On making a cover of Bohemian Rhapsody

19 October 2017

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Probably one of the greatest songs to ever be made, “Bohemian Rhapsody” has a new cover.

The particular reason we really liked this one is because it was completely done by one person; Ramzi Ramman from The JLP Show.

Ramzi hosts “Ramzi Ramman Sessions” as he calls them every now and then on The JLP Show’s YouTube channel and for episode 30 he decided to cover the all-time, world-favorite; Bohemian Rhapsody.

For those who have never heard of the track, if such a demographic does exist; “Bohemian Rhapsody” is a Grammy Hall of Fame inducted track, released by a small rock band from the UK who went by the name Queen and included members Freddy Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon. At the time of its release, the song was the most expensive production ever and peaked in charts all over the world.

Ramzi, from the JLP Show, who used to play live on Virgin Radio Lebanon’s Facebook and Instagram, released a cover for the track, done entirely by him and himself and we thought that it’s amazing!

Check it out..

About the way it was made, this is what Ramzi included with the video;

Some notes on the cover: Seeing as how I can’t sing in Freddie’s key, the tonality is dropped to F# (My guitars are tuned to Eb). The vocal harmonies were really tough to nail and I used barely any tuning as to keep the spirit of the original (Freddie’s performance is riddled with stray notes and that adds to the chorus effect of the grouped vocals). I doubled tracked the guitars whereas Brian May probably triple or quadruple-tracked his. I used a thick coin to emulate the pick sound May achieves. I live in Lebanon, so I didn’t have access to a Six Pence, I used a 500 LL coin instead.