Walking into his homemade basement music studio, it is easy to see what 14-year-old Hunter Hallberg loves to do – play guitar.
The Centennial, Colorado teen has 20 electric guitars placed around the room, each with a different purpose. Hallberg admits he has come a long way since learning how to play guitar through a video game, Rocksmith.
Although he admits his music talents were “kind of self-learned”, he eventually started taking lessons.
“When I saw that Master Class, I was like, what, that’s even possible?” Hallberg said.
Hallberg started practicing five hours each day.
“Most of it is like muscle memory to me,” Hallberg said. “I’m like playing a solo over and over again. I’m mastering the solo, so I don’t have to really like focus on the solo. So, when I play live with a bunch of feel and not worry about it.”
The eighth-grader has gotten so good at guitar, he competed against hundreds of musicians from around the world and won the Young Guitarist of the Year competition put on by MusicRadar in London.
“There’s a bunch of topics they cover like musicality, like performance, like stage presence,” Hallberg said.
Winning was one thing, but he said what made it more special was that he won by playing an original song in his final performance.