Like how "Unplugged Version" means the Original Song has been performed with 0 usage of technology-stuff (other than Microphone) [No editing, Acoustic Instruments only, No Faders, No Compressors], What's the name given to a Version in which One Person is emulating the whole song, playing as many parts he/she can at once?

For example, take Hotel California, one person is playing all the parts written in the below snap. enter image description here

Well basically a cover but only one person and he/she is playing as many parts possible to bringing in as many elements as possible.

(Hoping the question belongs here, not english.stackexchange.com)

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    One man band..?
    – Tim
    Jun 29, 2020 at 17:51
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    "A whole arrangement"?! "Playing all the parts"?! He's singing, playing a guitar and tapping his foot. Anyone can do that! Dylan can probably do any of his songs without a band, AND throw in a mouth organ! It's called doing a song on your own. Jun 29, 2020 at 22:27
  • @OldBrixtonian , I only took an example, maybe this wasn't a good example. Jun 30, 2020 at 10:19
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    @Tim So... if 'One-man-band' is the only word for the performer, I wish to know what the term would be for the performance, like for titling the performance. Jun 30, 2020 at 10:21
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    If one person plays, it's technically called a solo. Jul 2, 2020 at 8:28

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The guy in the Hotel California is playing a 3 guitar song on one guitar. Try to play it, it's not easy reading. Jeff Beck does a solo guitar cover of the Beatles' entire Sergeant Pepper album. So maybe "Beck style solo guitar cover arrangement."


I would call it a solo performance.


Since nobody has come up with anything better, my suggestion is: "A singer accompanying themself".

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