Hear Led Zeppelin’s ‘Whole Lotta Love’ Covered on Mountain Dulcimer
Think you need six strings, a stack of amps, and a few pedals to do justice to Led Zeppelin‘s ‘Whole Lotta Love’? Think again.
In fact, as demonstrated in the video above by Connecticut musician Sam Edelston, you can pull off a pretty terrific rendition of the Zeppelin classic with half as many strings. Displaying a frightening amount of rock mojo for a guy who seems fairly quiet and unassuming, Edelston used his amplified three-string mountain dulcimer to roar his way through ‘Whole Lotta Love’ without so much as breaking a sweat. As the video’s description points out, “The dulcimer can be a very sweet, tender instrument — but it’s also great for rocking out. Tuned 1-5-8, it’s loaded with power chords.”
After watching this, we’re ready to jump in a van and follow Edelston around on tour. Sadly, that doesn’t seem to be a possibility, but if you like what you see here, he’s recorded a series of other rock dulcimer videos, including covers of the Who‘s ‘Pinball Wizard,’ the Beatles‘ ‘Come Together,’ and the Rolling Stones‘ ‘19th Nervous Breakdown.’ Check them all out on his YouTube page.