Tina S Cover –The Trooper by Iron Maiden

Another brilliantly played cover by 16 year old Tina S.

Please stay away if you are going to say, “Lots of people can play this.”  🙂  Those “lots of people” can’t play it at this level and quality of personal distinction.  Isn’t the point crucial?  Quality is crucial.  In fact, Tina’s level of playing and trajectory of development are somewhat like:

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This can be heard by perceptive listeners through whatever styles she is playing or the level of musical depth and complexity of particular pieces.

Exciting, brilliant, top-level cover, Tina!

 

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I have posted many of Tina’s videos (with comments) on this site, but be sure to visit her YouTube site, too.  She has posted a variety of covers.

[Tina was taught and filmed by Renaud Louis-Servais.]

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Epic Circus, New Jazz Fusion Album by the Renaud Louis-Servais Group

I received my cd of the Renaud Louis-Servais Group’s new album “Epic Circus” in the mail yesterday and treated myself to two full hearings this morning.  It was a real treat! It is fine jazz fusion played by a top level crew of musicians [Renaud Louis-Servais, guitars; Henri Dorina, bass; Aurel Ouzoulias and Virgil Donati, drums; Christophe Cravero and Philippe Saisse, keyboard].

A gentle entry leads into “Carry’n” which begins the excitement with Renaud’s incisive guitar work providing the colorful and assured brushstrokes that give the music its primary colors.

I can’t give you a favorite track.  They are all wonderful.  Also, the album is carefully constructed (I think) like a tapestry; and, as with a rich tapestry, one cannot really say, “Oh, I like that corner, that little spot over there…”. Nonetheless, I will say that on both hearings I found myself exclaiming out loud at “When You’ve Got Nothing” and that the “Long Breath” in the midst of such thrilling music was very cool. But, no…Carry’n, Freedom, Zaku Patatu (composed by Philippe Saisse),  Epic Circus, Techno City, and  All Minor Blues…There is no way to choose a favorite track…and no reason!  (There is not a weak track among them.) The album ends with thoughtful acoustic guitar in “The Beauty of Life”.

Renaud Louis-Servais is clearly a gifted composer as well as a great guitarist.  He and his group of world-class musicians have produced a classic jazz fusion album that, in my opinion, will live on as such.

The album has been at the top of progressive/fusion charts and has received some very good reviews, for example:

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Here are some links:     Renaud Louis-Servais Group  RLSG on Facebook Renaud Louis-Servais on Facebook

You can purchase the Epic Circus album at Amazon and iTunes. I got my cd from AbstractLogix. (I’m in the U.S.). It is available in Europe at GuitarEuroMedia.

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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).