Diwa De Leon

String Player Gamer’s Livestream Online Concert 2014

String Player Gamer (a.k.a. Diwa de Leon) has recently staged his first live stream online concert in his YouTube channel before Christmas and it was a blast. With the channel’s subscribers and friends watching the show online and its chatroom getting flooded with greets and chats, it’s definitely an overwhelming experience.

Staged at his studio room, he was backed up by yours truly on acoustic guitar and JP Hernandez on percussion. The show started at 6pm PST last December 20 (around 10 am December 21 in our country) so the preparation was very early here, on setting up the cams and sound systems.

The songs we performed were centered on video game soundtracks most notably from Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros, Legend of Zelda, Tetris and more so video game fanatics, these are dedicated to you. Diwa’s arrangements were done acoustically instead of the usual electric versions you see and hear often on the net, so imagine that awesome twist and although we had a day of rehearsal, come showtime, we made unplanned tweaks on each song so it’s an impromptu take which got more exciting (but also got me lost at some point hehe, my bad, so if you have a music piece in front of you, stay focus on it, don’t try to think of putting some fill-ins or look elsewhere or else you’ll caught off guard and have the same miscues as I did :)).

On technical aspect, it was only streamed 240p according to the String Player Gamer so there might have been some difficulties to those who have watched the show live, thanks to our country’s lowest internet speed yet expensive rates. Good thing the show has been recorded also while we did it live so everyone can watch the “replay”.

So for those who missed it, here’s an upload of the show.Enjoy 🙂

String Player Gamer – Violin, Hegalong
Marvin Bea – Guitar
JP Hernandez – Percussion

Gayageum Luna

Video Feature of the Week: Voodoo Chile Gayageum ver. by Luna

Usually when you hear a classic guitar driven song that has been covered by other artists, they used the same instrument, the guitar. But on this video I stumbled, which I think has gone viral, thanks for Premiere Guitar for posting it on their Facebook page ( and various sites for sharing it, here’s a different take that sounds so fresh.

Luna performs a Jimi Hendrix‘ song Voodoo Chile using a Korean string instrument called Gayageum. Although you’ll hear guitar on her backtrack, Gayageum was the main instrument for the riffs and solos.

Her performance got my jaw dropped, never thought that someone would do it on a native instrument and pulling it off perfectly. Voodoo Chile is one of my favorite Hendrix songs, other favorite artists like Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan had covered this as well and theirs were the top 2 versions in my head.

Luna’s version, I would say, has the same vibe as those two I mentioned, she justified the song so well that now I have my top 3 favorite Voodoo Chile versions.

Watch Luna on this Youtube vid performing her own version of Voodoo Chile.