Schoolgirl nicknamed ‘Mini Hendrix’ reaches grade eight on electric guitar… aged just TEN

January 31, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

This rock and roll hero is set for a bright future after becoming one of the youngest people in Britain to achieve a grade eight in the electric guitar – aged ten.

Ayla Gezmis, who is nicknamed ‘Mini Hendrix’ by her music teachers, only took up the instrument when she started strumming her dad’s guitar because she was bored at home two years ago.

And the youngster is already becoming a household name after posting incredible videos of herself performing in her bedroom on YouTube which have attracted hundreds of hits.

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Ayla Gezmis is set for a rock and roll future after becoming one of the youngest people in Britain to achieve a grade eight in the electric guitar aged just ten

Ayla Gezmis is set for a rock and roll future after becoming one of the youngest people in Britain to achieve a grade eight in the electric guitar aged just ten

Ayla, from Skellingthorpe, Lincs., says her ambition is to become a lead guitarist and follow in the footsteps of her idols ACDC.

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.

“I want to start a band and one day be as big as ACDC.”

Ayla perfected her plucking skills after attending weekly lessons with Rockschool, which aims to help the nation’s future rock stars.

The syllabus is designed for pupils to sit one grade per year usually, but Ayla has already reached the highest level of graded music exams for the guitar after just two years.

Guitar 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.

“That year she passed her Grade one with distinction which was pretty good progress already.

Ayla rocks out in her back garden

Ayla rocks out in her back garden

Ayla practices at home every day

Ayla practices at home every day

Ayla  with her teacher Dan Clark, who has helped her to achieve grade ten on the electric guitar

Ayla with her teacher Dan Clark, who has helped her to achieve grade ten on the electric guitar

“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.”

Proud dad 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 and 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.”

As a reward, Ayla’s dad has bought her a brand new Gibson guitar and she hopes to start her new band later this year.

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