Grimes' online music lessons

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 13 April 2016


Grimes taught herself how to play violin by studying online tutorials, but admits she isn't as good as people may think

Grimes learns musical instruments through online tutorials.

The 28-year-old singer - whose real name is Claire Boucher - taught herself how to play violin, but admits she isn't as accomplished as people might think.

She admitted: "You just Google s**t and, like, learn it. But all my violins are incredibly Auto-Tuned, and I just recorded a bunch of notes and arranged them after the fact."

Grimes also learned to play guitar for her new album 'Art Angels' to avoid being pigeonholed as "synth-pop" and turned again to the Internet for inspiration.

She told Rolling Stone magazine: "This was just my first attempt at playing the guitar. Which is apparent when you listen to the album. After [previous LP] 'Visions', I didn't want to play the keys, 'cause I don't want to be considered 'synth-pop'.

"One of the first things I did was Google what chords were in Dolly Parton's 'Jolene', and I used those on 'Belly of the Beat'."

The 'Genesis' hitmaker also credits rockers Tool as a big influence and admires the fact they can be both "artsy" and "populist".

She said: "Instrumentally and vocally, they go to a ton of weird places. And I love the dynamic range, too. They're so artsy, but also populist. I try to live by the sonic principles of Tool."

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