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    The notes Beethoven wrote are here, but is this classical music?

    Oh, how I wish I could embed a video,
    especially since I'm starting a new thread without one.

    Here's a link to a young woman playing Beethoven with an electric guitar,
    set with what I'd say is medium distortion, no feedback.
    This piece has been described as Beethovens' attempt at creating a new music form,
    or writing the most complex piece he could imagine.
    I'm not that familiar with it, but I'm not hearing one note gone wrong.
    Electricity and electric guitars and amplifiers weren't available back then,
    but is using new instrumentation over-riding the classic aspect of this composition?
    Is the fact that one electric guitar can be louder than an entire symphony relevant?
    Is the fact that I'm thinking Mozart and Wagner would jump all over this relevant?
    And would Nicolo Paganini... uh... bow down to this technology?

    I play riffs where the notes are so spaced out I'm using my index finger and little finger, covering four frets,
    but I never got into tapping that much because I stand up and move and dance around.
    That's not a description of any limitation of mine, or an excuse,
    it's just how I like to be when I'm playing onstage with a band.
    Hey! If I started to sit down now everyone would be cool with it,
    thinking he's an old man and acting classical works as a new stage presence.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6rBK0BqL2w

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    I'd like to add that I've always read that on average a violin player,
    who is considered a virtuoso, reaches that level at sixty to sixty-five years.
    Can you consider this young woman a virtuoso?

    I grew up hearing that if you can play like Jimi Hendrix, you can play anything.
    If you can play this Beethoven piece, can you play everything?
    fretting fingers want to know...

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    Here's another example of "classical music", this time Bach, being played with modern instruments.
    Even with the clothing of the day, is this classical music, and what would Bach say?
    I'm pretty sure Mozart and Handel would get into it, even if the wigs aren't coloured.


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    Now that I know how to embed,
    and in case you don't want to leave this domain,
    here's the video I first mention in this thread.
    Now, if she could also be singing and get up and dance around I'd have some competition.

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