There are many of you out there that are familiar with The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Some of you have played it, some of you have watched Let’s Plays and various playthroughs. I have done neither (please don’t hurt me). I know very little about the game save for the various babblings on about it that I’ve heard from my friends. I do, however, know about a musician by the name of Andy McKee, a very well respected acoustic fingerstyle guitarist with a playing technique that I envy deeply. He posted a video performing a track from Skyrim titled “The Streets of Whiterun“, originally an orchestral composition by Jeremy Soule, and arranged it for harp guitar.
A harp guitar is a a type of guitar that, along with its standard 6 strings, also has a number of unstopped strings suited just for plucking, similar to a harp. Its roots date back to the 1800s, but the guitar that Andy plays in the video was built by Montreal-based luthier Michael Greenfield of Greenfield Guitars. All details and musical history aside, this arrangement of “The Streets of Whiterun” is as beautiful and haunting as the original. This is a video you’ll want to listen to with headphones on to really experience it. Hit up the video above and let the music take you!