Covering is definitely an internet phenomenon. Video sharing sites such as YouTube and Vimeo, have made it easy to show people your skills on whatever instrument you play without leaving your house. The idea of modifying songs with your instrument seems like a natural thing to do. These are covers. Taking a popular (or not so popular) song, and using your instrument to modify it in some way
Take the example below. The song is Dynamite by Taio Cruz. It is covered on the drums by RickyFicarelli on YouTube, and he does quite a bang up job (pun intended) on it that I just had to share it.
That is, quite perhaps, one of the greatest covers I have ever seen. My only complaint is that the drum was louder then the original track, which is not ideal. Also, did you see how much fun he had.
But covers are obviously not limited to drums. By far the most common covers are on piano. So take a look at this one as well. This is the song Fireflies by Owl City, coverd by gotitans999.
So just how did he do that? Did he use sheet music? Or perhaps he learned from another video. No, probably not. Chances are he learned it by ear.
This is an incredibly skill. One which I am yet learn. It is quite something that he was able to figure that out, on his own, without help from anything but the recording.
Covers are some of the coolest things in modern music. Unfortunately some of the greatest musicians out there are stuck covering popular songs on YouTube. The drummer in the first video should be in a rock band, and the pianist in the second video should be making lots of money from his skill. Unfortunately they are stuck here. But why?
Maybe we need to discover them.