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article imageWatch 10-year-old 'mini Hendrix' Ayla Gezmis on the guitar

By JohnThomas Didymus     Jan 31, 2013 in Entertainment
Ayla Gezmis, 10, is probably the youngest person in the UK to achieve a grade eight in the electric guitar. The talented girl's tutor has nicknamed her "Mini Hendrix" after a training blitz in which she earned the highest guitar grade in two years.
According to the Daily Mail, Ayla took up the electric guitar after she became interested in her dad's out of boredom, but now, everyone is predicting that she is set for a future of rock stardom. Her prodigious ability on the electric guitar has led to her being compared to Jimi Hendrix.
Her reputation as a guitar prodigy is growing after she posted to YouTube a video of herself performing with a friend in her home. The video is going viral.
According to The Telegraph, Ayla is from Skellingthorpe, Lincolnshire. She says she nurses an ambition to become a lead guitarist and become as big as her hard rock idols the Australian AC/DC.
The Telegraph reports 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 Dan, during lessons, but it is great fun when we just jam out."
She added: "I want to start a band and one day be as big as AC/DC."
Ayla learned to play the electric guitar at Rockschools where she attended weekly lessons. The Daily Mail explains that the training syllabus up to grade eight is designed so that candidates sit a grade examination only once a year. But Ayla achieved the highest grade level for the guitar only after two years of training.
Her 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."
According to the Daily Mail, the grade eight test is very demanding, requiring candidates to perform challenging advanced tasks on the guitar, including "ability to complete scales, modes, arpeggios, chords and complete a stylistic study."
The candidate is set the task of a three minute and 45 second performance involving demonstration of proficiency in advanced stylistic techniques and improvisation. The candidate is required to listen to tunes and play them back impromptu, and is tested for general knowledge of music, especially in her chosen instrument.
Her tutor praised her: "[In her first year of training] she passed her Grade One with distinction which was pretty good progress already. I was thinking she's going to hit a brick wall trying to get the chords right, people are 18-years-old when they get to Grade eight but there was no stopping her. She's very talented, we call her Mini Hendrix."
Her proud 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. We started slow with short lessons and she picked it up very fast, practicing every day. I am very proud, I say if you start something you keep it up and she has worked very hard. We were all surprised she has progressed so fast, I'm pleased as it has cost me less, I should have been paying for lessons for eight years."
Ayla's dad bought her a brand new Gibson guitar as a gift. She says she hopes to start her new band very soon.
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