Beethoven Shreds (The Great Kat)
The Great Kat, who is the world's fastest guitarist and plays the ultimate shred guitar, is a musical genius! On her CD "Beethoven Shreds," she shares her perspective on classical music in shred guitar style, doing Beethoven's 5th Symphony at lightning speed, in 1 minute and 14 seconds. All of the songs on this CD are played at a speed that only the most accomplished musicians could even hope to keep up with. The longest song on the album, Bach's Brandenburg Concerto #3 is only 1 minute and 40 seconds. But what The Great Kat does in just a few moments is breathtaking. On my seventh (yes, seventh) listen, I really began to hear exactly what she was doing. She is showing off and rightfully so. The speed at which she is able to play, while remaining in control of the music, is both amazing and perplexing. Other tracks on the album are "Flight Of The Bumble Bee," "Torture Techniques," "IslamoFascists," and "Paganini's Caprice #24."
The Great Kat's roots begin at Juilliard where she honed her talent and left to become a renegade. She has a very interesting use of the harpsichord in "Bach's Brandenburg Concerto #3," and her violin playing is excellent as well. When you speak of "doing things my way," think of The Great Kat because that's exactly what she is doing by taking her gift as a classical violinist and transforming it into metal shredding of her violin and guitar in an astoundingly brilliant way. Her approach is interesting to say the least, and music lovers of classical, rock, and metal will definitely get a kick out of "Beethoven Shreds." I highly recommend this CD.
Posted by Michele Wilson-Morris
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