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"Billy Jean" Gets the Percussive Fingerstyle Treatment

A few years ago, Guitar World published a popular lesson dedicated to percussive acoustic guitar playing.

Even though it had absolutely nothing to do with Michael Jackson, the lesson was called "Beat It," just because it seemed fairly clever at the time.

So it's cool that someone has finally come along and done a riveting percussive-acoustic fingerstyle version of a classic Jackson tune, "Billie Jean."

The pro-shot music video shows guitarist Alexandr Misko playing the solo-guitar piece in a perfectly lit tavern as patrons order drinks (and eat peanuts) in the background. We suggest you check it out.

For more about Misko, subscribe to his YouTube channel.

Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.