Usually when a news outlet says “the Internet is going crazy over ___” it’s hyperbole to get you riled up about something. But I can’t understate the importance of this awesome 13-year-old kid Yang Tae-Hwan ripping a rock guitar version of Vivaldi’s “Winter” at the Winter Olympics (get it?) closing ceremony this year. Such a widely publicized event with this many people watching is sure to birth a generation of young guitar players in the same way that the Beatles on Ed Sullivan did, or the popularity of Guitar Hero. It is so, so crucial to the survival of the guitar as an instrument that it is seen being played well in a big way like this – doomsayers declaring the death of the guitar haven’t taken into consideration things like this that can lead to sales in the thousands and a massive influx of interest in the guitar.
Check out his YouTube channel for more of him shredding and hopefully, the world has taken notice of the power of the electric guitar again, and we start seeing more like this in the mainstream.
Here he is ripping on some Galneryus: