Für Elise may be every new piano student’s first lesson, but this is the first time anyone has ever played Beethoven’s original composition on five guitars – at once. Steve Onotera calls himself the Samurai Guitarist, and this video is just a taste of his skills.
With five guitars laid side by side, Onotera plucks out the familiar Für Elise melody with a harp-like effect that sounds more classical than you might expect.
“Why?” some might ask. Playing five guitars is a ridiculous idea that really offers no benefit. I thought it might be cool though and I wanted to see if it was possible. This is the outcome.
The 30-stringed rendition of one of Beethoven’s most famous works is available in the iTunes store. If you think about it, the parallel between 88 piano keys and this linear guitar layout makes a lot of sense!
Since he released the video from his archives, it looks like Onotera has been invited to appear on America’s Got Talent, looking for some advice on Twitter. What do you think?
Got an email from the casting director for America’s Got Talent, what do you think, should I do it?
— Steve Onotera (@samuraiguit) January 23, 2015