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And now, Bohemian Rhapsody on an ungainly guitar

Everybody loves Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” but this is one of the more interesting performances I’ve seen, if you don’t count the guy who plays it on his sweaty hands. That thing the chap is working with is called a harp guitar, the design of which goes all the way back to olden times (1800s, at least, but I’m too lazy to look for older references). Isn’t it hilariously overdone? I’ve seen some even more exotic ones than this guy’s, including some that need to be mounted on a stand rather than held by the player.

And aren’t the guitarist’s facial expressions the real reason we’re watching this clip? He’s feelin’ the groove.

11 comments on “And now, Bohemian Rhapsody on an ungainly guitar

  1. sknicholls
    September 19, 2015

    His knack for lip syncing is almost as good as his playing 🙂

  2. kingmidget
    September 19, 2015

    I want to hear him sing it!!!!! The most incredible instrument on the original is Freddie Mercury’s voice.

  3. kingmidget
    September 19, 2015

    OK. I couldn’t take it and didn’t watch the whole thing. Are the upper strings ever used? I can’t even begin to imagine how some of those strings would actually be used.

    • Kevin Brennan
      September 19, 2015

      The upper strings are all bass, so I guess tuning depends on what bass notes you want to throw in on top of your regular-neck chords. Crazy!

  4. John W. Howell
    September 19, 2015
  5. islandeditions
    January 24, 2016

    How did I manage to miss this when you posted it??

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