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This acoustic fingerstyle cover of Vega's Street Fighter 2 theme has all of the makings of a perfect rendition

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • July 23, 2021 at 6:11 a.m. PDT • Comments: 10

A few specific, standout things come to mind when you think of Vega's iconic Street Fighter 2 theme. The Spanish tone of the classic track brings with it immediate thoughts of acoustic guitars, castanets (that little clicking instrument that you've definitely heard before), and a strong lead.

All of the above is essentially a recipe for creating a great arrangement for Vega's theme, and musician Daniel Gabassi constructed a top notch guitar cover of Vega's Street Fighter 2 theme by following this blueprint and adding some extra layers of awesomeness to it to bring it to perfection.

With this rendition, Gabassi takes on all of the roles in the arrangement. Rhythm guitar, lead, castanets, and even a little bit of good, ol' fashioned clapping make up the ensemble.

As noted in the headline of this story and the video's title, Gabassi uses fingerstyle to really bring Vega's theme to life. Found often in Spanish and Flamenco music, fingerstyle guitar does away with the traditional guitar pick and uses each finger to pluck and strum the strings, allowing the player to strike alternate strings simultaneously and hit notes in ways that wouldn't be possible otherwise if they were holding a pick between their thumb and index finger.

Just as you'd imagine, this style and technique fits perfectly for Vega's theme, and Gabassi does an excellent job with each section.

When everything here comes together and all is said and done, this cover of the Spanish ninja's song is picture perfect. Neither a hair nor a note is out of place here, so hit the play button, sit back, relax, and allow yourself to be transported to Vega's stage where he undoubtedly is climbing on the cage and ready to pounce on you...

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