Imagine it’s your birthday and your daughter made a video for you. Now imagine your daughter is an accomplished acoustic guitar master, who tours the world as a solo artist, chamber musician, and member of a touring quartet. I’m sure the video you’d get for your birthday would be nothing short of astounding, and you can experience it right now, even if it isn’t your birthday.
Stephanie Jones grew up in Australia, with music in her life. She played multiple instruments growing up, but the acoustic guitar was the joy that captivated her. She moved to Germany to study at the prestigious University of Music Franz Liszt with Prof. Thomas Müller-Peringunder.
“Stephanie is passionate about sharing her music with others and is recognised as an innovative and deeply musical artist.” –StephanieJonesGuitar.com
Jones is deep in her graduate studies at the Franz Litz music school in Weimer, Germany. Founded in 1872, by Franz Litz a famous Romantic era, Hungarian composer.
Jones studies Konzertexamen, which is the highest degree offered for post-graduate music colleges.
Stephanie is a much in demand touring performer. She has recorded several solo albums and her current release is called “Open Sky” and is available on her website. She also has started a Patreon page, so she can produce musical content on a platform for her fans to support her work as an artist.
She has won numerous awards including first prize at the Uppsala International Guitar Festival Competition, Hannabach Guitar competition, and Fine Music Network Young “Virtuoso of the Year” Competition.
Jones plays a spruce top guitar by luthier Paul Sheridan. Sheridan makes guitars out of his workshop in Perth, Australia.
Stephanie Jones picked “The Sound of Silence” for her mother’s birthday. Her guitar brings the melody of the song to full tenor, and she uses the guitar to mimic the vocals. She achieves this stunning sound using an arrangement by Lawson and Trueman. Jones’ training really shows as her mastery of the guitar is fully present. It’s as if the song was made just for her to perform.
Stephanie Jones takes on a historic song as she records this video. The “Sound of Silence” is considered quintessential to the folk rock scene of the 1960s. Broadcast Music Incorporated named it the 18th most-performed song of the 20th century. Rolling Stone ranked the song No. 157 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
Simon & Garfunkel
The song was a huge breakthrough hit for the folk duo Simon & Garfunkel. Though the song was not an instant hit and the group actually disbanded after their first album didn’t make a splash. It was a slow burn that became a monumental hit when the song was remixed and gained traction on radio stations across the USA. Simon & Garfunkel quickly reunited to become a huge slice of the folk movement’s pie.
YouTubers are wild about this acoustic cover.
“I’m glad human beings can do things like this.”
“Sometimes the world should just stop talking and listen.”
“When I listened to it, I got goosebumps all over me.”
Whether you have a soon to be legendary acoustic guitar god for a daughter, or if it’s your birthday or not, you will enjoy this song.
Click the video below, sit back and see this virtuoso command her guitar to bring out the fullest flavor of an American folk rock classic. Pure bliss awaits.
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