I found this on digg.
I think it’s great fun. This style of guitar playing is something that I have been gravitating to recently. But what drew me to this article was not the guitar style but the song and the medium. It’s a cool YouTube cover of a classic, but still a cover.
My friend Amy and I have had heated debates over the validity of covers. Her angle is that a musician should be able to stand on her/his own music. Using covers is just a ploy. I disagree. I think covers, if done tastefully, can really help artists.
Which takes us to Adrian Holovaty. Adrian has recorded a number of great covers and posted them all on YouTube. Although he’s not a musician by profession, Adrian now has that option. He has expanded his fanbase tremendously via his YouTube Mario cover.
For me, YouTube is pretty much the only avenue where I would bother checking this out. I don’t have enough interest to Google some jazz guitarists name or the patience to wait for a horrible Myspace to load.
Oh and have you heard the news….YouTube just crossed the 5 BILLION STREAMS mark in September. I’ll say that again 5 BILLION STREAMS!!! Most Myspace artists don’t have even 50,000 streams. So by cleverly using YouTube + a popular cover, Adrian is growing his fanbase and creating his career.
Whether you agree with Amy or you agree with me, the fact is that YouTube Covers get a lot of exposure. Use it to your advantage.[youtube=http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=YBbhm6vBZI4]