Metallica to Satie. (That’s the way I operate…always have.)
Tina is building an interesting (and highly popular) cover oeuvre while mastering a wide variety of essential guitar skills. This one displays her aggressive and powerful playing and some really formidable lyrical skills. These lyrical skills are one of the foundations of masterful playing, and I am pleased to hear them here is such clear form and am once again very impressed with this wonderful girl (16 y.o.) whose determination and trajectory appear to be relentless! Nice, Tina!
This is a video of “Epic Circus” performed at a recording session in L.A. when Renaud and the others were there early this year. Exciting and colorful musical tapestry. This is just one track of an album which will be released soon.
Here is another post from Prog Sphere. I’ve posted a number of videos and other items of Renaud-Louis-Servais . Some of you may be interested in a recent interview (in English) where he discusses his work, development, musical practices, etc. I’ve become very interested in Renaud’s work and style during the last couple of years.
[Tina S fans…the largest percentage of my viewers…also may be interested in Tina’s guitar teacher. Many have wanted to know more about Renaud.]
Composer of serial and electronic music. This documentary was intended to bring his work to a wider appreciative audience. Is it meaningful? Does it miss a cultural dimension? (It is unquestionably a fascinating discussion and exploration.)
[I posted this over a year ago on another blog. I’m bringing all my music posts to this site.]
My advice for Tina is superfluous because 1) she has probably heard it before and 2) she already shows strong understanding of the concepts.
Beyond acquiring an array of technical skills, it is important to visualize whatever piece being performed as a “whole”…like a picture in the mind….a fine unity through practice and the whole performance. It is necessary to visualize the image intellectually as a whole, as a unity – not parts- and to feel it sensually though the whole mind and body. In this manner, the piece holds together in integrity and gains a depth that is perceived by listeners. Probably 90% of listeners couldn’t say exactly what it is that makes the performance so enthralling and exceptional, but they will recognize its power. If you create a unified mental picture, a full multidimensional visual picture – much more than the sum of its parts – as well as possess the requisite technique, your performance will surpass the many who play “in parts” to show off virtuosic skills or skill of sentiment (as usual in non-classical performances.) This is not to say that you will eschew virtuosity. Not at all. Your virtuosity will be greater and in far more depth than it would be otherwise. (I don’t want to overstate the case, but I think practice of the above raises the level of any performance and adds a kind of ineffable distinction and power that is really the point of music when all the chatter is finished.)
I also need to mention beauty. I would advise you to steep yourself in deep beauty in all the arts. (I’m speaking of beauty in no narrow sense.) I think your experience of it will produce resonances in the “picture” in your mind spoken of above, and resonance equals power and depth.
Tina, I believe you have an understanding of what I am saying, and it is displayed in your guitar playing. It’s one of the things that impresses me and sets you apart from others and why I am so pleased to be present at the beginning of your career.
Here is an interesting and fun compilation of recent progressive rock pieces recently posted by Renaud-Louis Servais on his Facebook page. It is, of course, on Prog Sphere YouTube channel. (RLSG – Renaud Louis-Servais Group is on track 8…”Epic Circus” that will soon be released on cd.) I am an admirer of Renaud and his group but there is a lot of other great stuff, too. (Here is the Prog Sphere website.)
As followers of my music blog (and others) know, Tina S is my favorite young guitarist. She is already a wonderful guitarist and I see great promise in her. I have posted about her and will continue to support her as I can. Some of my Tina posts were on my other blog (my art blog). I have reposted them here where they belong. Most of my life, I’ve been mainly a music guy (still am, hence this blog), but in recent years I’ve developed an interest in art, also; so I started the other blog. It makes no sense to keep them there, though.
[I will clean up these older posts for outdated links, etc. – if any – soon]
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