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April 15, 2008 11:55 PM   Subscribe

OK, so here's Living On A Prayer played by an 11-year-old Korean kid. He has more.
posted by jimmythefish (44 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite

 
Oh, and check out his Come Together.
posted by jimmythefish at 12:03 AM on April 16, 2008


Props to him, but "Living On A Prayer" is part of the mental soundtrack of my late-teen life, and it's nothing without the vocals. I really like his rendition of "California Dreamin" though.
posted by amyms at 12:05 AM on April 16, 2008


Holy crap. S'like Andy McKee. But 11 years old. I weep for the talent. And my lack thereof.

But cool links, thanks :)
posted by Phire at 12:06 AM on April 16, 2008


Hmm, does anyone know if there are tabs available of these Michael Chapdeleine arrangements? They sound like they could be a lot of fun to plan, but initial googling on Sungha indicates that he .... plays by ear. (Cry.)

So... anyone?
posted by Phire at 12:12 AM on April 16, 2008


I'm not sure. I'll do some searching tomorrow (must go to bed). I'm going to attempt to play a few of these by following Sungha.
posted by jimmythefish at 12:16 AM on April 16, 2008


The beginning to come together is awesome, what with the tapping and all.
posted by ORthey at 12:22 AM on April 16, 2008


Somewhere (but I'm at work, and YT is blocked so I can't find it) there's a Japanese kid playing "Carry On my Wayward Son" on a console organ.
posted by No Mutant Enemy at 12:27 AM on April 16, 2008 [1 favorite]


Great. I'm taking lessons from an 11-year-old. Now I'm depressed.

That kid really is extraordinary, more so than most "child-prodigy" posts.
posted by wsg at 12:36 AM on April 16, 2008


Hmm, does anyone know if there are tabs available of these Michael Chapdeleine arrangements?

On Chapdelaine's site there are only tabs for his own compositions (probably copyright issues), but here's a guy that made (simplified) tabs of the solo guitar arrangements.
posted by swordfishtrombones at 12:37 AM on April 16, 2008


ok, that's grammatically flawed. So sioux me.
posted by wsg at 12:39 AM on April 16, 2008


I hate that song, but I loved listening to that. That kid's talent is, like, building bridges and stuff.

On a related but less virtuousic note, here's some Brazilian kids absolutely destroying on a cover of Sepultura's Refuse/Resist. And they do a rousing version of Iron Maiden's Hallowed Be Thy Name, too.
posted by ignignokt at 1:10 AM on April 16, 2008


Whoops, those kids I linked are Argentinian, actually.

I like how Sungha grooves as he plays. That makes me feel like he's actually into it, and it's not some kind of "parents forced me to be a virtuoso" situation.
posted by ignignokt at 1:15 AM on April 16, 2008


I definitely was supposed to have gone to bed an hour and a half ago. Damn you, jimmythefish.

Side note: He's absolutely adorable. Like a kitten. And I usually don't like kids. Only kittens.
posted by Phire at 1:52 AM on April 16, 2008


And I say - Woah.
posted by cavalier at 4:08 AM on April 16, 2008


He's going to be so laid.
posted by zouhair at 4:16 AM on April 16, 2008


His "Africa" is pretty great, particularly the beginning.

Of course, I've been on a minor Toto kick of late.

What?
posted by grabbingsand at 4:31 AM on April 16, 2008


ignignokt - those kids are fantastic!
posted by jack_mo at 4:36 AM on April 16, 2008


Yeah, but can he play Guitar Hero? Oh wait .... I'm not any good at that either
posted by ElvisJesus at 4:39 AM on April 16, 2008


Thanks - good stuff. And I agree with the comments saying he seems looser and less stuck in the rigid memorization that a lot of young virtuosos seem to play with; nice to see for a change.

And apparently he's already TV famous (in Korean - they could be saying he sucks for all i know).
posted by p3t3 at 4:41 AM on April 16, 2008


Hats off to the playing, but I'm actually more impressed by the arrangement.
posted by Wolfdog at 5:13 AM on April 16, 2008


No Mutant Enemy: Somewhere (but I'm at work, and YT is blocked so I can't find it) there's a Japanese kid playing "Carry On my Wayward Son" on a console organ.

You are referring to this 10-year old girl on a Yamaha Electone organ.
posted by gen at 7:24 AM on April 16, 2008 [2 favorites]


The arrangement is good, and his playing is really excellent, too. But no Obligatory Key Change in the last chorus? WTF?
posted by littlerobothead at 7:55 AM on April 16, 2008


Wolfdog: Hats off to the playing, but I'm actually more impressed by the arrangement.

That's what I popped in here to say, if he does these arrangements by ear - that's way above a normal prodigies talent (normal prodigy? - what's that)
posted by bigmusic at 8:43 AM on April 16, 2008


He's going to be so laid.

My first thought. After of course "he's found the groove."

Power up, Sungha.
posted by humannaire at 8:58 AM on April 16, 2008


Hats off to the playing, but I'm actually more impressed by the arrangement.

I think the original arrangement is by Torni Paldanius. Hope I got the right link...
posted by bitteroldman at 9:05 AM on April 16, 2008


He needs to tease his hair way up and get a bandana.
posted by BobFrapples at 9:12 AM on April 16, 2008


This kid is amazing.

I laugh at the comments such as this one under "California Dreaming":

Shure he can play! But can he write music? can he compose? i think not.. This kid is amazing now.. but in ten years, he'll be nothing (if not a cover artist)


Don't be a hater because you suck, mean commenter.
posted by LoriFLA at 9:14 AM on April 16, 2008 [1 favorite]


Oh man ignignokt, I was just coming here to post that exact same video. Those kids are so rad.
posted by saladin at 9:46 AM on April 16, 2008


Oh... We're naked, I swear
Oh-oh! Living on the stairs!
posted by ...possums at 10:21 AM on April 16, 2008


It was Tommy working on the dock, wasn't it? I wrote a play about Tommy and Gina in grade 6.

Don't be a hater because you suck, mean commenter.

It's kinda true, though, in that cover artists don't become stars in the broader musical world (niche bands specialising in one band are the exception, of course). But there's nothing to say this kid can't compose, he may well be brilliant, and he obviously has a good understanding of music and musical structure, and he may not have any intention of becoming a star and is perfectly happy playing what he's playing, in which case good on him, and yes mean commenter likely just sucks.

Those Argentinian kids rock.
posted by goo at 10:34 AM on April 16, 2008


i think the africa by Andy Mckee (which is given credit) is much more enjoyable to listen to, but there were plenty of the kid's stuff that i enjoyed hearing, like fields of gold.
posted by jmackin at 10:35 AM on April 16, 2008


He has composed though. If you read the sidebar you'll see that two of the songs are his own composition, so it's not as if he's just riding on the coattails of other. Two songs at 11? I'd say that's a good start.
posted by Phire at 10:41 AM on April 16, 2008


Missing You and Voyages with Ulli. Obviously nowhere near as complex, but pretty damn good for an 11-year old.
posted by Phire at 10:45 AM on April 16, 2008


that's a right fine attempt at "black bird" by the beatles, too. NOT an easy guitar song.

nice find.
posted by CitizenD at 10:47 AM on April 16, 2008


where I live, in one of the biggest music scenes in the world, salvador bahia brasil, rarely are great singers/guitar players/etc... also great composers. The same with composers.
posted by LouieLoco at 10:51 AM on April 16, 2008


Tommy! Argh. I did not recall correctly.
posted by jimmythefish at 12:14 PM on April 16, 2008


Amazing.
Although what is that noise at the 2:15 mark? Sounds like a hand clap.
posted by Rashomon at 12:59 PM on April 16, 2008


ignignokt: Yeah, I've wasted plenty of time watching those "Gauchos" videos. It seems to be different kids in different clips. Here's a pretty great version of Maiden's "The Trooper" with someone's little sister singing.
posted by DecemberBoy at 1:06 PM on April 16, 2008


My gast is completely flabbered. Wow.
posted by rtha at 2:43 PM on April 16, 2008


**removed jaw from floor**

His MySpace page
posted by spock at 3:08 PM on April 16, 2008


DecemberBoy,
That little girl doing her best Bruce is beyond adorable.
posted by Sangermaine at 8:46 PM on April 16, 2008


Johnny and Gina's story isn't as captivating in the acoustic version.
posted by clearly at 4:15 AM on April 17, 2008


Pffft. I can do that.

Sitting down, I mean. The whole guitar bit is waaaay beyond me.
posted by tomble at 5:29 AM on April 17, 2008


She unleashed some proud metal fury!
posted by ignignokt at 9:34 AM on April 17, 2008


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