Popular Korean guitarist Sungha Jung has always been active on Youtube but he recently made a comeback with the release of his sixth album ”L’Atelier”. Featuring a wide range of tracks and Sungha Jung’s amazing finger-style techniques, “L’Atelier” is an album that you do not want to miss out on. The good news is that he is going to have a world tour to promote his album and is heading to my homeland of Singapore on the 28th of May. To get familiarized with his past works, here are fiveexceptional guitar covers and medleys that Sungha Jung has done over the years.
1. (Chen X Punch) “Everytime”
Beginning with this widely popular song off the soundtrack of the hit drama “Descendants of the Sun” by EXO’s Chen and singer Punch, Sungha Jung captures the groovy beat of the song perfectly in his cover while also retaining the essence of the beautiful melody. The cheery mood of the song was brought out by his playing which was never too heavy-handed and consistently light.
2. (BIGBANG) “Loser” + “If You”
BIGBANG certainly had a successful run last year with their “MADE” album and their slew of monthly comebacks, but these two tracks were especially memorable because of their somber and sometimes heartbreaking tone. With his delicate playing style and excellent arrangement skills, Sungha Jung successfully transitioned from one song to the other while also changing the mood of his playing to suit the songs.
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3. (Soyou & Junggigo) “Some”
Together with fellow guitarist Ahn Jung Jae, this duet cover of one of 2014’s most popular K-pop songs is a genius creation that doesn’t just feature some fancy finger work- it is also extremely fresh thanks to the stylistic changes made to the original song. The chemistry between the guitarists is clearly evident as well, making this an extremely enjoyable watch.
4. (Taeyeon) “Rain”
This is probably the least well-known of the songs and covers featured on this list but Sungha Jung’s cover of Taeyeon’s recently released “Rain” is extremely impressive, because of how he controls the intensity of his playing to match the emotive vocals of Taeyeon in the song. The chords in this song are also more complicated than in other songs due to the chord progressions used but he manages all the notes and chord changes effortlessly.
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5. (Kit Chan) “Home”
The only non K-pop song on this list, this familiar (to Singaporeans at least) National Day Song from 1999 was covered by Sungha Jung last year, shortly before his previous concert stop in Singapore. His touching and soothing rendition of the song gained him many Singaporean fans and hopefully he will be performing this song again.
Are you already excited for his concert? You can purchase tickets for his show at Kallang Theatre through Sistic. The concert is also being organised by local entertainment company Sprout Entertainment and you can find out more about Sungha Jung’s visit to Singapore on their Facebook page.
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