The fidgetspinnerpocalypse is upon us, and these kinetic toys are everywhere now. Musician Davie504 thought he’d try something different than just wasting time with his fidget spinner, and used it to strum the strings on his bass guitar. Turns out it’s perfect for surf rock.
It’s not in chronological order, nor does it list any tracks, but that just means you’ve got to rise to the challenge to identify all the tracks that inspired GMC Guitar’s epic lead guitar medley. Guitarist Ben Higgins was kind enough to provide tabs if you dare attempt it yourself.
Musician Miguel Montalban turns in an epic lead guitar performance on his cover version of the Dire Straits classic Sultans of Swing as he plays for a crowd of bystanders in London. His Sweet Child O’ Mine and Stairway to Heaven are equally enthralling.
While our ears are tickled with the tones of musician Juha Järvinen’s (aka the Acoustician) solo from Pink Floyd’s classic, our eyeballs are enthralled with the gorgeous Ibanez acoustic guitar he’s playing. Be sure to check out his YouTube channel for more eye and ear candy.
Greg Johnson of Acoustic Labs performs a fantastic fingerstyle medley of some of John Williams’ music from the Star Wars saga. We’d pay good money to see a whole performance of this done live with the films on screen. Check out more great music over on Alvarez Live.
Musician Pete O’Connell shows off an unusual contraption, which automatically strums the strings on his guitar for him. While flaps on the spinning wheel hit the strings on his guitar, he can focus on fretting and adding a beat with his kick drum. Plus it doesn’t just work with a guitar.
(PG-13 Language) Dave Grohl regales us with a hilarious anecdote about meeting Sir Paul McCartney and Taylor Swift, then turns in a heartfelt solo acoustic performance of the Foo Fighters’ classic Best of You during the Cannes Lions 2016 festival of creativity.
Guitarist Billy Watman turns in a fingerstyle rendition of Queen’s magnum opus which would be impressive if played by anyone, but it’s even more amazing that he’s just 14 years old and can play like this. More on Billy’s YouTube page. (Video by Tony Goode)
For their series Cardboard Chaos, the guys from Signal Snowboards teamed up with Ernest Packaging and the Fender Custom Shop to create a Stratocaster with a body made from layered cardboard. The end result is completely playable, and more durable than you’d think.
The ACPAD gives guitar players the ability to control MIDI or DAW-based devices without taking their hands off their instrument. The slimline controller sticks onto guitars, adding pressure-sensitive pads and sliders which let you trigger sounds, record loops, and more.