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Guitarist Shreds Country-Fried Version of John Coltrane's "Giant Steps"

Here's a video that's been burning up the internet—and a maple Tele fretboard—for awhile. It's jazz legend John Coltrane's "Giant Steps" played "cowboy style" by guitarist Lars Schurse.

If Lars looks familiar, that's because we also shared what's probably his most popular video: his blazing, country-fried version of Joe Satriani's "Satch Boogie."

Best of all, Lars packs all his fretwork fireworks into about a minute and a half—in both cases. Be sure to check out both performances below, plus a bonus clip of Coltrane's version of "Giant Steps" for reference.

"Giant Steps" is the lead-off and title track off Coltrane's classic 1960 album. The disc, the late jazz master's first for Atlantic Records, was his breakthrough album as a band leader.

For more clips by Lars, check out his YouTube channel.

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.