Marcus Eaton has been turning heads with his most recent covers on TikTok, as he’s figured out a way to coax authentic violin sounds from his acoustic guitar.
The musician’s latest cover, of The Mandalorian’s theme song, landed on Wednesday – listen to it below.
To get the violin-esque sounds in his video, Eaton combined two accessories: the Pickaso Guitar Bow and a ToneWoodAmp. The former is a purpose-built bow for acoustic guitars, while the latter is an effects unit that harnesses vibrations to turn a hollow-body instrument into an amp itself.
The cover is a follow-up to Eaton’s rendition of the theme from Last Of The Mohicans, which went viral two weeks ago (30 March), racking up over 2.8 million views on TikTok.
Bowed guitar sounds have been part of the guitar lexicon for decades now. It found its way into rock canon when Jimmy Page incorporated the technique into his guitar solos onstage with Led Zeppelin. Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi is also known for using a violin bow on his guitar to weave reverb-drenched tapestries of sound.
Other musicians have figured out methods of replicating bow songs without one. Guitarist-YouTuber David Lap shared his method, which involved coating a pen with rosin.
Marcus Eaton is a LA-based musician who has been hailed by David Crosby as “one of the best young singer-songwriters in America – maybe even the world.” He has performed with the likes of Seal and Flea and provided the soundtrack to Crosby’s documentary Remember My Name.