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I'm not much of a follower of the "guitar hero" thing, but I'll make an exception for this guy.

Pachelbel's Canon:


He's a college kid in Taiwan, and that's his own arrangment. More here, I believe his own compositions.

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I have it on good authority that its actually the Joe Satriani or Steve Vai arrangement. Still impressive though.

Posted by mandrill at Saturday, October 14, 2006 07:39 AM

mandrill,

If you have something concrete on that, put it here. I definitely hear a bit of Satriani in it, and I did see somewhere that he listed Satch as one of his influences.

It'd be a shame if this kid is not what he appears to be. I'm no afficianado of this stuff - it's just something I stumbled on from somewhere else, and I'm impressed.

Posted by kylben at Saturday, October 14, 2006 09:40 AM

you may be right, here's a link for the tablature for "Joe Satriani - Caonon in C". I don't know how to read this stuff, nor have the software to even look at it, so soembody else will have to interpret.

http://tinyurl.com/vzqqr

Other than this, I find a lot of hits for Satriani + canon, most are about Jerry, comparing him to Satriani. I also saw a passing reference to a Canon in D arrangement by Malmsteen.

Posted by kylben at Saturday, October 14, 2006 09:53 AM

I'm not a big fan of this sort of transmogrification -- the Canon is supposed to be a serene, contemplative piece, which this rendition is anything but -- but I have to admit, it's a gas to watch this young man play. He's obviously gifted, and having a great deal of fun.

Posted by Francis W. Porretto at Saturday, October 14, 2006 11:14 AM

Fran,

Yes, that in iteself is a pleasure to watch. But do I detect a bit of the "scold who demands that we all sit up straight, keep our collars buttoned, and listen to no music recorded since 1850" in the assertion of what the Canon is "supposed to be" ;-). I'm of the opinion that a good piece of music is good, in part, because it lends itself to many interpretations, and by that measure, the Canon is one of the best.

And, having grown up with this kind of music, I find this Canon both uplifting, and in an odd way, maybe because of the uplift, serene. It engages my intellect, and I find myself in a better, calmer, and more focused mood after hearing it.

Posted by kylben at Saturday, October 14, 2006 02:29 PM

As a technical exercise, this sort of thing has enormous value to a student. It's very difficult to describe how hard is everything about what goes into this. One aspires to a given level of technical competence, and the aspiration is fed with inspiration: a piece like this will move any given guitarist to devote untold hours to bagging it, note-for-note in proper trail. For a long time, that <i>physical</i> task has very little to do with what you hear in a presentation like this. For instance: if you had to live with him repeating certain passages over and over and over in order to integrate them in the whole while training one's body to do that, it probably wouldn't be long before you threatened to blow his room right off the house with explosives. Really: listening to someone put something like this together can be utterly maddening.

He's done a good job, but anyone who plays seriously (that is: with everything he's got, for whatever that's worth) can hear very small defects all over it, here & there. He is talented and skilled, and he's standing somewhere rather near the threshold of that Last Five Percent or so that separates real virtuosos from the rest of us. At his age, that's a big deal, but that last five percent could occupy the whole rest of his life with no guarantees that he will finally cross that very most difficult patch of ground.

That probably won't stop him, though -- at least for a while, yet -- which is a good thing.

Posted by Billy Beck at Sunday, October 15, 2006 07:56 AM

Billy,

I can hear a few mistakes in it too, or rather, spots that ring a little hollow that I assume are due to mistakes undetectable directly by me.

He's got on his site links to 70 or so videos by others covering this same arrangment, and the best of them get the notes more or less right. A guy named "funtwo" sounds cleaner than Jerry's own playing, but there's something in Jerry's performance that goes beyond the notes, something that funtwo's perhaps more technically accurate rendition lacks.

That's what impresses me about Jerry, he has the skill to play the notes, and also whetever else it is that it takes play the music. Even the short video on his site of him practicing is compelling.

Posted by kylben at Sunday, October 15, 2006 09:31 AM

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