This Cover Of AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" On Korean String Instrument Gayageum Is Pretty Cool
Korean gayageum player Luna Lee is doing something pretty creative with her instrument – cranking up the distortion a little bit and playing some rock tunes. Lee's cover of AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" is a really cool rendition of the track that definitely hits on all the main melodies, yet has some neat improvisation and a great reimagining of the introduction as well. We previously spotlighted her gorgeous cover of Jimi Hendrix "Voodoo Child."
Lee's YouTube channel is loaded with awesome covers, and she tells her backstory with the instrument and with music on her Patreon page.
My name is Luna and I am from Korea. I play conteporary music with a Korean traditional instrument called the gayageum. The gayageum has a beautiful sound and amazing potential so I wanted to share my music with many people. I've been on YouTube creating music videos for the internet since 2009. I have covered various genres of music.
However, the gayageum that I play is an ancient, traditional Korean instrument made for the purpose of playing traditional Korean music. My ancestors played the gayageum in a small room, so the sound did not need to be loud. But my music is performed with modern instruments such as the drums, bass and the guitar. So I had to redevelop my gayageum so that the sound would match that of the modern instrument. I had to increase the volume and pressure, develop tone and increase the sustain sound. And hoping to express the sound of gayageum more diversely like that of the guitar, I had to study guitar effectors and amplifiers and test them to see if they would fit to the sound of the gayageum. Playing modern music on a traditional instrument was not an easy process. I have come a long way from the beginning but still have a long way to go!
Check out Lee's entire YouTube page here.