Music for the electric guitar (with distortion) is, to be sure, an acquired taste, but for those of who have acquired it, this link offers a treat–a now-viral video of a teenaged guitarist alternate-picking her way through Vivaldi‘s “Summer.”
Like most of the posters on the WQXR blog that I link to above, I think Tina S. does a great job. Classical purists might quibble with the fact that she plays with her left thumb around the neck of the guitar (technically regarded as a mistake in classical guitar playing), but I think the “mistake” is more than made up for by her fretting and picking techniques–and by the way she sounds! (Most modern electric guitarists hook their thumbs around the neck, and it would be absurd to suggest that, say, Albert King didn’t play the guitar “properly” by classical standards because he put his thumb in the wrong place.)
One rather silly poster insists, on unspecified “theoretical” grounds, that Tina S. can’t “theoretically” play the guitar. Hmm. Well, I have at least a passing interest in both music theory and guitar playing, and I’m not really sure what that’s supposed to mean. One interpretive possibility that comes to mind: Tina S’s Platonic Form doppleganger can’t play Vivaldi on the electric guitar (without distortion) in a realm outside of space, time, and causality. That may well be true. In response, however, I’m reminded of a passage in Aristotle: “The facts, however, conflict with these claims, and that is not surprising” (Nicomachean Ethics, IX.8, 1168b1-2).