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14-year-old Tina shows off her ridiculously amazing rendition of the solo from Van Halen’s “Eruption.”

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Yeah but is she a Ron Paul fan???

Probably not.

There's a million guitar players who can do this.

"We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and overrun by bureaucrats. The founders would be ashamed of us for what we are putting up with."
-Ron Paul

How many guitar players does

How many guitar players does it take to screw in a light bulb?

Liberty = Responsibility

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The roadie winds up doing it while all the guitar players argue over who can do it better and kooler.

I would have guessed 100

1 to change the light bulb and 99 to say "I can do that".


Liberty = Responsibility

Here's another great clip of...

Some 60 year old, tone deaf Liberace fan impersonating David Lee Roth.



Thanks for posting! Anyone who has tried to play guitar can attest to how many hours one must devote to learning how to play something like this. Nice job. Eddie would be proud.

I honestly wasn't expecting much when I saw the thread title...

...but I am very impressed with this. Nice to see such a young lady take an interest in this type of music and work hard enough to become this good.

Yeah she's good but

bet she can't beat my kid on Call of Duty.

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For those on here in the past...

who had a hard time understanding what "going viral" means:

This youtube video went from 300k views two days ago to over 3,000,000 (that's Million) views today!

Creativity AND learning is alive and well in America. She is our future. I am proud of her hard work and her blisters...they just paid off!

its 'cos I owe ya, my young friend...
Rockin' the FREE world in Tennessee since 1957!
9/11 Truth.

So this is front page material on the DP.

Does about as much for P. AU. and L. as this does. At least this was original.



It is very difficult to navigate away from DP to find things like this on Gawker or Buzzfeed. Thank you for posting this wonderful young lady playing a song on her guitar. When I want to read inciteful articles on liberty, politics, and the advancement of the police state, you will find me at Cracked.com. Good job DPers.

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All work and no play...

makes "anothernobody" a very dull person.

its 'cos I owe ya, my young friend...
Rockin' the FREE world in Tennessee since 1957!
9/11 Truth.

Perhaps very little gold,

but I wouldn't say you can't find peace and love in rock and roll.

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was late and I was tired from working all day. (FP'd @ 2am) I thought a little break from the typical news and politics was in order. Sorry it didn't suit your tastes. Not everything will.

Thanks for posting

Don't worry about the cultist haters. They need to get a life.

We love it!

“I always knew that if you were going to have a revolution you needed two things. Young people and music.”
~ Ron Paul



“Let it not be said that no one cared, that no one objected once it’s realized that our liberties and wealth are in jeopardy.”
― Ron Paul


This musician is of legal age........

How many people on earth can

How many people on earth can do that?


.....a LOT of guitarists of various ages ranges can play some form of "Eruption". I say "some form" because 99% of all those guitarists (including this girl) play "Eruption" inaccurately, rather than note-for-note. I am a Rock guitarist myself with Eddie Van Halen being a huge influence, so I am able to play a LOT of Van Halen licks, including MY own version of "Eruption". I took it a step further; I taught myself how to play the two-handed-tapping part with my hands over the topic of the neck....only for the sake of providing a cool visual spectacle.

Aside from EVH himself, the only OTHER play who can play it note-for-note is super-guitarist Dweezil Zappa. But the Dweeze had one "slight" advantage; EVH himself taught Dweezil how to play it.

Given the fact that so many OTHER people CAN play some version of this piece, I am quite surprised that this particular girl is starting to become an internet sensation of sorts. There is tons of young guitar talent on Youtube, so....why HER? Just an open-ended question...because it is what it is. On the BRIGHT side, if her talent can inspire others, that would indeed be a PLUS...for music is the universal language.

Robby Lane

I don't think even EVH himself plays Eruption the same way

every time. What do you consider the accurate version, the studio track appearing on the album? Isn't that just one take, selected from probably dozens if not hundreds of other takes?

I got to see VH on their last two tours with DLR and this young lady's rendition of Eruption is much closer to the studio track I am most familiar with than either of Eddie's live performances of Eruption at the shows I attended. Just saying.

Two Takes!!!

Van Halen producer Ted Templeman walked past a the room where Van Halen (the band) was set up to record that debut VH album. Eddie was simply "warming up" when Ted walked past the room, heard Eddie, and insisted they reciord his "warm up" which later became "Eruption". Templeman's engineer Donn Landee played a HUGE role in helping Eddie achieve those now-legendary guitar tones.

You ask, what do I consider "accurate?" Let me say this; as a self-professed "EVH Junkie", I divulged myself into "everything Eddie Van Halen" for many years, in terms of his music. Also, I am blessed with "and ear" for music and can hear more details within a song that most people do not graps. This also comes from 30 years of being a professional music. Not bragging. I am simply telling the truth. That said, I am TOO familiar with all of the notes, bends, hammer-ons, pull-offs and two-handed tapping that make up this 1 minutes and 42 sconds-long masterpiece. In addition to the hot-rodded, variac-manipulated Marshall Plexi amp and distortion, Eddie employed a Univox echo chamber (tape echo) and an MXR 90 phase shifter.

The girl in the video up above, whose name is Tina, did an impressive job, but youtube is packed with HUNDREDS of kids her age, and YOUNGER, playing their own rendition of "Eruption", so I don't quite understand what makes Tina stand out as anyone "siginificant" when there are several others who are at LEAST her "equal". Don't get me wrong; I am not down on Tina....and I commend her for her success. But imho, there is nothing that makes her talent "far greater" than many of those OTHER superior talents in her age range on Youtube. Not much more to say, except....here is a cool EVH story to share with all of you.


Robby Lane


you didn't really answer my question. For other guitarists to play some form of Eruption "inaccurately, rather than note-for-note" you must have in mind a specific version which you consider to be "accurate". What version is your reference point when determining how accurate other versions are?

It sounds like you are saying that Eruption was not even written as a song intended for inclusion on their debut album, but the producer urged them to do it when he heard Eddie warming up. Well, this just supports what I was saying that there may not even be any "accurate" version because it was just a warm-up exercise which ended up being recorded and put on the album because it was cool. How do we even know the version on the album (the second take apparently according to what you are saying) is even the same as the first take (what the producer heard when walking by the room where Eddie was warming up).

Here is a video of Eddie performing Eruption at a show in Boston last year. It's not the show I attended, but it is a comparable performance to the show I saw. Would you say this is an accurate, note-for-note performance of Eruption?

interesting comments since

I don't play guitar, I had to listen EVH's version to hear what you meant. They definitely have different techniques. She seems to tickle the strings, more legato, compared to EVH's attack style. Much more staccatto/energetic...if that makes any sense Ha! Both interpretations work for me tho. Enjoyed the music.

When do we get to hear your version, robbylane? That'd be cool!


"If you want something you've never had before, you have to do something you've never done before." Debra Medina

Brought to mind

Here's something cool too...

this kid's name is Cesar and he plays all sorts of amazing covers from Satriani to Vai...has his own stuff too...check out his channel if you like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymD8LiC0NC4

Silence isn't always golden....sometimes it's yellow.

"The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them." - Patrick Henry

*Jaw Dropping*

I watch it 3X...
Julliard has probably already made contact.
Go Tina!