British girl Ayla Gezmis is making a name for herself online. The 10 year-old guitar whizz has been nicknamed “Mini Hendrix” by her music teachers, despite only taking up the guitar two years ago when she was “bored.”
The Daily Telegraph reports that Ayla’s ambition is to become a lead guitarist and follow in the footsteps of her idols, Australian rockers AC/DC.
She said: “Not that many girls play the guitar, it’s kind of a boy instrument, so I hope I can join a band and show that girls can play too. At the minute the only person I play with is (her teacher) Dan, during lessons, but it is great fun when we just jam out.”
Guitar tutor, Dan Clark said: “When I first met Ayla she was a complete beginner, just about to turn eight-years-old but very quickly she was playing the tunes spot on, straight away. That year she passed her Grade One (exam) with distinction which was pretty good progress already. She's very talented, we call her Mini Hendrix.”
Ayla’s father, Met Gezmis, 46, said: "I love the sound of the guitar so suggested it as a good hobby for Ayla to do when she was bored at home one day.” Ayla's dad has bought her a brand new Gibson Les Paul - she hopes to start her own band later this year.
Could you play like this at 10?
By Michael Leonard
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