The guitar is a wonderful instrument. The best, some may argue, (totally not biased coming from a guitarist!). With its amazing ability to play both the melody and accompaniment, it is perfect for creating mind-blowing covers of popular songs. So let’s celebrate this much-loved instrument with 3 of the best fingerstyle covers of our favourite movie hits!

AcousticTrench – ‘You’ve Got a Friend In Me’ Cover (Toy Story)

How can you not feel nostalgic whilst hearing this song? Featuring on the opening credits of the iconic 1995 animation Toy Story, You’ve Got a Friend In Me continued to be a main musical theme throughout the following film sequels. Composed by Randy Newman, the song gained enormous praise with it being nominated for the Acadamy Award for Best Original Song and Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. Unsurprisingly, it has also been covered by many famous artists such as Tom Hanks and Robert Goulet. This fabulously resonant and slinky arrangement by AcousticTrench definitely does the song justice, leaving us feeling almost as relaxed as the doggo!

Eddie van der Meer – ‘He’s A Pirate’ Cover (Pirates Of The Caribbean)

Here we have another musical creation from the genius that is Hanz Zimmer. First composed for the 2003 Disney film Pirates of The Caribbean: Curse of The Black Pearl, it has also been subject to a number of remix versions, featuring on an EP titled Pirates Remixed by DJ Tiësto. This arrangement really plays on the guitars ability to sound raw and gritty, with sliding glissandos and sparkling harmonic interjections, we think Eddie van der Meer deserves a ‘Captain’ title.

Sungah Jung – ‘My Heart Will Go On’ Cover (Titanic)

10 years later and this cover still sounds as amazing as ever. Of course, this list had to include our favourite fingerstyle maestro Sungha Jung, playing My Heart Will Go On from the all-time classic film Titanic. The song was first recorded by the Canadian singer Celine Dion and became an international hit, topping the charts in over 20 countries. The arrangement plays to all of the power ballad’s strengths, and even includes a remarkable capo-sliding key change. Just, wow.

Which one is your favourite?

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Written by: Kate Parry

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