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16-Year-Old Guitarist Tina S. Plays Iron Maiden's "The Trooper"

Sixteen-year-old French guitarist Tina S. is back with a new video (her first of 2016), which she posted to YouTube today, February 5.

This time, Tina—who has covered everyone from Steve Vai to Eddie Van Halen to Gary Moore—tackles Iron Maiden's classic 1983 classic, "The Trooper."

Written by Iron Maiden bassist and founder Steve Harris, the song is based on the Charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava (1854), which took place during the Crimean War. It also was inspired by Lord Tennyson's poem of the same name. Thank you, Wikipedia!

"I've been listening to Iron Maiden since childhood, and my favorite is 'The Trooper'," Tina told "Also, lots of people ask me to play this one!"

As always, Tina 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 Jason Becker's "Altitudes," 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.

Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.