Bowed guitar

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Jón Þór Birgisson of Sigur Rós playing bowed guitar at the DCode Fest in Madrid in 2012.

Bowed guitar is a method of playing a guitar, acoustic or electric, in which the guitarist uses a bow to play the instrument, similar to playing a cello or a viola da gamba. Unlike other bowed instruments, the guitar has a flat bridge, making it difficult to bow individual notes on the middle strings. Perhaps the most famous examples of this technique are found in the work of Jimmy Page with The Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin, and Jónsi from Sigur Ros.

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