In my previous post, I talked about how hyped I was for the latest Mad Max movie because of its guitar guy. In fact, I was too excited that I forgot to mention the character’s name — he is called the Doof Warrior, but his name is Coma. I also left out his back story — he is a music prodigy who was actually raised in a happy environment by her musician mother. That gave me the idea to feature guitar prodigies for this post.
Make Room Tove Lo, Here Comes Toby Lee
I’m still sad about the death of B.B. King, one the greatest guitarists of all time. But if there’s anything good that I got out of his final days, it’s that I stumbled upon 10 year old Toby Lee.
Toby Lee recorded the “get well” video above for his hero, B.B. King, when the latter was ill with dehydration due to type 2 diabetes. The video has now been viewed by millions of people around the world. The song is The Thrill is Gone, which B.B. King covered for his album Completely Well back in 1969.
Toby Lee lives in Bloxham and is a student at Crackley Hall School in Kenilworth. He is also having lessons at the Witchwood School of Rock in Oxfordshire. He began shredding the guitar when he was six, two years after receiving a ukelele as a gift.
Japan is More Than Just Godzilla
Touted as among the Japanese that will change the world, 15-year-old Yuto Miyazawa is a heck of a rock guitarist. Now, I know that heavy metal is still big with them Japs, so Yuto might not sound that unusual. Also, being good with the guitar at 15 doesn’t have the same novelty appeal as being so at a younger age. But what’s amazing with Yuto is how much he have already accomplished as a guitarist — one of which is playing on Ellen when he was 10.
When he was 8, he was also named as the “youngest professional guitar player” in the Guinness World Records. He has even played with the likes of Ozzy Osbourne and Les Paul — no less than the legends themselves. Furthermore, his YouTube videos have already garnered above 70 million views, and he still continues to draw attention from around the world.