Christian Long

Kaki King: Rocks Out to “Playing with Pink Noise”

In TED Talks on April 18, 2010 at 11:02 am

Reflection by ABBIE P.

Original TED page w/ speaker bio, links, comments, etc:

Kaki King:  Rocks Out to “Playing with Pnk Noise”

After watching the video and reading some of the comments posted below it (on the TED site), I’m not sure what to think.

I found her performance not only interesting but very impressive, whereas a lot of the comments seemed to disagree. After skimming through them, I noticed a trend in the complaints, ‘sloppy, lack of technical skill, non-melodic, etc’.

I don’t know all that much about guitar, or acoustic tapping for that matter, so I looked up some videos:

The other guitarists may have been more melodic, or more technical, but that doesn’t mean that Kaki isn’t an amazing guitarist.

What I’m wondering is, how is one to compare talent when the music being played is so diverse?

It’s like trying to say that Amy Lee is a better vocalist than Whitney Houston. The styles are completely different. Who’s to say that one genre involves more talent than the other?

It’s all based off of personal preference.

The fact that she was the first female to be named ‘Guitar God’ by Rolling Stone magazine proves that she has a lot of skill, because not just anyone is going to get that title. Maybe she isn’t the best tap guitarist out there, but there is no denying that she has skill. I see a lot of passion when she plays, and to me, music isn’t only about being good. It’s about sending a message that you’re passionate about. I believe that Kaki King deserved her title, whether others think so or not. She took a style of playing the guitar and mixed it up a little bit.

Kaki King is original, which puts her on a whole new level of ‘talented.’


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