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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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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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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