Prepare to have your mind blown. Seriously.

The first time I saw this video I was convinced he was the only person in the world that could actually say they play the guitar. I’ve never heard a guitar SPEAK like this before. At first, probably to make myself feel better, I thought, “He is using an opening tuning…that’s cheating!” I’ve never been a fan of Drop D tuning because I feel like it’s the “easy” way out to playing power chords, which I’m also not entirely a fan of either. However, I learned that John Butler’s tuning was a bit more creative; it’s a C Major chord: CGCGCE, with a capo on the 4th fret.

One of my favorite things about this piece, and the guitar as an instrument for that matter, is the perfect ratio of melody and harmony being played simultaneously. It’s really a limitless instrument! The dynamics keep you engaged, and the repeated themes get stuck in your head. It’s really a beautifully written piece.

If you want to see more videos like this, check out the guitar series on the Sing Imagination blog!