Videos & Student Recitals
My Student Recitals began in 2005. They have always been a great source of pride in the Kwikstep program. While performance is a great way for students to showcase their talent it also builds the confidence. In conclusion live performance always brings an added level of excitement. Right from the beginning I wanted to produce unique performances using the songs and styles largely chosen by the students.
Beginning with the first recital the emphasis was playing the riffs exactly as they appear in the original song. In some songs the hard work really paid off. Because Guitar Hero was a popular video game at that time a number of the songs reflected that style. Some songs include Green Day’s “When September Ends” and the Guns and Roses song “Sweet Child O’ Mine”. For many years the recital took place at the Lafayette Grill in Tribeca NYC.
Other styles performed include Jazz, Classical , R&B, Pop and Reggae music. Over 50 of these videos appear on You Tube @ Steve’s Student Recital Videos on You Tube.
Jazz tunes include the John Coltrane’s “Impressions”. Charlie Parker’s “Ornithology” was another great jazz tune. A great rendition played by the Clauss brothers on guitar and bass. Still another Jazz video “My Funny Valentine” is performed by an excellent father/son combination. The father made a guest vocal appearance with fantastic results. Furthermore an interesting Classical guitar composition included was Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata”.
Great R&B videos include The Temptation’s Classics “Just My Imagination” and “My Girl”. The first song on the featured videos is the Michael Jackson song “Human Nature” with an excellent keyboard performance. On the Pop side Taylor Swift’s “You Belong To Me” performed by a dynamic father/daughter team. In addition the Reggae style was showcased. Lastly some Reggae songs include the Bob Marley classics “Redemption Song” and “Turn Your Light Down Low”.