Above is gayageum virtuoso Luna Lee (known professionally as simply “Luna”) covering the guitar solos from the 1976 Eagles classic “Hotel California” with such perfection, it would surely make Don Felder and Joe Walsh proud.
The Korean National University of Arts graduate has been studying the traditional Korean instrument since childhood, and also teaches traditional music to elementary school students. According to an April 2013 interview Luna did with the Korea Times, she began experimenting with American-style blues after a guitarist friend introduced her to the song “Tender Surrender,” by Stevie Ray Vaughan. In the interview, Luna was quoted as saying the “gayageum has a technique called nong-hyun, which is quite similar to bending on the guitar, but nong-hyun can go further. It really has a dynamic range. This makes the gayageum perfect for playing the blues.”
To date, her Youtube channel has nearly 3 million views and it features her versions of such other popular American rock songs as Santo and Johnny’s “Sleepwalk,” Joe Satriani’s “Starry Night” and Bob Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower” (which is more popularly known from Jimi Hendrix’s version). Also check out her Facebook fan page.