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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!)
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.