Five Great Bach Guitar Shredding Videos

When Headbangers Meet Baroque Counterpoint

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

In bedrooms and living rooms around the world there are amateur rock guitarists who cut their teeth on classical music. Bach's music stands as a favorite for young guitar nerds. With his endless melodic lines that require virtuosic technique, Bach's compositions are often a perfect storm of opportunity for rock guitarists to showcase their talents and geek out.

Here are five examples of Bachian guitar shredding, some famous and some amateur. Long Live Bach!

Yngwie Malmsteen threw Bach into his solo 2 minutes in: 

Everyone in the band must have long hair: 

Best. Backdrops. Ever. 

Paul Gilbert from Racer X – worth it because he says he learned this from the Well-Tempered Clavier by EAR! 

A duet for the Double Violin Concerto. The head is cropped out to assure anonymity: 


Do you have a favorite Bach guitar video? Share it in the comments box below.




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Comments [14]

Art From Denver

If you want an interesting take on Toccata and Fugue try this

It is from a UK instrumental band called Sky in 1980. It made it to #6 in the UK charts. Though not a full out guitar band, there is plenty of guitar in it.

Apr. 01 2013 02:20 PM
Jonathan Geffner

Listen to Nils Lofgren's solo on "Youngstown" from Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band Live in New York City. I would swear there's a Bach invention in there.

Apr. 01 2013 09:10 AM
Palmist from Hawaii

It gives one hope that the young people love Bach.

Mar. 30 2013 09:08 AM
Joe Schmo from Noweresville

Hey!!! Idiots!!! Bach is a composer from the Baroque period and NOT THE CLASSICAL PERIOD!!!! Get it right if you're going to have a discussion on the internet!!! Dumbasses!!!

Mar. 30 2013 03:03 AM

I think it's really lame how this makes fun of the idea. It's not nerdy to learn Bach on electric guitar and I guess every great guitarist started on stage and not in their bedroom... I think who ever did this article is bitter he's not in one of the videos

Mar. 30 2013 12:58 AM
Al Luna from Bronx, NY

I'm shocked! How can heavy metal guitarists play classical music! This must be fake! How can you compare the two?!! Never post anything like this again! Relax, people, just being sarcastic! Steve Erquiaga: Well Tempered Clavier Prelude in Cmin, Cafe Paradiso.

Mar. 29 2013 11:24 AM
Andrew from New York

Uli Jon Roth does a fun "Air on the G String" (Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068.)

And the California Guitar Trio does a great Toccata and Fugue in D Minor.

Mar. 28 2013 12:47 PM
Andrew from New York

Here is another interesting and more recent (and shorter) video of Yngwie shredding...err...performing J.S. Bach's Badinerie BWV 1067 in B minor

Mar. 28 2013 12:38 PM
Jan Viljoen from Pretoria, South Africa

Check out Bach's Bouree on pedal steel. very difficult.

Mar. 27 2013 11:44 PM

Leo Kottke in 1977 playing J. S. Bach's Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring. 12 string guitars rule!

Mar. 27 2013 11:37 PM

French suite 4

French suite 5

Mar. 27 2013 10:52 PM

check out the "Bach Street Boys":

Mar. 27 2013 07:54 PM
E.L. Yu

Favorite Bach pieces played on a guitar: (1) Chet Atkins playing part of the Brandenburg no.3 in G (2) Los Romeros playing numerous Bach pieces (3) Ben Verdery playing the unaccompanied cello suites.

Mar. 27 2013 07:21 PM

Chris Thile wipes the floor with these fools:

Mar. 27 2013 05:20 PM

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