Ellen DeGeneres this week continued the tradition of having talented youngsters on her show by inviting nine-year-old guitar prodigy Taj Farrant.
Not only was Farrant, who hails from Australia, decked out like a rock star with a wide-brimmed hat atop his dreadlocks, he absolutely tore up Slash’s iconic guitar solo from Guns N’ Roses’ 1987 classic “Sweet Child O’ Mine”.
DeGeneres was clearly impressed, and invited Farrant to sit down for a chat.
According to the young musician, he only took up the guitar a few years ago. Before that, he explained, “All I did really was play video games on the PS4 and that was it.”
It wasn’t until his father took him to see a rock concert that he decided to pick up a guitar. “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,'” said the youngster.
He also let DeGeneres in on the secret to making convincing guitar-playing faces. “Every note makes a different emotion for the face,” he revealed, “and sometimes I start crying because the music takes over me.”
If you thought his Slash solo was impressive, check out Farrant playing Brian May’s solo from “Bohemian Rhapsody”, below: