14-year-old plays Eddie Van Halen’s “Eruption” Posted on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 at 8:55 am. PT Written by Jim Dalrymple Wow. Much respect. http://twitter.com/niclake Nic Lake Well, now I feel like a shitty guitar player. MrPhotoEd Much respect indeed! I second that WOW! with all caps and exclamation point added. BC2009 Woah. She is awesome. Stacy_C Good grief, that was outstanding. I need to, uh, practice. TrowerFan Great technician… but technical ability is only 1% of story. I saw no emotion in her face at all, and feeling what you’re playing is the other (more important) 99%. Bah Emotion is worthless, which is why most guitar players don’t show any. Lukas Not everybody expresses emotion in the same way. So congratulations for being a psychic and figuring out what she’s feeling from looking at her YouTube video. You must be truly exceptional. http://geekfun.com/ Erik S. I’m with you, I’m not feeling it (and the look on her face has nothing to do with it one way or another), but then, I’m not sure I was feeling the original either. Getting the technique down takes focus. Once one has the technique down, there is more room for expression. Jack Handy Amen – I can’t agree enough with that last line. Showmanship is important, but without technique it’s worthless. Yehat Well, one can say the reverse is perfectly valid as well, even more so? We can have even more technical play – a robotic guitar player will do much much better technique, ins’t it? But the soul – we don’t know how to “implement” developIT It’s guitar, not interpretive dance. gerrycurry Many performance musicians internalize their emotions, then again, many truly lousy musicians are all about emotion… it helps hides their lack of ability. LegalEagle So, you closed your eyes and just listened. “No emotion” was clearly evident, right? Clearly she could never do well in an air-guitar contest, and if she couldn’t do well in an air-guitar contest, we should just dismiss her talents? You have to be kidding me VH Fan Whoa – nicely done! Ted Ellis To be blunt…Holy CRAP! she is good. http://www.bluemonkeysfrommarz.com/ BlueMonkeysFromMarz.com wow, i can only imagine how she plays when she’s not bored. frickin’ astounding. JDSoCal Having seen VH front row in 2008 at Staples, she might actually play it better than EVH after his decades of drinking. Only half kidding. JDSoCal How Eddie played it live in ’78: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L08uuAf7PBc Bill My 15yo son is in love. John Trowerfan has it right. Let’s see the emotion behind the musician. Stacy_C Maybe that’s what emotion looks like for her. Or maybe she was nervous about being recorded. Kid plays like a boss and somebody will bitch about what they think is missing. Asswipes.