Kid Crushes Guns N’ Roses “Sweet Child of Mine” On Ellen!

9 Year Old Kid Plays “Sweet Child of Mine” Solo on Ellen

Taj Farrant, a 9-year-old guitarist from Australia, showed off his impressive skills on The Ellen Degeneres Show with a blistering two-minute solo over Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine”. And get this: He only picked up guitar a little over two years ago, after seeing AC/DC in concert. You can watch his solo here

On the episode, which airs today (March 19th), Ellen introduced Taj by saying, “You’re all about to get your minds blown. We meet a lot of talented kids on our show. Our next guest is truly something special.”

Taj then proceeded to play Slash’s solo, showing some masterful fretwork while playing along to a backing track of “Sweet Child O’ Mine”. The youngster — whose YouTube channel has videos of him playing songs by AC/DC, Prince, Queen, and more — then sat down with Ellen for a chat.

“My dad took me to an AC/DC concert two and half years ago, and I was on my pop’s shoulders, and I said, ‘I want to do that for the rest of my life,’” responded Taj when Ellen asked him what inspired him to pick up guitar. The youngster is apparently also able to play a song by ear shortly after hearing it for the first time.

Lenny Kravitz Describes Working With Slash

According to Ultimate Classic Rock

Lenny Kravitz recalled the “fluid” experience of reuniting with former schoolmate Slash for his 1991 album Mama Said, and explained why he let the Guns N’ Roses guitarist record only one take of his solo for “Fields of Joy.”

The pair reconnected at an awards ceremony and decided to work together while Kravitz was in the process of making his second LP, and the first collaboration was the addition of a lead guitar track to the already-written song.

“Slash and I went to high school together, but we hadn’t seen each other since,” Kravitz told Music Radar in a recent interview. “When my first album was out, I went to the American Music Awards and Guns N’ Roses were getting awards and they were sitting in front of me. He and I just kept looking at each other.

“Then we realized we knew each other from school. So we started talking and were excited to meet each other again, especially the fact we were both making music. I was doing some overdub sessions for Mama Said, so he came in and played the solo on ‘Fields of Joy.’ It was a one-take solo and he wanted to play it over again, but I wouldn’t let him. I always love first takes.”

Having enjoyed the experience so much, they decided to write a song together on a later occasion. “We started to jam, and that riff to ‘Always on the Run’ ended up coming out,” Kravitz recalled.

“The song just wrote itself. To cut the track, he played the riff, I was on the drums. So it was just guitar and drums – that was it – and we got through the take and then I played my guitar part, which is the counter-rhythm part. Then I played the bass. He played his solo and then I wrote the horn arrangement, had the horn players come in and that was that. Did the vocals. It was a great session. Really fluid, it was very quick and spontaneous.”