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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 14
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2013-05-22 11:24:55 AM  
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Grapple: I like how when Eddie did all this crazy stuff, it was 'revolutionary' and now... Meh 14 yr old can do it.  She needs to learn to improvise... mix it up a bit... halfway through, switch over to Hendrix's Star Spangled Banner, then windmill it a bit and light the damn guitar on fire.


You'd think so at first, but then you would realize that kids like this are doing things like this in order to demonstrate that they got chops. If they were to improve something, some other person would come on and say "Yeah, but can she do Van Halen/Clapton/Hendrix/Segovia worth a shiat?! I think not!"

It's sort of like the guy who accused Picasso of painting Cubist and Abstract because he couldn't really draw real stuff. So Picasso took a napkin and did a photo-realist sketch of a cow and handed it to the guy. (Cool story, bro!)

/Haters gonna hate.
//Usually because they can't do jack shiat themselves.
2013-05-22 11:21:57 AM  
2 votes:

Grapple: I like how when Eddie did all this crazy stuff, it was 'revolutionary' and now... Meh 14 yr old can do it.  She needs to learn to improvise... mix it up a bit... halfway through, switch over to Hendrix's Star Spangled Banner, then windmill it a bit and light the damn guitar on fire.


14 year olds aren't writing stuff like this, just duplicating it.  Child prodigies have been around forever in music.  Hell, Mozart could have rocked this on harpsichord when he was 10, probably, but it is his creations not his playing that we know him for.

However, there's a word for musicians that can reliably recreate pieces written by others: employable.  All the band members you see at concerts with solo artists and with bands that are nominally only 3 or so people?  Folks like this girl.  They get their assignment and play it expertly, night after night, never needing to go "all widdly-widdly" to quote Daniel Johns.  Hell, everyone you see in a symphony orchestra pit is in that category.
2013-05-22 09:21:18 AM  
2 votes:
True.

Also, and perhaps even more impressive is how teenaged girls can look bored doing ANYTHING.
2013-05-23 09:34:46 AM  
1 votes:
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2013-05-23 06:48:13 AM  
1 votes:

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
//Yes, yes, welcometofark.jpg
2013-05-23 06:20:48 AM  
1 votes:

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 04:52:31 AM  
1 votes:
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.
2013-05-22 03:47:35 PM  
1 votes:
Nice clean articulation. I look forward to hearing what she does with her chops once she starts playing her own ideas.
2013-05-22 03:12:01 PM  
1 votes:
Here's the same girl playing classical/flamenco style... when she was 9.  FML.
2013-05-22 01:08:51 PM  
1 votes:
Any guitar player now worth a crap can play Eruption.

Been that way for years. You start with Smoke on the Water, move on to Angus Young riffs, then Zep riffs, then the EVH stuff. There is practically nothing 1985-now besides Metallica that has the same influence.

If you could have played Eruption in 1978, that would have been impressive.
2013-05-22 12:44:46 PM  
1 votes:
Who wouldn't be bored playing 40 year old song?

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2013-05-22 10:47:37 AM  
1 votes:

HST's Dead Carcass: She speeds up right before the fast part and plays it uber fast. Not really a complaint, so much, as it's common for young kids to want to play as fast as they can. A guy I went to high school with rocked out Beethoven's 5th on his guitar at graduation, and he had the same problem. The timing was great until the piece started to pick up, then he was off to the races.


Maybe they were born drummers.
2013-05-22 10:45:32 AM  
1 votes:
She speeds up right before the fast part and plays it uber fast. Not really a complaint, so much, as it's common for young kids to want to play as fast as they can. A guy I went to high school with rocked out Beethoven's 5th on his guitar at graduation, and he had the same problem. The timing was great until the piece started to pick up, then he was off to the races.

She is seriously talented and has a bright future ahead of her for cutting heads with a bunch of bar room hacks that think they can play. Now, if she can just keep the same tempo through out the whole song...

/No, I can't play it
//Yes I am jealous
2013-05-22 10:41:47 AM  
1 votes:
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
 
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