THE STUDIO — Life is full of moments when you need a mental, physical, or emotional break.
Some of us use skill-based hobbies, such as sports, woodworking or instrument playing, to unwind from stress and strife. But others don’t quite have the skills or drive for these types of activities.
Luckily for everyone, the internet exists. And if we’re extra lucky, we stumble upon a video or two that distract or entertain us enough to help us reset those stress levels.
Now the content of these videos isn't going to be the same for everyone. Personally, I like watching big machines work, (like this carrot harvester), and videos of dog-owner reunions. Whatever my proclivities, it’s clear that many people also turn to music-based entertainment to soothe the savage beast.
Enter guitarist Alan Gogoll, who recently posted a video that is soothing, fascinating and impressive. The video shows Gogoll playing harmonics, which is a technique that uses soft string presses to release sound rather than presses that go all the way down when strumming or picking.
Gogoll speeds along using both hands to make harmonics, and if the counter in his video is correct, he plays 1,000 harmonics in about 90 seconds. Oddly, the performance doesn’t feel rushed. His body language appears calm, and the soft, sweet music sounds almost like wind chimes in a light breeze. This combination makes the video soothing rather than suspenseful. It’s just a dude with mind-blowing skill taking a few guitar strings on a relaxing walk in the park.
If this is your relaxation jam, or you otherwise have a hankering for more, you can see many more neat and soothing things from Gogoll — such as this view from inside a guitar — on his YouTube channel.