Tina S Revisited


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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.


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.





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:


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!


Tina S Facebook page

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.]






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).

Tina S Offers a Cover of a 1986 Metal Classic (Metallica “Master of Puppets”)

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!

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Renaud Louis-Servais Interview (English)

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.]



Stray Tina S Posts Moved Here

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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A Girl and Her Guitar — “8 Years of Practising Guitar” — Tina S

You know I’m a fan of young Tina’s covers. This is an interesting look at the trajectory of a relentlessly developing player.  Among other sterling qualities (including a deep musical sense that more people are recognizing with more exposure to Tina), she has great and impressive fortitude.  As I said a long time ago, Tina S is no weak flower!

(Thanks, frkol.)

Tina S Submits a Smokin’ Cover of “Through the Fire and Flames” (DragonForce)

Here is the latest performance by 15 year old Tina S.  (Her Facebook here.)

You may have seen it already as it is viral and talked about all over the ‘net.

Generally speaking, I avoid anything associated with the word “dragon”, but I will happily make an exception in this case!  Tina comes through magnificently.  Her previous video, Gary Moore’s “The Loner”, was beautifully soulful.   “Through the Fire and Flames” is super-shredding and absolutely *smokes*!  Tina demonstrates her usual distinctive flow and powerful approach in dazzling form.

The best thing about Tina’s playing, to me, is that it is always recognizable as Tina – unique  individual elements combined into a distinct character.  This is very important and shows great promise in young player.  It signifies a developing personal style, an absolute prerequisite to exceptional and distinctive achievement, and it places her above the vast majority of electric guitarists. (I’m not even mentioning her wonderful technical prowess!) I advise readers who haven’t seen her other videos to check them out to hear more clearly what I am saying.

**Tina, if you read this…the wait was worth it!  Absolutely sensational work!  I wonder what the next surprise will be. The journey you are sharing with us is breathtaking, ma chère!  For you, each video may be a goal achieved, but for your fans each one provides hours of pleasure (on repeat) with the most attractive, intriguing, and interesting young metal guitarist on YouTube.**

Tina is an honest, incredibly determined and dedicated young lady and guitarist. Her integrity and determination to put out the very best are not only part of her character, they are part of her music.  I am very impressed with Tina. Despite her being only 15 years old, it is clear to me that she is a thorough and conscientious professional.

L’Express just did an interview and an article about Tina (in French, naturally). It is interesting reading, and I think it will demonstrate to you a little of Tina’s character, motivations, goals, etc.

[To those for which this kind of music is simply not their thing…Start at 4:02 and just witness some cool fireworks!]

**Tina was taught and the video shot by her teacher Renaud Louis-Servais.  For those interested, Renaud teaches at Riff State and now on Skype.  See my post.**

Other Tina S video covers (listed descending from most recent at the top):

The Loner

Comfortably Numb solo

Arpeggios from Hell

The Best of Times

Vivaldi Tribute