Category Archives: Neo-classical rock

Tina S Metalizes Beethoven (Moonlight Sonata, Third Movement)

Young virtuosa Tina S lays down a wonderful cover of the Dr. Viossy guitar arrangement of the third movement of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata (Piano Sonata No. 14, Op. 27, No.2).

This is, of course, the “presto agitato” third movement of the Moonlight Sonata. (Beethoven called the sonata “Sonata quasi una fantasia” – sonata, almost a fantasyThe term “Moonlight” wasn’t applied until after Beethoven’s death and referred to the first movement.)

I have been hoping that Tina would tackle this piece, and I’m glad she did!

 

Tina S YouTube channel

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Tina was taught and filmed by her guitar instructor, Renaud Louis-Servais and here.

Tina plays a custom Vigier Excalibur Custom guitar.

 

 

 

 

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New Tina S Cover — For the Love of God (Steve Vai)

Tina S is back with another dazzling cover.  In my opinion, this may be her best. I may have said it regarding a few of her other covers (which I have posted here), but it only underscores that this fabulous young guitarist is on a trajectory of constant learning and improvement…quite old school. 🙂

I think of Tina as a baroque girl because she excels in baroquish technique and spirit.  Also, her articulate and deep musicality is second to none.  It raises her covers above the “showoff” school, which constitutes many, if not most, YouTube covers.

As usual, Tina covers with power, skill, and an essential “Tinaness”. This one reaches new heights.

Tina’s YouTube channel is here.

Tina’s teacher is Renaud Louis-Servais.

Tina S Covers Jason Becker’s “Altitudes” with Mastery and Magnificence

I haven’t been able to post much here recently (but should be back to normal soon), but you know I’m not going to miss a new video by the wonderful Tina S!

As usual with Tina’s posts, this video is fabulous to listen to.  It may be her most impressive yet.

I listened to it a few times last night, and I need to say to anyone who sees this post, please check out the video. Don’t miss this one!  It is a magnificent and masterful cover.

Jason Becker’s “Altitudes”.  I think you will agree that this is a true tour de force by young Tina (age 16), whether or not you like “neo-classical metal”.

Tina is step-by-step honing a very individual style…intense and edgy, punctuated by brushstrokes of great beauty. (I would easily recognize her playing in a crowd of covers, and it stands out prominently against competent slicker ones.) In this video, in addition to her remarkable flow, “line”, and compelling note values, her (apparently controversial) vibrato is powerful, edgy, almost ominous at times. To wax poetic, Tina is like a beautiful young valkyrie battling the elements with evolving style and power! She is an endlessly fascinating and exciting young guitarist, far out of the ordinary.

“Altitudes” is a fine composition by Jason Becker, (who, by the way, agrees on the merit of Tina’s playing) and points the way to some exciting things that can be done in the neo-classical field. My personal hope is that Tina pursues this path as it seems to be congenial to her; but, of course, I will support her whatever she chooses (and whatever path she takes will be exciting and awesome, it is clear by now).