Want to know something that's awesome and really depressing at the same time? I'm 32 years old and have told myself that, at one point in my life, I'd teach myself guitar. Why? Like almost every guy out there, it's just one of those things we think women are attracted to—not to mention just a badass talent to have.
There's just one tiny, little problem.
I have yet to actually take the leap of faith and try to learn how to play, fearing that I'd just get so frustrated and give up because I don't have the patience to stick with it.
Now, here comes the depressing part.
While I'd struggle even trying to figure out how to play guitar, a kid named Tye Trujillo—the 12-year-old son of Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo—is ripping it up, even touring with longtime metal band Korn during a six-concert tour in South America right now.
Look at this F'in prodigy shred!
That little dude has some serious talent. And, yeah, he looks the part thanks to the long locks that are an essential if you're going to be a kickass bassist—or, so it seems.
While this may seem like a classic example of overbearing parent trying to push his kid into the "family business", it's actually far from the truth, as Robert Trujillo told LoudWire that he never encouraged Tye to try and follow in his footsteps:
“I never forced him on music,” Trujillo tells Brazil’s GloboPlay. “I always felt that if he wanted to embrace an instrument, great; I’d try to help him with it. So initially, at first, it was drums. And then around that same time, when he was one, he had a little plastic guitar, and he would play it all the time, just strumming it — always strumming it everywhere, to the point where the plastic was worn down.”
“It’s a beautiful thing, ’cause he’s still a 12-year-old,” he continues, “And he still acts wild and crazy, as a twelve-year-old should, but when it comes to music, he’s very focused. And with Korn, it’s funny, because I haven’t shown him anything at all for the Korn stuff — I’ve been too busy and I’ve been out of town a lot — and he’s taking this opportunity very serious.”
Talk about an awesome opportunity for Tye Trujillo, huh? I mean, when I was his age, I was worried about how I'd get rid of my first pimple and crushing so hard on Jennifer Lopez, this kid's traveling around South America with rock legends and killing it during live shows.
Well, as if I didn't already feel bad enough that I have zero musical talent other than belting out some lyrics to songs in the shower, Tye Trujillo reminds me that I shouldn't even try, because that ship seems to have sailed a long, long time ago.
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