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You’re doing it wrong!

While watching this adorable video, I noticed Jorge Narvaez plays his right-handed guitar left-handedly but also with the strings backwards (treble strings up top, bass strings on the bottom).  Most of the famous left-handers I know of who played right-handed guitars (Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain) flipped their guitars around and then restrung them as a true left-handed instrument with the bass strings on top so that the shapes of chords would not have to be inverted.

I guess the obvious advantage of Jorge’s style is that he can pick up any right-handed guitar and play it without having to restring it.

The only other person I’d seen play that way before was Rick Moranis, believe it or not, in this hilarious SCTV skit, in which he, Eugene Levy, and John Candy cover Chilliwack’s “My Girl” as the punningly-named pre-teen band, “The Recess Monkeys” as part of a public-access fundraising drive.

So my curiosity about the backward-stringers was piqued, and as usual, Wikipedia is up to the challenge.

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Donald Glover: he's serious about this rap thing

I know I’m not the only fan of NBC’s Community here, but what you may not know is that Donald Glover, who plays Troy and has written jokes for 30 Rock, also raps under the name Childish Gambino.  He’s recently released a full-length album, Culdesac, which you can download along with his two EP’s, I Am Just a Rapper, Vol.’s 1 & 2, from his blog.  For free.

Culdesac has high-quality production, but what makes the EPs sort of different and fun is that he’s rapping over uncut indie songs for the most part.

So, following up on Greg’s Sleigh Bells post, here’s Childish Gambino’s “New Prince”:

Childish Gambino, “New Prince” (Crown On the Ground)

and here’s a track from Culdsac:

Childish Gambino, “Hero”

and here’s a funny skit from Derrick Comedy:

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