Before I get into the meat of this article, I feel it’s important to explain what a gayageum is. It’s a musical instrument that was developed in the southern part of the Korean instrument in the 6th century, based on the Chinese guzheng. Originally, it was created as an instrument for performers of court music, chamber music, and lyrical songs. Think of it as a power-zither with up to 25 strings, and you’ll have a fairly good idea what a gayageum is.
So why is it so important to provide you with an explanation of what a gayageum is?
Because it’s not a guitar. It’s not anything like an acoustic guitar and it’s not anything like an electric guitar.
And yet, you’d never know it to listen to Luna Lee perform covers of music by such recording artists as Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix.
Undoubtedly, if you haven’t heard this woman play or watched videos of her playing, you’ll think this article is a late April Fool’s joke but I can assure you that it’s anything but that. In fact, once you hear Luna Lee play the Jimi Hendrix song “Voodoo Chile” you’ll wonder why her name isn’t instantly recognizable around the world.
Be prepared to be amazed when you watch this video.