An incredible one-handed guitarist has absolutely slayed two iconic Slash solos from a Guns N’ Roses track.
Trying to emulate one of the greatest guitarists of all time is always a tough task but doing it with one hand? That’s impressive.
As per Louder Sound, one YouTuber has shown that it can be done though. Gondorian_tomatoes_ has uploaded a video of him taking on the two solo parts by Slash in Guns N’ Roses’ cover of the Bob Dylan classic ‘Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door’ playing with a prosthetic attached to his left elbow.
In a caption accompanying the video, the musician explained how he does it: “”I was born missing my left arm below the elbow and play my guitar with a prosthetic arm using an attachment that holds a guitar pick.”
He further detailed how the prosthesis exactly works in a response to a commenter: “The prosthesis is model[ed] around a forearm shape (as I have my elbow but not much below it) and where the ‘wrist’ is there’s a screw thread attachment.
So the attachment onto the prosthesis is a ball and socket joint with a piece of metal on. In that piece of metal there’s a slit cut out that can fit a guitar pick inside that is then secured with screws. I hope that makes sense haha it’s difficult to describe it without showing in person.”
‘Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door’ is just the latest of his extraordinary performances. Gondorian_tomatoes_ has previously uploaded videos of him covering Tom Scholz’s lead in Boston’s ‘More Than a Feeling’ and James Hetfield’s powerhouse solo in the huge Metallica anthem ‘Nothing Else Matters’. Perhaps coolest of all, he’s even nailed Brian May’s classic part in Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.
As for what’s next on his list? It’s only a little Eagles song called ‘Hotel California’. Give him a follow on YouTube to see how he fares.