Impromptu
Musician pours water into acoustic guitar to produce incredible “Swan Song”
He sacrificed his guitar to play one of the most beautiful pieces of music I've ever heard.
Elijah Chan
12.12.22

Sometimes, you just have to do it.

Have you ever had an episode where you stare at something and just get the urge to do something crazy with it?

YouTube Screenshot - BERNTH
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YouTube Screenshot - BERNTH

Some have used hair irons to cook popcorn. Others place a tarp on a pickup truck’s flatbed to make a portable pool.

Others still have even used high-powered leaf blowers to propel their skateboards.

Musician Bernth did something even stranger.

He went viral 2 months ago when he did something oddly spectacular.

He posted a video titled “I filled my guitar with water and it sounds UNREAL.”

Needless to say, the video did exactly what it says in the title.

YouTube Screenshot - BERNTH
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YouTube Screenshot - BERNTH

The video started with Bernth holding a bucket and pouring some water through the hole of his guitar.

Guitars, even the best kind, are made of plywood or wood laminate.

Both of which are water sensitive.

He then proceeds to perform using the said guitar.

The melody hits right off after a slosh and we can only imagine how viewers’ jaws dropped when the notes echoed.

He played one of his most recent releases, “Waterworks”, probably alluding to the kind of sound he wanted to make with his experiment.

YouTube Screenshot - BERNTH
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YouTube Screenshot - BERNTH

Viewers were quick to point out the subtle difference compared to a dry acoustic guitar.

The sound, they described, was other-worldly or almost ethereal.

It was a feat, they said, that was only achievable by a master guitarist.

Bernth is an Austrian musician.

He is also a composer and a YouTube content creator.

He contributed guitar solos to 3 platinum albums and 2 gold awards under his own releases.

YouTube Screenshot - BERNTH
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YouTube Screenshot - BERNTH

His musical genius has been confirmed.

He also graduated with honors from the Vienna Music Institute which only confirmed his genius, even with his eccentric approach.

YouTube Screenshot - BERNTH
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YouTube Screenshot - BERNTH

He started his YouTube channel in 2018 as a creative outlet and a way for him to teach people how to play the guitar.

In 2020, he also had the opportunity to work with David Hasselhoff and his debut as a musician.

That video earned him over 4 million views.

This talent manifested itself in Waterworks.

In the video, he kept on pointing out the effects of the water on his guitar.

Besides the sound, he could feel the guitar slowly give in to the absorbed water.

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The guitar’s Swan Song was mesmerizing.

He pointed out that this will be his guitar’s swan song as he can feel the parts warping as he played. He said that he could feel the wood bending as the song builds up.

People in the comments section commended the guitarist.

“I don’t think most people appreciate how much talent is involved in getting a perfect take like this under the pressure of knowing you have one shot as the guitar is self-destructing. That was impressive, man,” said one comment.

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“The guitar slowly dying in your hands as you play this beautiful and melancholy piece, to be its last song ever,” said another comment, adding that it was an undoubtedly poetic end.

While the video is all of these things it was something more.

A piece of music without match.

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Others said they can’t fathom the fact that Bernth would need to bring a different guitar at every location for a tour but we think, as a musician who played self-destructing guitars, it’s a challenge he’s willing to take on.

Hear Bernth masterfully evoke a beautiful “swan song” from his guitar in the video below!

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By Elijah Chan
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Elijah Chan is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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