Recently, you may have seen a video in Kearnsy’s blog of a guy who taught himself to play guitar, drums AND sing at the same time. Not only that, but he got proficient enough with it to create this awesome one-man band cover of Rush‘s Tom Sawyer:
Dominic Fragman is his name, and multitasking is his specialty. I mean, doing any one of those things individually isn’t overly impressive. I mean, I can play guitar, and drums, and sing with some proficiency. I’ve never tried to do all three at the same time, though, and if I did, I’m sure it would be a total dog’s breakfast. So for that reason, Fragman has my utmost respect.
I don’t know about you folks, but when I think of a one-man band, my mind goes straight to the ol’ Disney classic, Mary Poppins.
It’s pretty fun and entertaining to watch… But it’s not very rock and roll.
There are other one-man bands out there who play rock songs, but more often than not, they’ve got a similar setup to the one Dick Van Dyke is using in the video above: drum set on the back linked to the legs, other instruments manipulated by the head, but with a guitar instead of an accordion. Such a setup makes busking and moving around easier, but it doesn’t allow you to do a whole lot in the way of creative drumming.
Fragman’s setup, however, allows a little more flexibility, allowing him to stay truer to the songs he’s playing. He does put his own spin on things, as you can hear in that Rush cover at the top, but it’s tastefully done. There are a few more examples of him covering other classic songs that I’d like to share with you here.
First off, Led Zeppelin‘s Black Dog:
There’s another Zeppelin cover on his channel, too – one where he gets to show off his drumming prowess. Here’s Moby Dick:
The impression I get from looking at all the videos on his YouTube channel is that he is first and foremost a drummer, so it’s no surprise that when he swings the guitar behind his back and grabs another stick, it’s pretty impressive.
Here’s his take on The Black Keys‘ Lonely Boy: