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(YouTube) Video You wish you could shred Van Halen's "Eruption" as well as this 14-year-old girl does   (youtube.com) divider line 60
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2013-05-23 04:52:31 AM
She's a terrific guitar player with great articulation and chops to spare.  She even manages to get down a lot of the feel of the piece, which is even harder than getting down the notes.

To the hipsters knocking her or the piece:  we get it.  You either don't play the guitar and therefore don't know what you're talking about, or do but can't come within 100 miles of approaching this level of skill and are pretending not to care.  And dorks, it's not a "song" and was never intended to be one.  It's a solo showcase, it's meant to be flashy and turn heads, and when it was released nobody had done anything remotely like it.  The fact that we've since heard it a thousand times by a million other guitar players is a testament to its power.  That's why it's so revolutionary - it was a game changer, period.  And it doesn't get any easier to play with the passage of time.

To everyone else, it's impressive to see a kid put in the kind of work it takes to reach this level of skill.  We should be encouraging that, not disparaging it.  Kudos to her, I hope she keeps it up and learns some cool guitar faces to go along with it.
 
2013-05-23 06:20:48 AM

karmachameleon: She's a terrific guitar player with great articulation and chops to spare.  She even manages to get down a lot of the feel of the piece, which is even harder than getting down the notes.

To the hipsters knocking her or the piece:  we get it.  You either don't play the guitar and therefore don't know what you're talking about, or do but can't come within 100 miles of approaching this level of skill and are pretending not to care.  And dorks, it's not a "song" and was never intended to be one.  It's a solo showcase, it's meant to be flashy and turn heads, and when it was released nobody had done anything remotely like it.  The fact that we've since heard it a thousand times by a million other guitar players is a testament to its power.  That's why it's so revolutionary - it was a game changer, period.  And it doesn't get any easier to play with the passage of time.

To everyone else, it's impressive to see a kid put in the kind of work it takes to reach this level of skill.  We should be encouraging that, not disparaging it.  Kudos to her, I hope she keeps it up and learns some cool guitar faces to go along with it.


I'm not a Van Halen fan, but that was very well said.
 
2013-05-23 06:48:13 AM

danielscissorhands: I'm not a Van Halen fan, but that was very well said.


Thanks.  I know it's Fark and all, but sometimes I get tired of the pointless put-downs of someone else's significant accomplishment, presumably for no better reason than that the basement critic has no similar accomplishments of their own.

/Probably doesn't help that I have a 15-year-old daughter and can relate
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2013-05-23 07:33:10 AM

factoryconnection: Here's the same girl playing classical/flamenco style... when she was 9.


Well, shiat.

Now let's see her on the intro to "Blood on the Rooftops".
 
2013-05-23 09:34:46 AM
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2013-05-23 10:37:08 AM
She's a great guitar player and all, but damn, am I the only one that thinks that this does not even register as music ?
Does anybody actually finds this pleasant to listen too ? There's no melody, no rythm, nothing that could even remotely be considered as a song. So, although I can see that she's tremendous, I've really love to see her play something a bit more ear-pleasing.
 
2013-05-23 02:57:59 PM

karmachameleon: She's a terrific guitar player with great articulation and chops to spare.  She even manages to get down a lot of the feel of the piece, which is even harder than getting down the notes.

To the hipsters knocking her or the piece:  we get it.  You either don't play the guitar and therefore don't know what you're talking about, or do but can't come within 100 miles of approaching this level of skill and are pretending not to care.  And dorks, it's not a "song" and was never intended to be one.  It's a solo showcase, it's meant to be flashy and turn heads, and when it was released nobody had done anything remotely like it.  The fact that we've since heard it a thousand times by a million other guitar players is a testament to its power.  That's why it's so revolutionary - it was a game changer, period.  And it doesn't get any easier to play with the passage of time.

To everyone else, it's impressive to see a kid put in the kind of work it takes to reach this level of skill.  We should be encouraging that, not disparaging it.  Kudos to her, I hope she keeps it up and learns some cool guitar faces to go along with it.


I liked it more because there weren't any guitar faces.  It said "I'm not showboating.  I'm this good."  I particularly liked when something distracted her off camera and she looked away, yet didn't miss anything.  Here's to hoping she finds either her own song writing talent, or is lucky enough to team up with others that can feed her ability.
 
2013-05-23 05:26:27 PM

cabbyman: Impressive playing to be sure.

When she starts creating it herself then I'll be truly impressed and will listen just as intently.

Until then I'll listen to the original.

/GTFO my lawn


Faster is not always better. Mimicking is good, but I'll be impressed too if this kid creates something entirely new on her own. It's like the guitar version of karaoke (AI) with all those idiots doing nauseating "runs."
 
2013-05-23 08:09:42 PM

padraig: She's a great guitar player and all, but damn, am I the only one that thinks that this does not even register as music ?
Does anybody actually finds this pleasant to listen too ? There's no melody, no rythm, nothing that could even remotely be considered as a song. So, although I can see that she's tremendous, I've really love to see her play something a bit more ear-pleasing.


Dad? Is that you?

;-)
 
2013-05-23 10:35:22 PM

padraig: She's a great guitar player and all, but damn, am I the only one that thinks that this does not even register as music ?
Does anybody actually finds this pleasant to listen too ? There's no melody, no rythm, nothing that could even remotely be considered as a song. So, although I can see that she's tremendous, I've really love to see her play something a bit more ear-pleasing.


It's a showcase, a solo, and quite literally, an intro.  Just a little bit of pyrotechnics to get the show started - the auditory equivalent of flash pots and strobes, if you will.  BAM!  I wouldn't want to listen to an entire CD of it, but it's a tasty little aside, a savory appetizer.

It's not usually played by itself, but back-to-back with "You Really Got Me", like "We will Rock You/We Are The Champions" by Queen.  Here it is in it's usual environment, as the second and third song off their debut album.   As with most things, context is important.

They really SHOULD have made them first and second on their debut album, as I think it would've been a great way to announce themselves to an unsuspecting public.  They farked up side two as well (they used albums back in the day) by not opening it with "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love".  My favorite VH tune.
 
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