Tina S. is a 15-year-old French guitarist who’s been playing since she was six. She’s caught the attention of guitar craftsman Patrice Vigier, bassist Wolfgang Van Halen and literally millions of people around the world on her YouTube channel. Her cover of Van Halen’s “Eruption” has garnered over 11 million views to date.
“This problem [of sexism] is visible sometimes through the comments I have posted on YouTube,” Tina told MTV News, “where some people have highlighted that I am a girl and [question] my real skills and the strength in my hands. … But I do not really care.”
She’s young, talented and DGAF what sexist commenters have to say about her ability!
Tina credits her love of guitar to female guitarists Ana Vidovic and Orianthi, her older brother and her teacher, French guitarist/composer Renaud Louis-Servais. (“He was the one who genuinely gave me the tools to significantly improve my technique as well as my musical knowledge thanks to his sense of teaching, his motivation and his experience,” she says.)
To those [ladies] about to rock, Tina S. salutes you: “These old prejudices will eventually disappear if we keep persevering and never surrendering,” she says. “To be a woman is by no means a weakness nor a shame but a strength.”
Below, a comment from James Delaney as posted on Tina's You Tube Site. As I agree with everything he says, and I couldn't have put it as well myself, I hope he doesn't mind my adding the comments to this site.
This girl is beyond description. Her skill level, incredible dexterity, technique, discipline, devotion to her passion, maturity and things I can't even find words for are light years ahead of her physical years. I can't even imagine what she'll be capable of in 5-10 years. If she continues at this rate, there won't be another guitarist alive or otherwise that will compare to her. People constantly talk about wanting her to smile and looking bored have a point. This girl is gorgeous and a smile from her would be mesmerizing. Her lack of visible emotion and seriousness is proof to me that she is truly focused and serious about her art. Give the girl a chance, I don't know about you but when I was 16 years old my maturity level was almost non existent. I would wager that she is a perfectionist in everything she does including school work. Straight "A's" wouldn't surprise me. Her parents are right to not divulge her last name She needs to be a teenager and enjoy all the joys and heartbreak of growing up. I'm sure her parents know too well that their little girl is destined to be a world wide celebrity and want to enjoy her before the world takes her away. This girl is a prodigy and a genius, I can only hope I'm still alive to see her perform on stage. God bless her.
Maria Linneman - Tina in 2008