Category Archives: Neo-classical rock

Tina S Revisited

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Tina S YouTube channel

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Tina S videos were among the first cover videos that I posted with commentary on this site. As, since that time, the number of her YouTube subscribers has exploded (710,571 as I write this), and as a devoted and enthusiastic fan base has developed, I think it is time to put down a few more thoughts. (Also, as might be expected, her videos are, by far, the most viewed videos on my site.)

Tina is 19 now and was barely 14 when she first came to my notice. In 2013, a friend sent me a link to Tina’s “Eruption” cover with the words something like, “Man, you’ve got to see this!!” It was the first I knew of her, and I was immediately struck by the dynamic clarity of her playing and by her cool, almost fey, appearance; a combination, in fact, *not remotely like that of anyone else*. Who was this beautiful, enigmatic young lady with the cool casual manner and evident quiet depth of disposition? I immediately felt a vital kinship with her. Clearly, from that time to this many people have been struck in the same manner. (There is much more to music appreciation than simple admiration of technical skill no matter how astonishing it is. Resonances abound…always. It would be silly and dishonest to ignore them.)

Tina’s covers are my favorite metal covers, especially among those of young guitarists. To me, they are distinctive and immediately recognizable. Her unique beauty of execution is second to none…period. A few people can’t see my point-of-view, but the covers they point out as “better” don’t have the power, beauty, and depth of Tina’s to my mind and often they are “show-off” covers, usually by young men who think a few “badass” tricks are what makes great music. (A number of young folks have sent me videos of their versions of covers Tina has done with comments like, “See, that’s how it should be done.” It is generally embarrassing because these videos are usually 1) grim and flat or 2) full of common and ephemeral hormonal angst and fantasies of power manifested in tricks thought of by them as badassism.)

Whether or not it is your “thing”, Tina is coming from the “classical” school of playing and musical development where it is important to learn and develop and where attention to detail is important…music as an art and a craft to study, to learn, and to shape and make beautiful and exciting. The rarity of young YouTube metal cover uploaders who come from (or take seriously) this powerful tradition of music may account for occasional blindness to the quality of her covers (which, however, really *are* deeply badass (feminine version) and magic mojo-enriched for those who can hear it! Tina has a rare knack of making people feel alive. Many people feel it and say so. It is not something to scoff at.)

Tina hasn’t posted a YouTube video since August 2016.  She is probably entering into another phase and level of making music (and she was in school part of the time).  Let us hope her career will be in music…It is exciting to contemplate…, but it’s her decision and her life. That there would be a long period of time in which to work toward a new career level in music after the incredible success on Facebook is not surprising to me, though naturally fans are impatient to hear something new from Tina. She keeps up her Facebook and Twitter sites with an occasional picture and comment, and Vigier Guitars continues to list her as a Vigier artist and to share her Facebook and Twitter posts (they, apparently, are enthusiastic about her)…and we shouldn’t forget that Vigier presented her with a new “Rock Art” guitar last year. Yes, I think we will hear more from Tina.

 

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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

Tina S Facebook page

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

Tina plays a custom Vigier Excalibur Custom guitar.

 

 

 

 

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).