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.
The internet was abuzz last year when this clip of a 14-year old French guitarist playing a note perfect rendition of Eddie Van Halen’s tour de force “Eruption” went viral.
This San Antonio, Texas based guitarist was just 13 years old when this video was uploaded and now 7 seven years later he is leading the band Years Gone and we can only wonder how good he is nowadays.
Though now 12, this tiny Indonesian virtuoso has been impressing Youtube viewers for several years, covering some of the most difficult pieces in the shred metal cannon.
Unlocking The Truth
Straight outta Brooklyn, come this raging power trio made up of 7th graders who first became known when footage of their Times Square street performances went viral. Their star continues to rise with appearances at this year’s SXSW and Coachella festivals.
A student of the Newbury Rock School in the UK, Zoe’s been blowing minds since she was 8-years old and currently plays in The Mini Band when not doing the things that a 10-year old girl normally does.
Anonymous 10 Year Old Shredder, Akron OH
Guitar Center employees flipped out when this wee lad plugged in a Flying V and started delivering brutal drop-D death metal riffs in the key of evil. Looks innocent enough but as we see looks can be deceiving.
The Portland School Of Rock
We’ve mostly been singling out solo shredders but one can’t overlook the many schools of rock out there. This PDX outfit pays homage to hometown Kings of Punk Poison Idea with a blistering version of the hardcore anthem “Plastic Bomb.”
Students of Aaron O’Keefe
This Cincinnati, OH based music teacher has taught his kids the fundamentals of metal and then some as displayed on this awesome Iron Maiden cover and has even released an album of their recordings.