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Derek <3's You!
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#1
I was GC today and this kid who had a pretty serious mental condition, you know his hands were all scrunched up and he just didn't look like a normal young boy, but DAMN! Once they put that ****ty Peavey guitar in his arms, He just let loose one of the most brutal riffs I've ever heard. I couldn't even explain the perfection this dude had, every technique was flawless and he nailed every note like it was nothing. I decided instead of just staring I'd go over and talk to his mother. She started talking to me and i was asking her how long he's been playing, how old he is... Just some standard questions, you know. Apparently the kid is only 11 years old and doesn't even own a guitar. They just come by every so often and he gets to play. I was so stunned because this kid had to be one of the best guitarists I've ever heard at GC. I asked why they couldn't get him a guitar and she told me they could barely afford food and all that nonsense, it made me kind of sad (yeah, i have a heart). So i started talking to the kid once he wanted to try another guitar and i asked if he wanted to try this acoustic they had on sale. So he sat down and amazed me even more. I finally decided to buy him the guitar, i just felt like i needed to help this kid out and get him a guitar. I've never really done a good deed like that before in my life... I was gonna get a new amp today but i realized he needed something more then me. I already have the set up to play anytime i want, so i said **** it and helped the kid out. His mom was in tears and i felt awkward, and people thought i was beating her because she was balling and ****. I don't cry but she seriously made up for me not crying, no joke.

I just can't understand how they can label someone with such talent as mentally challenged. The kid had more licks then petrucci, and amazed the **** me... Almost the complete opposite of challenged. Does anyone know anyone like that?.. That's labeled mentally challenged or anything of the sort and has supreme talents? I wonder how they obtain such feats of achievement with so little effort, i mean what goes on in their head for them to understand concepts of certain challenging things so easy, but yet struggle with the simplistic things. I've been thinking about this ALL day.
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#2
savants... make me feel like i play like crap

seriously though, you're going to heaven
I see no sign of fortress.
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#3
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#4
Thats a very commendable thing you did. I can just picture that whole scene in my mind. You sir, are a very respectable person.
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#5
Very nice thing you did.
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#6
This made my day.

I as well went to Guitar Center today for "the list" and tried out a JEM for the first time (beautiful guitar) but I hate the people that work there, nearly every employee smokes( I saw cause we were lined up outside.)

All I ended up getting were picks and strings.
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#7
wow...that was a really amazing thing to do
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#9
wow, that was pretty charitable man kudos to you, first i've heard of anything like that but my first guess would be he had autism, you ever seen any shows/documentaries about how autistic children see music as a language which can be played so simply to them as if talking, probably a mutation in thier brain which makes them see music as thier language?
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#10
He probably had some kind of autism to be able to play like that without really practising.

Very strange, but an awesome thing you did there dude.

Three kudos to you.
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#12
that's really awesome, what you did. not many people go out of their way to help others, even something as easy as getting a kid his first guitar. it's too easy to pass judgment and overlook people who are "challenged."

a friend of mine from elementary school has cerebral palsy. luckily, he has very supportive friends and family who don't give a shit if he can't walk or write straight. he's one of the most talented writers I know, and he never let being physically challenged get in the way of that.
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#14
good for you, man.
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#15
I really want to shake your hand right now.
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#17
that was extremely nice of you. It warms my heart knowing how some people still care.

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#18
god damn you must feel good. well, i have a freind named ferris, and he is amazing at drums, he's 75% blind and a little deaf. i dont think he has a mental problem though.


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#19
well done
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#20
Nice man. People need to do more stuff like this.
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#21
that was pretty cool of you. im to selfish to do anything like that for anyone.
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#24
Best thing I've heard in UG for quite some time.


Didn't you take a picture or a video of him? He could be a future guitar god!


Nevertheless, you are the best.
Derek <3's You!
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#25
Quote by Rankles
He probably had some kind of autism to be able to play like that without really practicing.

Very strange, but an awesome thing you did there dude.

Three kudos to you.



Nah, it wasn't autism. His mother said some really, really long word and i kind of just overlook that kind of stuff. I just couldn't believe the talent this kid had, i felt obliged to spend a measly $220 on him.. I have a very good job now.

EDIT: No i didn't get pictures, or videos. Even if i would have had my camera i wouldn't have recorded him.
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#26
is kind of similar, a kid who's a virtuoso pianist. Some people are just born with parts of the brain more developed/connected up, than others. Just playing music regularly develops the brain.

Most sevants that I hear of are people who can solve Su Doku's in 5 seconds flat or whatever - mathematical or logical geniuses. Hearing of a musical one is refreshing.

Kudos to you, though, for giving that kid a chance to work his magic.
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#27
nice one man, i dont know many people that would what you just did.
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#28
More people need to be like you, Derek. Seriously, this made my day.
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#29
wow dude
thats really friggin cool of you
seriously
i think you just changed my outlook on life
thanks for existing
Archaon
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#32
Quote by Derek <3's You!
I was GC today and this kid who had a pretty serious mental condition, you know his hands were all scrunched up and he just didn't look like a normal young boy, but DAMN! Once they put that ****ty Peavey guitar in his arms, He just let loose one of the most brutal riffs I've ever heard. I couldn't even explain the perfection this dude had, every technique was flawless and he nailed every note like it was nothing. I decided instead of just staring I'd go over and talk to his mother. She started talking to me and i was asking her how long he's been playing, how old he is... Just some standard questions, you know. Apparently the kid is only 11 years old and doesn't even own a guitar. They just come by every so often and he gets to play. I was so stunned because this kid had to be one of the best guitarists I've ever heard at GC. I asked why they couldn't get him a guitar and she told me they could barely afford food and all that nonsense, it made me kind of sad (yeah, i have a heart). So i started talking to the kid once he wanted to try another guitar and i asked if he wanted to try this acoustic they had on sale. So he sat down and amazed me even more. I finally decided to buy him the guitar, i just felt like i needed to help this kid out and get him a guitar. I've never really done a good deed like that before in my life... I was gonna get a new amp today but i realized he needed something more then me. I already have the set up to play anytime i want, so i said **** it and helped the kid out. His mom was in tears and i felt awkward, and people thought i was beating her because she was balling and ****. I don't cry but she seriously made up for me not crying, no joke.

I just can't understand how they can label someone with such talent as mentally challenged. The kid had more licks then petrucci, and amazed the **** me... Almost the complete opposite of challenged. Does anyone know anyone like that?.. That's labeled mentally challenged or anything of the sort and has supreme talents? I wonder how they obtain such feats of achievement with so little effort, i mean what goes on in their head for them to understand concepts of certain challenging things so easy, but yet struggle with the simplistic things. I've been thinking about this ALL day.

Cheers on doing such an awesome thing. Just think, if that kid ever gets famous, maybe he'll give you a shout out.
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#33
that was a really good thing you did
you'll deff get something coming back to you for that
idk how though xD

i have a friend who is deformed and she's the best acoustic guitar strummer you'll ever meet
no fingers or hands

deff. you're a great person
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#34
Congratulations dude, You're quite an exceptional human being.
People like you give me reason to believe in the human race again.
I'd love to have an oppurtuinity like that, really.
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#36
what u did is awesome.. when u couldve bought an amp, you decided to help out a guy. we need more people on earth like you. its a pleasure knowing there is at least one person like that on ug.
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#38
That's really cool of you, just think what is a small amount of money to you is something invaluble to him. Not only have you helped him with his guitar skills but quite possibly with his mental condition as well.
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#39
Damn good **** man, it's good to see that some people still give a ****.
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#40
i used to be frinds with this kid that new this mentally chalenged boy that was a fricken genious at lyrics and stuff the doc appaerently considered him a savant i would sya that kid was one to.