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Watch 9-year-old guitarist shred Guns N’ Roses classic on US TV

Taj Farrant (Image credit: Lester Cohen - Getty)

A nine-year-old guitarist appeared on The Ellen Degeneres Show this week and surprised everyone with a blistering performance of Guns N’ Roses classic Sweet Child O’ Mine.

Taj Farrant from Australia showed no nerves as he shredded through the Slash guitar solo on national TV – and then admitted to the host that he’d only been playing guitar for two and a half years.

He said: “My dad took me to an AC/DC concert two and a half years ago, and I was on my pop’s shoulders and I said, ‘I want to do that for the rest of my life.’”

Taj says he took guitar lessons for two years and that his dad now teaches him – and he can now hear a song and start playing it almost immediately.

He adds: “Every note really makes a different emotion for my face and sometimes I start crying because the music starts taking over me.”

Taj has his own YouTube channel (opens in new tab) which shows him playing solos from artists including Pink Floyd, Bon Jovi, AC/DC, Queen and Prince.

A bright future awaits.

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