Ah, the musical child prodigy. In times of old they toiled away, honing their chops in obscurity or being paraded around like Mozart by his Father, showing off their skills to entertain the royal houses of Europe. Nowadays Mom and Dad bust out the smart phone and upload videos to Youtune for the amusement of the masses in the hopes of going viral.And what better vehicle of your abilities than the shred-tastic, million notes an hour of high octane heavy metal lead guitar playing? Whether they discovered the music on their own or were force fed it by their parents, today’s kids have instant access to instructional videos and guitar tablatures via the intenet and are making good use of it. Many a grown up guitar player has been humbled by these pre-teen virtuosos and with good reason. We’ve put together some of the most noted Youtube baby shredders for your viewing pleasure and if anything these videos display that
This 8-year old Japanese shredder is the latest Youtube sensation with over 2,000,000 views and her version of Racer X‘s “Scarified” so impressed the band’s guitarist, noted guitar God Paul Gilbert, he invited her to join his online guitar school though we’re nmot sure she needs it.
This now-14 year old first came to fame appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and even performed with his idol Ozzy Osbourne live when he was 9 as seen here.