Lucciano Pizzichini – This Kid Can Play Guitar!

Every once in a while you hear about a kid who can play guitar remarkably well…for his age. They show up on TV and play a few simple, sloppy blues licks while all the ignorant adults stand around wowing their incredible talent.

To tell you the truth it really gets on my nerves. I mean any somewhat motivated kid, with the proper instruction, can do what most of these kids do. The difference between most of these “child prodigies” and any other reasonably talented kid (with the right instruction) is overzealous parents.

I’m not trying to say anything negative about the kids. On the contrary, I think it’s great that the kids are working hard to master the guitar. My beef is with the adults.

A few years ago I had a 9 year old student that learned some Satriani licks from tab with his previous teacher. He played them sloppy and with no feeling, but he was hitting all the right notes. He had no idea what the notes were, and absolutely no sense of phrasing, but hell, the kid was 9.

The kids father thought that this kid was going to be the next Eddie Van Halen. And though he himself knew absolutely nothing about music or what it takes to play the guitar, he insisted on telling me what I should be teaching the kid. He sat in on the lessons and kept interrupting. He never let me do my job.

Needless to say, this was unacceptable and I we agreed that maybe he should find another teacher. It was a shame because I could have really helped that kid.

I did see them again about a year ago. The kid is a teenager now and still playing entirely off tabs. It’s a shame really.

I’m telling you all of this to give you a peek into my psyche. These are the things that go through my head when someone tells me about some kid on the internet or on TV who can really play guitar. All of this is what went through my head when a family member shot me an email about Lucciano Pizzichini.

Now, take a look at this:

This time I gotta admit it…this kid can play guitar!

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3 Responses to “Lucciano Pizzichini – This Kid Can Play Guitar!”

Courtney June 24th, 2010 at 12:14 pm

I LOVE THIS KID!!!!!!!

David October 13th, 2010 at 5:47 pm

LUCCHY HAS INSPIRED ME TO EXPLORE MY TALENTS IN MUSIC. HE WILL BE A GREAT STAR ONE DAY AND COUNT MYSELF A LUCKY WITNESS TO THE BIRTH OF HIS FAME!!!!

Mark November 17th, 2011 at 11:45 pm

He not only has total physical command of the instrument, the mental processes (passion and fire) are spot on. To say that he plays the guitar is an understatement, more like he “groks”* it.

* From dictionary,com

/grok/, /grohk/ (From the novel “Stranger in a Strange Land”, by Robert A. Heinlein, where it is a Martian word meaning literally “to drink” and metaphorically “to be one with”)
1. To understand, usually in a global sense. Connotes intimate and exhaustive knowledge.
Contrast zen, which is similar supernal understanding experienced as a single brief flash.

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