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This is Luna Lee and she plays a Korean stringed instrument called the Gayageum. As well as performing traditional Korean folk music, she plays a wide range of modern styles. She can get some crazy string bends!

Here are her versions of Wipe Out, Walk, Don't Run and Pipeline.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjXH3YrTiss
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIt-JlbpZno
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OogUINE3Tqo

This is fantastic, thanks for sharing!

AWESOME!!!! Holy crap! She is such a bad ass! Such a cool instrument and sound. It has its own reverb kind of. How did you find this?

Someone should make a thread with these kinds of outlandish surf covers.

Daniel Deathtide

DeathTide wrote:

AWESOME!!!! Holy crap! She is such a bad ass! Such a cool instrument and sound. It has its own reverb kind of. How did you find this?

Someone should make a thread with these kinds of outlandish surf covers.

Here's a thread with some goofball Pipeline covers in it: https://surfguitar101.com/forums/topic/24760/?page=1 Personally I'm a fan of the sitar version by Bombay Beach Boys. I find Luna Lee's version to be reminiscent of it.

DeathTide wrote:

AWESOME!!!! Holy crap! She is such a bad ass! Such a cool instrument and sound. It has its own reverb kind of. How did you find this?

Someone should make a thread with these kinds of outlandish surf covers.

I had been watching some surf music videos and a guy named Tom Conlon came up, he has a bunch of tutorial videos including some Ventures tracks. Luna came up after that.

Here she is doing Apache.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vR69U6c3JSQ

Thanks for posting this, Chuckeds. I am very impressed.

Where do I start? Having been raised in the US and having experienced a lot of this music at the time it was released, albeit as a small child, these songs resonate very deeply. But, although I am mostly Scandinavian, I have some Asian blood and have always found the art of Asia interesting. What strikes me is how compatible Korean music and American Rock are, by nature. If you had never heard these songs in their original context, they would sound quite good in the context of Korean music.

I checked out some of her other videos, including this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8URnYQxqvNc an interview which ended with a traditional Korean sound which sounded amazingly close to American Rock/Blues. She also does Apache, Riders on the Storm, Folsum Prison Blues, Little Wing and La Grange. This is a very skilled and gifted musician. BTW, on Folsum Prison Blues, she gets pretty close to Bluegrass Banjo, at one point.

It makes me think. Having been raised in the US, my natural context is music of the US. Here is a young lady from Korea that heard and loved American Rock Guitar, but expresses it on a traditional Korean instrument, essentially a form of a zither. She could see across the two forms of music and recognize the common elements. More than that, by performing this music on the Gayageum, she is allowing us to see these similarities, as well.

I’m no starry eyed idealist. One gifted Gayageum player will not solve the world’s conflicts, but it is pleasing to see that we have common elements which cross cultural boundaries and that we can relate to music that is produced with instruments we are not likely to be familiar with. It’s gratifying to think that music can cross cultural boundaries. I wonder if my distant relatives in Central Asia like to groove out on the same music I love. I wonder if I would appreciate their music.

The artist formerly known as: Synchro

When Surf Guitar is outlawed only outlaws will play Surf Guitar.

Awesome!

The strings have this sound that reminds me of a reverb tank plugged into a slightly driven amp. And the bends sounds like a whammy bar.

Master of sound in:
https://beachbombband.bandcamp.com

Here are two other threads related to this.

https://surfguitar101.com/forums/topic/30626/

https://surfguitar101.com/forums/topic/28993/

Woody D
S3 #148
Henrico Va

synchro wrote:

Thanks for posting this, Chuckeds. I am very impressed.

Where do I start? Having been raised in the US and having experienced a lot of this music at the time it was released, albeit as a small child, these songs resonate very deeply. But, although I am mostly Scandinavian, I have some Asian blood and have always found the art of Asia interesting. What strikes me is how compatible Korean music and American Rock are, by nature. If you had never heard these songs in their original context, they would sound quite good in the context of Korean music.

I checked out some of her other videos, including this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8URnYQxqvNc an interview which ended with a traditional Korean sound which sounded amazingly close to American Rock/Blues. She also does Apache, Riders on the Storm, Folsum Prison Blues, Little Wing and La Grange. This is a very skilled and gifted musician. BTW, on Folsum Prison Blues, she gets pretty close to Bluegrass Banjo, at one point.

It makes me think. Having been raised in the US, my natural context is music of the US. Here is a young lady from Korea that heard and loved American Rock Guitar, but expresses it on a traditional Korean instrument, essentially a form of a zither. She could see across the two forms of music and recognize the common elements. More than that, by performing this music on the Gayageum, she is allowing us to see these similarities, as well.

I’m no starry eyed idealist. One gifted Gayageum player will not solve the world’s conflicts, but it is pleasing to see that we have common elements which cross cultural boundaries and that we can relate to music that is produced with instruments we are not likely to be familiar with. It’s gratifying to think that music can cross cultural boundaries. I wonder if my distant relatives in Central Asia like to groove out on the same music I love. I wonder if I would appreciate their music.

Hey synchro, I'm glad you liked so much! I've always felt an affinity for Asian culture as well. My wife, who's Korean, and I saw another gayageum player in concert with a jazz pianist recently and it fit in equally well there too.

The range of Luna Lee's musical taste is pretty amazing, she goes from Sinatra and Elvis to Black Sabbath and Metallica. Hopefully she continues to gain audiences everywhere.

Nothing else to add what not has already been said above.
Really interesting !!!

Chuckeds wrote:

Hey synchro, I'm glad you liked so much! I've always felt an affinity for Asian culture as well. My wife, who's Korean, and I saw another gayageum player in concert with a jazz pianist recently and it fit in equally well there too.

The range of Luna Lee's musical taste is pretty amazing, she goes from Sinatra and Elvis to Black Sabbath and Metallica. Hopefully she continues to gain audiences everywhere.

I find it intriguing that a different instrument, from a different musical culture, could be used to so effectively create the same sort of musical effects as an electric guitar. Obviously. It’s not identical, but it captures the essence quite well.

The artist formerly known as: Synchro

When Surf Guitar is outlawed only outlaws will play Surf Guitar.

This is very cool. Besides being a very gifted musician, she is quite visionary. Music and art is truly universal.

I guess that fella that said, "Surf is dead", was wrong!

Long live Surf Music!! Groovy
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