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9-Year-Old Girl Covers Paul Gilbert's Version of James Brown's "I Got the Feelin'" — Video

One or 2,457 of you might remember Li-Sa-X, a young Japanese guitarist who covered Racer X's 1987 instrumental shred tune "Scarified" on YouTube late last year.

Earlier this year, Racer X axman Paul Gilbert made a video of his own, during which he praised Li-Sa-X's playing and invited her to become a student at his online ArtistWorks guitar school, offering her a free pass to sign up. We're not sure if she took him up on his offer.

Anyway, a few months have gone by, and Li-Sa-X — who is now a whopping 9 years old — decided to grab her Ibanez guitar and cover a brand-new Gilbert recording: his instrumental version of James Brown's "I Got the Feelin'," which can be found on his well-received (I know I like it!) 2014 album, Stone Pushing Uphill Man.

Be sure to check it out below! And remember, she's only 9 years old!

If Li-Sa-X looks familiar for other reasons, maybe it's because she's also covered Guthrie Govan's "Fives." (Watch it here.) Enjoy!

Also, we can't find a legal version of Gilbert's recording of "I Got the Feelin'" on YouTube. So we've included the James Brown version instead. We aim to please!

Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.