“I knew the pre-choruses would be a challenge with all the percussive bits”: Mike Dawes plays every part of Foo Fighters’ Everlong on one guitar – transforming the Dave Grohl anthem into a breathtaking acoustic fingerstyle masterclass

Mike Dawes
(Image credit: Mike Dawes/YouTube)

Mike Dawes is no stranger to taking percussive fingerstyle technique to new heights, having previously pushed the boundaries of acoustic guitar playing with a catalog of covers and original material.

Through virtuosic fingerstyle renditions of tracks such as Bob Dylan/Jimi Hendrix’s All Along the Watchtower and Van Halen’s Jump – all arranged for one guitar – Dawes has demonstrated his spellbinding chops, which combine elite dynamics and technicality with ingenious fretboard phrasing and percussive elements.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.