14-Year-Old Covers Van Halen in YouTube Guitar Solo That Rocks (Video)

Friday, 24 May 2013 07:53 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Almost 3 million people have watched a 14-year-old named Tina S. tear it up with a cover of an Eddie Van Halen guitar solo, turning the teen phenom into the Internet's newest viral star.

In a YouTube video uploaded this week, Tina expertly takes on Van Halen's solo from the 1978 song "Eruption," rated second on Guitar World's list of 50 best.

"Wow she makes it look easy," one YouTuber commented.

"Check out her other videos and it's clear that she has a natural affinity for the instrument with technical ability far beyond her years," someone else said. "I've been teaching for 12 years and never had a student with this kind of ability."

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"There goes my music career and I've only been playing for 35 years!!" another posted. "Well done girl!!"

The song "Eruption" wasn't even scheduled to be on the original album, Van Halen told Guitar World in 2009.

"The story behind 'Eruption' is strange," he said. "It wasn’t even supposed to be on 'Van Halen.' While we were recording the album, I showed up at the studio early one day and started to warm up because I had a gig on the weekend and I wanted to practice my solo-guitar spot. Our producer, Ted Templeman, happened to walk by and he asked, 'What's that? Let's put it on tape!'"

Trained by Renaud Louis-Servais, Tina has covered everything from AC/DC to the Eagles to Michael Jackson.

Here's Tina's version of the "Eruption" solo:

Here is Van Halen's original:

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