Monthly Archives: April 2014

jon spencer blues explosion live in brooklyn (1990’s)

Pretty much the only music I really hate is “corporate country” and fluff. Hope y’all can stay with me through jolts and twists. I’ll never stay in one place. I like this stuff and would have liked to have been there.

Also, I live in the northern Sierras and will be posting some of what’s going on around here. Jon Spencer Blues Explosion is at the Center for the Arts in Grass Valley, California tomorrow.


Cello Concerto in C Major, Op. 20 (complete) — Eugen d’Albert

An 1899 concerto by Eugen d’Albert. Today is his birthday. I’ve been posting “birthday posts” to my Facebook friends for quite some time. I’ll post similarly on the blog sometimes.

Renaud Louis-Servais Guitar Lessons in English (Teacher of Tina S)

UPDATE:  **Renaud now is giving private guitar lessons on Skype.**


Renaud Louis-Servais, as I have previously pointed out (examples here and here), is an exciting, dynamite guitarist and a wonderful fusion composer and performer.  He is known by many as the (obviously great) teacher of Tina S from her success on YouTube, but he is a complete working musician.  (Please check the links below.) If you are an English speaker and would like some top-rate guitar instruction, you should know he is now teaching guitar in English at Riff State. [Private lessons on Skype.]

Of course, you can get lessons in French, too.  Check out sites below.

Riff State

See also:

Tina S covers Yngwie Malmsteen – Arpeggios From Hell

Tina S continues her wonderful development toward the highest levels of her art! She is building a very impressive foundation of skill and knowledge step-by-step. I hugely admire Tina.

Malmsteen challenges; Tina accepts (with magnificent results)!  (It really was a kind a challenge on Yngwie Malmsteen’s part.)

…and remember, Tina is still only 14 years old.  [Update: 15 years old today- 7 April]

I hope viewers of my blog are sophisticated enough to know that Tina is going about her guitar/musical education just as she should be…that, although her progress is astonishingly rapid, there is no substitute for practicing and accomplishing just the kind of exercises (covers) she is patiently accumulating.  There are no shortcuts (unless less than the highest level is acceptable). I am grateful that she chooses to share her work on videos.

***Update:  Update: Check out Tina’s newest video “Through the Fire and Flames” for some more smokin’ shredding!

Other Tina S posts on my blogs:

Tina S — Watch This Girl

“Vivaldi Tribute” (Patrick Rondat) Tina S cover

Tina S and John Petrucci

Dream Theater – The Best of Times – Tina S Cover

Tina S Interview (Spanish) in Terra Argentina

[I’m continuing to copy music posts from onemcdonaldroad to twomcdonaldroad (this blog).]

Tina S — Watch This Girl

[Update: Tina is now (7 April) a 17 year old guitarist!]


[Technical notes from an impressed Steve Ouimette:  ““This is just ridiculous,” he says. “Tina has a really aggressive style and a killer vibrato. Aside from the crazy-hard track that covers the entire fingerboard, you rarely see her looking down at the fingerboard, and her right-left hand coordination is incredible. Her picking hand has a snap to it that gives notes an authoritative sound and her ability to shake and bend notes right in the midst of fast passages adds a ton of personality to them.”] From Terra Magnum

I will only add that another strength is Tina’s beautiful fluid playing.  It is very impressive and adds distinction to every one of her submissions.


You’ll be hearing much more from Tina S. I’m not speaking lightly. She has the quality in her playing, musical development, and deportment that says “high quality”, “accomplishment”, and “success”. I say this after decades of close experience with and attention to much music…and my record of discerning future “stars” is very good. 🙂

Some folks say, “Why doesn’t she do this?” or “Why doesn’t she do that?”  She’s 15 and has reached a level most people would envy.  There is plenty of time for her to develop in her own manner and toward her own inclinations.

[Tina S fansI’ve added a picture on this post, as you can see.  I have also added a picture of Tina with John Petrucci on the post about Tina’s cover of “The Best of Times”.]

Tina S



10014566_255497954632487_1249997330_n (Please see Tina’s Facebook site.)

May 12, 2016: I haven’t updated some of the posts about Tina for a while.  I have old pictures here. Here is her latest picture…from April of this year.

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For my other Tina S posts, please search my site for “Tina S”

My latest Tina S post, 16 November 2014: 

Sunday morning: (Mostly) Tina S thoughts / Tina S — Watch This Girl (Update)


“Vivaldi Tribute” (Patrick Rondat) Tina S cover

Dream Theater – “The Best of Times” – Tina S Cover

Tina S covers Yngwie Malmsteen – “Arpeggios From Hell”

Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb Solo Cover — Tina S

Tina S Covers “The Loner” by Gary Moore (Tina S Watch this Girl Update)

…and if you want to learn to play the guitar, Tina’s teacher, Renaud Louis-Servais, can help teach you!…Here:

Renaud Louis-Servais Guitar Lessons in English (Teacher of Tina S)