special Guitar

Luca Stricagnoli performs an emotive cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s The Sound of Silence using a custom guitar add-on called a Reverse Slide Neck. The upgrade allows Luca to play an acoustic guitar and a slide guitar with a single instrument. His reverse slide cover of While My Guitar Gently Weeps is also amazing.

Smooth Criminal Fingerstyle Cover

Smooth Criminal Fingerstyle Cover

Musician Luca Stricagnoli wows us with another flawless acoustic guitar performance, this time taking on Michael Jackson’s 1987 hit Smooth Criminal. The only thing cooler than playing it on a a triple-necked guitar would be if Luca could moonwalk at the same time.

Mike Dawes: Jump

Mike Dawes: Jump

When he was 14, musician Mike Dawes heard Eddie Van Halen play guitar and says it rocked his world. Now, put on your headphones and let the sound envelop you as Mike pays tribute to Eddie’s namesake with an acoustic cover of the 1984 hit Jump. Perhaps Mike will inspire some young musicians with his impeccable playing too.

Kent Nishimura: Time

Kent Nishimura: Time

Pink Floyd’s Time is one of the all-time great concept rock tracks. Crank up the volume and let the musical waves wash over you as Kent Nishimura performs an awesome cover arrangement of the Dark Side of the Moon track on his acoustic guitar, using the guitar’s hollow body to create the clock ticking effect.

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.

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Soren Madsen: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Soren Madsen: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Danish guitarist Soren Madsen turns in an exceptional performance of Ennio Morricone’s theme from The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. You can find tabs for the arrangement on Soren’s website, and be sure to check out more of his performance videos, including a great version of Metallica’s Nothing Else Matters.

Lava ME 2 Acoustic Freeboost Guitar

Lava ME 2 Acoustic Freeboost Guitar
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This unique acoustic guitar doesn’t just look amazing, it sounds just as good. It features a body molded from a carbon fiber composite, so heat and humidity won’t affect its sound. Plus, it has a built-in preamp with reverb, chorus, and delay effects, and tech that lets you hear those effects without an external amp.

40 Fingers: Sultans of Swing

40 Fingers: Sultans of Swing

The members of 40 Fingers put their capable digits to good use with this awesome four-part cover of the Dire Straits track Sultans of Swing. They did Mark Knopfler and company proud with this richly-layered acoustic arrangement of the rock classic.

Dave Grohl Explains Everlong

Dave Grohl Explains Everlong

During a Foo Fighters set on Oates Song Fest, Dave Grohl turned in a live acoustic version of the band’s classic Everlong. Before the performance kicked off, Dave dug into how the song came together, his sources of inspiration for the track, and a few thoughts that might inspire other musicians.

Wild West Whistler

Wild West Whistler

Italo Vegliante is an actor and musician who starred in Italian B-movies back in the 1980s. More recently, he’s used his talents to a create unique style that incorporates whistling, mouth sounds, and acoustic guitar. Here’s his fun tribute to the master of Wild West soundtracks, Ennio Morricone. He also created this piece of Internet gold.

Acoustic Feel

Acoustic Feel

We’ve always loved the MGMT song Electric Feel. But what if it were a twangy acoustic track instead of a hip indie electro-funk song? Well, wonder no longer, as musician Alex Melton answers that question with a great arrangement that gives the song a whole new flavor.

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.

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Solar Eclipse Music Video

Solar Eclipse Music Video

Back in 2015, Faroe Islands doom metal band Hamferð performed a moody, acoustic version of their track Deyðir varðar while a solar eclipse played out behind their backs. They timed the live performance perfectly and managed to resist the urge to turn around as day turned to night and back. (Thanks Kartin!)

Acoustic Uprising

Acoustic Uprising

João Fuss’ YouTube channel is loaded with great classical guitar performances. Among our favorites is this cover of the Muse track Uprising which not only shows off João’s talents but the musicality of the original’s composition. His covers of Radiohead’s Karma Police and Dire Straits Your Latest Trick are also fantastic.

U Can’t Touch This Fingerstyle

U Can’t Touch This Fingerstyle

Stop. Hammer Time. Musician Alexandr Misko gives the 1990 MC Hammer hit U Can’t Touch This a completely new sound, performing the rhythms of the track on his acoustic guitar. Alexandr’s Russian-accented rap flow brings it all together.

Michael Jackson Fingerstyle

Michael Jackson Fingerstyle

Musician Kent Nishimura shows off his impressive acoustic guitar chops once more, with a couple of great fingerstyle covers of two very different Michael Jackson tunes, Human Nature, Thriller, Rock with You, and the Justin Timberlake collab Love Never Felt So Good.

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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