Meet Ariel Bellvalaire, the Strat-toting pop-rocker who performs stunts while she shreds

Ariel Bellvalaire
(Image credit: Ariel Bellvalaire/YouTube)

Guitar journalists often use the phrase ‘fretboard gymnastics’ to describe the playing of all manner of guitarists, but rarely has it been more fitting than for Ariel Bellvalaire.

The LA-based pop-rock singer-songwriter not only plays a mean Strat, but combines her love of guitar solos with aerial techniques and gymnastics to perform what she calls – yes! – “Shrednastics”.

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Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.