Manuel Gardner Fernandes responds to Instagram fakery accusations: “There was never a video that was sped up”

Manuel Gardner Fernandes
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Recently, the guitar world was rocked by allegations that prominent Instagram guitarists were “faking” their technique - that it was so quick and so clean, it was impossible to play. Now, one of the social media platform’s most prominent players has proven the doubters wrong.

Percussive and harmonic guitar guru Manuel Gardner Fernandes - who was personally called out by Jared Dines in his video on the subject - issued his own response, where he set the record straight.

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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 from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.