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Musician Uses Hairdryer to Turn Guitar into Synthesizer

Italian musician David Lap has set about discovering all the instruments a guitar can mimic, and it turns out there are a lot of them. In his latest video, the guitar/bass/piano player shows off how he can make a guitar sound like a synthesizer using a hairdryer. He also nails an impression of maracas with his acoustic guitar, and puts on an unforgettable rendition of an Aboriginal wind instrument.

In the video, which comes via Laughing Squid, Lap simulates a handful of instruments with both an electric and acoustic guitar. And while the synthesizer sounds Lap makes while utilizing a hairdryer are definitely a highlight, he nails every other instrument he aims to replicate.

Another video of various instruments Lap has replicated with his guitars. 

The simulation of a didgeridoo, for example, sounds exactly like one of the long, cylindrical wind instruments. And to make things even more impressive, he generates the sound using a compressed-air hose. The sitar and music box simulations, both played without the use of any other household items, are fantastic as well.

In previous videos on both his Instagram and YouTube accounts, Lap has shown numerous other amazing guitar tricks. One of his specialties is replicating sounds from video games, such as Minecraft, as well as media properties like Game of Thrones. His rendition of Dragonforce’s “Through the Fire and Flames” played while literally on fire is probably the most visually entertaining video.

Lap playing “Through the Fire and Flames” while literally on fire. 

What do you think about David Lap’s guitar renditions of other musical instruments? Are you amazed at the sounds Lap is able to summon from his various instruments, or have you heard plenty of musicians nail these sounds before? Let’s start a jam sesh in the comments!

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