Strings may not always be everyone’s cup of tea and are often seen as outdated instruments, because they have been around for so long and it is a common misconception that they are generally used in classical music. However, there are plenty of talented artists putting a completely different twist on their string instruments by performing covers of contemporary songs or simply making classical performances a lot more fun! You can see for yourselves in our top 10 string covers – I think the result is great!

I would love to hear what your favourite string covers are in the comments box below and don’t be afraid to link your own covers too!

Salut Salon “Wettstreit zu viert”

To kick this off, these four ladies are not only incredibly talented, they also make their performances fun and entertaining to watch, whatever it is they are playing!

Bryson Andres ”Secrets”

Showing off an incredible talent, Bryson Andres pushes the boundaries of playing the violin and proves you don’t always need a band to produce a powerful and rich performance!

2CELLOS – Welcome To The Jungle

2Cellos are probably my favourite string players – they definitely are not afraid to experiment with their craft and alongside compelling performances also deliver on good quality videos.

The Mad Violinist (improv) – Bassnectar & E.Goulding Lights

I have stumbled upon this accidentally on Youtube and thought it was a great improvisation and proof that you can adapt a classical instrument to any style of music – it’s down to your own versatility. (Note – it doesn’t really kick in for the first minute)

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Snow – Mandolin & Upright Bass Cover

Perfect fusion of the deep sound of double bass and the bright tones of a mandolin come together in this uplifting Red Hot Chilli Peppers cover!

Frozen: “Let It Go” – Viola Cover (Idina Menzel)

This movie created a real craze among grown ups and children alike, therefore, I am sure most of you will enjoy this lovely cover of ‘Let It Go’ from Frozen performed on a viola!

Portland Cello Project Covering Kanye West “All of the Lights”

String instruments have previously been used in hip hop, however, the Portland Cello Project have taken it a step further by covering a Kanye West song purely on strings with help from other classical instruments.

World’s fastest violinist plays Flight of the Bumblebee

Ben Lee covers ‘Flight Of The Bumblebee’ setting a world record as the fastest violinist. He is part of the electric rock/pop violin duo Fuse, make sure to check them out!

Shara Lin – One Woman Band

This multi-talented lady has mixed pop and classical music in a compelling jamming session playing 3 instruments simultaneously!

Evolution of Music

To complete this great list of amazing string covers, here is a beautiful medley of musical pieces showing you how music has evolved and changed over time! It is up to your creativity and ever developing skill to keep up with it and bring forward something new.

About the author

Diana was Normans Piano & Strings specialist for a number of years. She is a singer songwriter, plays piano and speaks 3 languages. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling as well as blogging about anything.