“I'm not gonna try and play this, are you crazy?!”: This nine-year-old’s lightning-quick arpeggio workout has players apologizing to their guitars

(Image credit: maituoguitarlujunxi Instagram)

Child prodigies are hardly a new sensation, but few have come along and blown minds with such speed and fluency as nine-year-old, Maituo. 

Born in China, in March 2015, presumably with a guitar in his hand, he has been documenting his playing journey on Instagram and YouTube, where he has earned over 164,000 fans. 

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Phil Weller

A freelance writer with a penchant for music that gets weird, Phil is a regular contributor to Prog, Guitar World, and Total Guitar magazines and is especially keen on shining a light on unknown artists. Outside of the journalism realm, you can find him writing angular riffs in progressive metal band, Prognosis, in which he slings an 8-string Strandberg Boden Original, churning that low string through a variety of tunings. He's also a published author and is currently penning his debut novel which chucks fantasy, mythology and humanity into a great big melting pot.