It’s been a while since we checked in with Igor Presnyakov, our favorite classical guitar cover man on YouTube, but the Russian virtuoso has kicked the new year off with two Adele covers. He goes for the obvious choices (“Rolling in the Deep” and “Someone Like You”), but his instrumental takes freshen up even these over-covered songs.
Both display his crazy-good picking, as he transposes the pop hits into solo-guitar instrumentals. The man’s reached over 100 million views on his videos – and over 150,000 on these two in under a week – so he must be doing something right. “Rolling” is a little more rhythmic (and features a rare vocal turn near the end) while “Someone” offers the more standard finger-picked approach. Watch Presnyakov’s two takes on Adele below.
Igor Presnyakov – Rolling in the Deep (Adele cover)
Igor Presnyakov – Someone Like You (Adele cover)
Check out more Igor Presnyakov at YouTube.