This is a guest post by the one and only Stevie Steve, radio-show host extraordinaire and first time contributor to The Acoustic Version.
One great thing about the rise of the internet and sites like YouTube is the ability for children to find an outlet for their creativity and talents that reaches the entire world. This video is brought to you by a young man from South Korea named Seongha Jung, who for the last 4 years has been astonishing subscribers with his guitar virtuosity. At the ripe age of 14, Seongha has already mastered the acoustic guitar and published over 300 Youtube videos proving his skills. Over 40 of these videos have 1 million views each, in genres ranging from modern pop to classical and everything in between. In 2010 he put out his first album titled Perfect Blue, which mostly contains choice covers, with a few originals too.
The video we bring you today is a cover of the Guns and Roses classic, Sweet Child o’ Mine. This song not only showcases Sungha’s mechanics, but also his ability as an arranger of music. The cover has a much lighter, happier feel than the hard hitting original. Of course this is partly due to the lack of metal instrumentation, but also because Sungha’s acoustic work fully utilizes the potential of the instrument to get a full and rich sound from just a solo guitar. He appears to use an open tuning with capo, and showcases his fingerstyle as well as tapping skills to put a fresh spin on this 80’s metal classic.
Check out his YouTube channel to see how Sungha has evolved over the years and to support his album.