Published On: Sun, Feb 21st, 2016

Jimi Hendrix Played On An Ancient Korean Instrument Is So Damn Cool

Jimi Hendrix’s “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” goes 1,500 years back in time with this sensational reworking.

South Korean musician Luna plays the iconic track on a gayageum, a traditional zither-like string instrument that dates back to the sixth century.

Luna said the sound made by the original Korean gayageums — which are related to the Chinese guzheng, Japanese koto, Mongolian yatga and Vietnamese đàn tranh — was quiet, as they were only designed to be played in small rooms.

As she likes to play contemporary music, she redeveloped her instrument to match the sounds made by modern guitars, bass and drums.

I had to increase the volume and pressure, develop tone and increase the sustain sound,” she wrote on Patreon.com.

“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,” she added.

The video was initially posted to YouTube in 2013 but it’s now going viral — and has racked up more than 3.9 million views. 

Hendrix isn’t the only musical master she’s covered in the last seven years. Here are just some of her other spectacular performances:

Elvis Presley: Love Me Tender

David Bowie: Space Oddity

Adele: Hello

Radiohead: Creep

Check out Luna’s other songs via her YouTube, Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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