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Can’t Stop: Fingerstyle

Can’t Stop: Fingerstyle

Guitarist Luca Stricagnoli presents another fantastic fingerstyle cover arrangement – taking on the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ 2002 hit Can’t Stop on his triple-necked acoustic guitbass. The endlessly spinning camera made us a little queasy, but the music is worth a little dizziness.

Take on Me Fingerstyle

Take on Me Fingerstyle

Guitarist Alexandr Misko presents another impressive fingerstyle arrangement, with a fantastic interpretation of a-ha’s 1985 hit Take on Me, which seems to be having more than a little bit of a resurgence in popularity these days.

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Delay without Effects

Delay without Effects

During most of his concerts, musician Rob Scallon performs Rain, a tune that relies heavily on a delay effect pedal. But he recently decided to see if he could replicate the sound through a combination of room acoustics and enlisting the help of two other guitar players.

The Prodigy: Acoustic Medley

The Prodigy: Acoustic Medley

Guitarist Luca Stricagnoli impresses yet again with a fantastic fingerstyle trio of tracks by the godfathers of rave music The Prodigy: Invaders Must Die, Omen, and Voodoo People, performed while he wanders through seemingly endless stacks of freight containers.

Stringscapes Vol. Two

Stringscapes Vol. Two

Musician Alan Gogoll used a custom built camera and guitar rig to capture the vibrations of the strings on his acoustic guitar, then played a series of chill tracks with beautiful scenery in the background. The most soothing thing you’ll watch today. Listen on Spotify here.

Careless Whisper: Fingerstyle Cover

Careless Whisper: Fingerstyle Cover

Guitarist Alexandr Misko turns in another incredible cover – this time performing a fingerstyle rendition of George Michael’s 1984 classic Careless Whisper, working his magic on the guitar’s strings, frets, body, and changing tunings on the fly.

Playing a $1 Guitar

Playing a $1 Guitar

Musician Rob Scallon has performed on some very high quality musical instruments over the years. This is not one of those times. Listen as he manages to somehow play a coherent and entertaining song using a cheap dollar store toy guitar someone gave him.

Owen Davey: Master of Puppets

Owen Davey: Master of Puppets

13 year-old Owen Davey is a master of not just one instrument, but can rock lead guitar, bass, and drums with the best of them. Here, he performs all of the parts from Metallica’s classic Master of Puppets like a badass. His cover of YYZ by Rush is solid too.

Imperial March Guitar Orchestra

Imperial March Guitar Orchestra

Musician Cooper Carter shreds like a boss as he replicates the rich orchestral sounds of John Williams’ Imperial March by playing all 28 of its instrumental parts on various electric guitars and basses. He previously used the same technique with Star Wars’ main theme.

Feel Good Inc. 3-Neck Cover

Feel Good Inc. 3-Neck Cover

Musician Luca Stricagnoli turns in an amazing cover version of Gorillaz’ hit track Feel Good, Inc. on his unusual, but amazing triple-neck Serracini guit-bass, somehow playing the track’s entire melody and rhythm section with just his two hands.

Deal: FretX Guitar Fret Trainer

Deal: FretX Guitar Fret Trainer
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Learn to play the guitar like a pro with this nifty gadget. It slides beneath the strings onto the fret board of any 6-string guitar, and uses LEDs to show you where to place your fingers as you build your skills. A companion smartphone app provides lessons and tracks your progress.

Isn’t She Lovely: Fingerstyle Cover

Isn’t She Lovely: Fingerstyle Cover

12-year-old guitarist Lanvy is the very personification of the song she’s performing, as she deftly makes her way through Stevie Wonder’s 1976 classic Isn’t She Lovely on her beautifully embellished Luna guitar.

Battle of the Strings

Battle of the Strings

Guitarist Joe Bonamassa takes on cellist Tina Guo in an epic speed battle. They lead off with Flight of the Bumblebee then head straight into the track Woke Up Dreaming. We couldn’t pick a clear winner, other than the audience at Carnegie Hall.

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Every Guitar Technique

Every Guitar Technique

From dive-bombs to double-stops to finger-picking, there are tons of different techniques and flourishes that guitarists can incorporate into their jams. Music is Win did his best to incorporate all of them into a single 3-minute solo performance. You missed a couple, dude.

Sungha Jung: Isn’t She Lovely

Sungha Jung: Isn’t She Lovely

Musician Sungha Jung turns in a wonderfully warm and technically flawless performance of Stevie Wonder’s classic Isn’t She Lovely on his acoustic guitar. We were blown away by his harp ukulele rendition of Dust in the Wind too.

Fidget Strummer

Fidget Strummer

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.

One Finger Bass Solo

One Finger Bass Solo

Musician Davie504 rises to the challenge of a typically unreasonable YouTube commenter’s request – to play his bass guitar using only a single finger. He still uses his other hand to fret, but you try strumming a bass this well using only your pinky.

Miguel Montalban: Sultans of Swing

Miguel Montalban: Sultans of Swing

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.

Enter the Acoustic Ninja

Enter the Acoustic Ninja

When you’re living on the razor edge stay sharp, sharp… Musician Kaminari presents a decidedly different take on Die Antwoord’s alt-rap track Enter the Ninja, with a toned-down fingerstyle acoustic guitar take on the boastful original.

Acoustician: Comfortably Numb

Acoustician: Comfortably Numb

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.

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Off by a Syllable

Off by a Syllable

(PG-13: Language) Musician Jay Foreman starts out with a simple tale about being off by a single syllable on a childhood song, then goes on to demonstrate his ability to do the same with just about any song. Watch him mess with a couple more songs here.

Billy Jean: Fingerstyle Cover

Billy Jean: Fingerstyle Cover

Musician Alexandr Misko performs a wonderful fingerstyle guitar arrangement of the King of Pop’s massive hit, infusing new life into the 1982 track. His covers of The Cranberries’ Zombie and System of a Down’s Chop Suey! are equally sublime. (Thanks Nathan!)

Acoustic Labs: Star Wars

Acoustic Labs: Star Wars

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.

Hanbyul Kang: Golden Voice

Hanbyul Kang: Golden Voice

It’s been over a year since musician Hanbyul Kang last posted a song to his YouTube channel, but his back catalog of smooth and soulful covers is too good not to share. Here’s hoping we hear more from Hanbyul down the road.

SynthAxe Demo

SynthAxe Demo

A product demo reel for a crazy 1980’s musical instrument which combined a guitar with a MIDI synthesizer controller, which was basically the exact opposite of the Keytar. Why this thing never took off, we’ll never know.

Electric Moonlight Sonata

Electric Moonlight Sonata

The consistently captivating Tina S shreds an insane rock rendition of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata (3rd Moverment) on her Vigier electric, her fingers flying across the strings and frets at supersonic speeds. Arrangement by Dr. Viossy.

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