Musicians use a bow to play string instruments, like the violin or a cello.
Accurate, but another common instrument in the string family is the guitar as well. How about playing the guitar with the bow? Luca Stricagnoli, an Italian acoustic guitarist, known for his innovative playing techniques, decided to give the guitar-bow experiment a try.
Luca didn’t just play the guitar with a bow; he lined up three guitars and played them simultaneously.
Check out his breathtaking rendition of “Promontory,” an acoustic version from the original soundtrack of The Last Of The Mohicans. You’re going to love Stricagnoli’s guitar playing on third power.
Mr. Stricagnoli has delivered some of the most creative live performances worldwide, using up to five guitars in the same piece.
Yes, you’ve read that one right. Playing on three guitars seems to be a piece of cake for Luca since he’s excellent at playing the guitar with his hands and feet. Don’t you believe us? Check out his phenomenal cover of “Misirlou” from Pulp Fiction.
Apart from playing on multiple guitars at the same time, Luca also uses modified capos and self-conceived stratagems.
As stated on Luca’s official website, he is successful at “leaving his audience in awe and wondering what’s next.”
In 2018, Stricagnoli recorded an acoustic cover of “Can’t Stop” by Red Hot Chilli Peppers, and the famous band loved it so much that they shared it on Twitter.
“Can’t Stop” cover by Luca Stricagnoli 🎸🎸🎸 https://t.co/8ziQCdNmlL
— Red Hot ChiliPeppers (@ChiliPeppers) March 30, 2018
As if he didn’t explore enough approaches to guitar playing, Luca has recently released an experimentative album called “What If.”
Honestly speaking, you can never get enough of what you love, and Stricagnoli loves to have fun while playing guitars. The first track of the album features a new guitar, invented by Luca and designed by Davide Serracini.
Garnering more than half a million subscribers to his YouTube channel, Luca has a significant fan base that can’t get enough of his fabulous music.
When asked about his work, Stricagnoli explained it in simple words: “My life consists of traveling around the world and playing concerts.”
Traveling from Italy after a beautiful concert and thinking about the release of my new video on September 8. It's a particular video. pic.twitter.com/szdlLFbhFz
— Luca Stricagnoli (@LucaStricagnoli) September 6, 2017
Despite Luca’s flawless performance, we have to point out that this piece is not as effortless as he makes it seem.
Please take a look at his playing. Luca seems to be able to move each finger independently. His cover sounds terrific, and it indeed does justice to the original. Luca plays three guitars: Standard, Baritone, and 7 String, all made by Serracini. He plays the bass line using a violin bow. Moreover, he plays just on the frets.
Look carefully—it’s beyond us how he does that and achieves such a perfect sound.
If you didn’t see it, you would have never guessed that it was played on a guitar by a bow.
The video has been viewed more than 13 million times on YouTube. Now we know why NME described Luca as “one of the absolute best guitarists when it comes to crazy guitar skills.”
My YouTube channel is just about to hit 600,000 subscribers. I am super thankful not only to my team Meg Pfeiffer…
Many people commented on Luca’s incredible playing, and here’s one of the lovely comments: “This is the most perfect version of this song I have ever heard. So talented it’s ridiculous.” We agree.
According to Minor 7th magazine, “Luca Stricagnoli bypasses the normal limits of the acoustic guitar.”
We find this to be a perfect description of an artist who takes the acoustic guitar and adapts it to any musical genre, from pop to rock. Well done, Luca. We wish you a lot of success in the future.
Let’s hope you’ll outdo yourself and surprise us with something else that we didn’t even imagine possible!
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