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Great Performances: Mike Dawes Covers Gotye On Solo Guitar


It's hard to be in American culture right now and not have been exposed to Gotye's "Someone That I Used to Know". It's a simple song in D Dorian that has really lit a fire in the hearts of many. As with most immensely popular songs, it has been covered, reinvented, remixed, and mashed-up thousands of times on the internet. Some of these reinventions are extremely popular as well, ganering hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube. I shared one of those covers once before when the Canadian band Walk Off The Earth played the song with five people on one guitar.


This song is simple enough that a trick like that is possible. Or, if you are a really talented solo guitarist, you can just play the entire thing yourself. Mike Dawes accomplishes just that in this video. It's all him - no overdub or compositing of any kind. Skill like this is deceptively hard - the performance is so seemless it is easy to forget that he is making every single sound, not just the melody line, two-note bass, and even percussion. This is yet another example of a performer who easily has over 10,000 hours of playing time logged in.

Posted by ★ Owner on June 22, 2012 at 4:43 PM 4008 Views

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