Jake Bugg Shows Off Epic Guitar Moves and Talks About Learning to Play

Arielle Cruz

by Arielle Cruz

Published July 31, 2013

In case you didn't like Jake Bugg, the 19 year-old UK singer/songwriter enough, hold on to your hats, because we have even more evidence that this kid is incredibly talented. Not only does he have a beautiful, uniquely twangy tone to his voice, he also rocks on the electric guitar.

In this video, thanks to Noisey, Bugg shows off some of his moves and talks about learning to play guitar from his uncle who used to "pop" around the house with his guitar when Bugg was a kid.

His uncle is the one who taught him his first song on the guitar, "Mad World," which can be played with just four chords.

As a kid, Bugg grew up in a neighborhood like an American project. Most of the music he was surrounded by was rap and hip-hop, but he felt more drawn to his own brand of folky rock. And, thankfully, he was never made fun of. Mostly because, according to Bugg, the other kids didn't even know what the music he was playing was. They were surprised by it, and instead of thinking of it as some kind of old farty music, they thought his sound was something completely new.

The interviewer pointed out that some of Bugg's fancy strumming resembled that of Johnny Cash, and Bugg acknowledged the influence, saying, "I remember watching few Johnny Cash videos and he used to do all of that business [waves his hand back and forth across strings]" He goes on to try to replicate it, and does a pretty damn good job, his wrist barely looking like it was attached to his arm.

Watch the full video above. Bugg picks and strums like a boss, and totally upstages his interviewer. Did we point out that he is only 19?


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