16-Year-Old Guitarist Tina S. Shreds Jason Becker's "Altitudes"

French guitarist Tina S.—who has become a favorite of GuitarWorld.com readers around the world—is back with a new video (her third of 2015), which she posted to YouTube this past Friday, September 4.

This time, Tina—who has covered everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Eddie Van Halen to DragonForce—tackles Jason Becker's "Altitudes." The song, which was written by Becker, is the opening track from Becker's iconic 1988 album, Perpetual Burn.

After seeing the clip, Becker replied: "Wonderful playing, Tina! Thank you so much! I am honored!"

As always, Tina, who turned 16 earlier this year, is playing her Vigier Excalibur Custom guitar. She was taught and filmed by her guitar instructor, Renaud Louis-Servais. Be sure to check out Tina's effortless covers of Van Halen's "Eruption," Vai's version of Paganini's 5th Caprice, Dream Theater's "The Best of Times" and her shred tribute to Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi.

You also might want to check out her take on Yngwie Malmsteen's "Arpeggios from Hell," which she performed and posted in 2014.

For more about Tina, check out the links above (and under RELATED CONTENT), and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas (opens in new tab), was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron (opens in new tab), a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (opens in new tab). He now plays in two NYC-area bands.