With an electric guitar you get all that lovely mistake-hiding distortion. All the squalling feedback and lovely, comforting effects pedals. Playing an acoustic guitar well is an exercise in precision, clarity, and more often than not, great songwriting.
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When you hear the lyrics, "I fought the law and the law won," which artist comes to mind? If you're musically inclined, a certain English punk-rock band likely pops into your head. And the crunchy guitar riffs and raw power of "American Woman" probably conjure the image of a flashy rock star and his Flying V guitar. But get this, neither tune was written by the artist you associate the song with. They are just masterful takes on someone else's work. To see how your music knowledge stacks up, we've gathered the 50 best cover songs of all time. Be honest, how many did you think were originals? And for more great music trivia, check out 50 Songs Turning 50 This Year. Jimi Hendrix's rowdier, louder, and punchier electrified version of Bob Dylan's classic song, released in , blew even the original songwriter away. Listen here.
The song, while the product of an artist with a unique vision, has the capability to become something else once it is put out for everyone to hear. Once a song is out in the open, it could very well undergo a transformation unlike the original artist ever anticipated. Covering another artist's song is a fantastic way for someone to demonstrate his or her musical skill in light of another's.
While it's easy to create a basic acoustic cover of most pop songs , it's difficult to create a version unique enough to stand on its own. When done correctly, however, a great acoustic cover can give us an entirely new take on a melody we already know and love. That's why we put together this Music Monday playlist full of acoustic covers that just may be better than the originals. So kick back, throw on these chill tunes and enjoy the long summer days while we still have them.