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Dylan Mattheisen transforms Bruce Springsteen’s Born To Run into a two-hand tapping, altered-tuning midwest emo masterpiece

Electric guitar-toting Tiny Moving Parts frontman Dylan Mattheisen last graced with his hooky tapping techniques on a playthrough of monster single Medicine, but when he swung by the GW New York studio, he had something a little different in mind… a midwest emo version of Bruce Springsteen’s Born To Run.

This radical reinvention uses Mattheisen’s trademark tuning (D A E A C# E) and a capo on the 7th fret to wring a rich vocabulary of extended chords from his Fender ’72 Telecaster Thinline reissue - as well as employing a variety of techniques, including some slick hammer-ons and two-hand tapping.

Mattheisen goes on to detail his playing style, and how you can borrow a few of his tricks for your own playing.

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Michael Astley-Brown
Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism, and has spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar (opens in new tab), Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as the best part of 20 years performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe (opens in new tab).