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Neal Nagaoka, a guitarist and composer from California, has 28 years of studying and performing experience along with 25 years of teaching guitar students. His most recent CD "Transition" features ten hard rock and metal instrumentals.


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  Welcome to the December edition of Neal's Young Guns. This issue, I thought I would add a few from the past and a few from the present. It is definitely getting tougher to find Young Guns. Let's begin!

The Official Site: shredguitarist.org

Submit your videos here: youtube.com/NealsYoungGuns

1. Bireli Lagrene: This is him when he was 13 year old playing at the Montreal Jazz Festival. The guy is an absolute monster!! even when he was very young.

2. Irina Kulikova: This is her when she was 13, playing "El Colibri". Unreal!

3. Marina: This is 7 year-old Marina performing a Fernando Sor piece. Pretty impressive for a 7 year-old.

4. Shawn Roberts: According to his profile he is 13 and the video was uploaded 2 years ago so that makes him 11? Anyways his performance of Jose Ferrer's "Vals Espanol" is very nicely done.

5. Lim Chi Ye: I think she is 5. Is this for real? She's playing what I believe is a Korean lute or mandolin/banjo-like instrument called Oungum or Bipa. Anyways, she shreds pretty hard on it.

6. James Bell: 13 year-old winner for Guitarist Magazine's 2011 contest.

7. Jack Gardiner:15 year-old Jack. Very impressive!

8. Alejandra Mesliuk: I'm not sure how old she is, but she does a really nice 8 finger tapping piece.

9. Yuto Miyazawa: 9 year-old Yuto performing Ozzy's "Crazy Train" on Ellen Degeneres.

10. Quinn Sullivan: 9 year-old Quinn playing Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Texas Flood"

Hope you enjoy these. Until next month!

The Official Site: shredguitarist.org

Submit your videos here: youtube.com/NealsYoungGuns

Here are the rules:
  1. Must be 17 or under for the student. Teachers can be any age of course.
  2. Must be of good quality video.
  3. Must be performed live. (No Overdubs!)
  4. Must be an original solo. (Can be a jazz or classical piece that's within the public domain, but it has to be a unique interpretation) I don't want to hear "Stairway To Heaven" or Metallica solos! (I will accept original backing tracks, soloed over of course).
  5. Only one submission for each student from the parents or teachers a month! If I get bulk, you are disqualified.
  6. Each video submission must have some information in it like name, name and background of the student, who the teacher is and please tell me why this video is so impressive, or what's the point? Right?
  7. No duplicate winners once they have won (but teachers can always submit new students.)
  8. Please no reversed videos! If you play right-handed, I don't want to see someone playing left-handed!
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