Yeon Jung Nho: South Korean 13 year old guitar prodigy finds time to talk to Shreddelicious

Yeon Jung Nho

[Shreddelicious] When did you start playing guitar?

[Yeon Jung Nho] It was a summer probably the summer of 2011 when I was 11 years old ( I was born in South Korea in May, 2000. Now I'm 13.)

Before then I learned a piano since I was 4 years old and quit piano when I was 8 years old. Then I started to learn drums. But since the age of 10 I became more interested in the guitar.  So at that point I stopped top learning the drums and then started learning guitar.

ITG govan emotive ballad 노연정 일렉기타 12 years old MaruMusic


[Shreddelicious] What made you decide to take guitar seriously?

[Yeon Jung Nho] It is difficult to saying what the pivotal point was.  I have practised great guitarists like Randy Rhoads, Nuno Bettencourt, Guthrie Govan and  Alex Hutchings... so I just naturally i fell in love with guitar.

[Shreddelicious]What are your favourite albums?

[Yeon Jung Nho] In the early days, I really loved Randy Rhoads,Nuno Bettencourt.. I really liked rock musicians.  Last year, my guitar teacher introduced me Guthrie Govan and Alex Hutchings and so I really like them. I really love all their songs.

[Shreddelicious]What do you think of the use of social media for promoting your work?

[Yeon Jung Nho] I think social media is very useful. Especially person like me (living in a Developing Country, not famous) Social media is only way to promote my work.

ITG Wonderful Slippery Thing Nho Yeon Jung 노연정 korea 12 years old Cam Direct





[Shreddelicious] If you had a chance to play with anyone who would you pick?

[Yeon Jung Nho] That's easy, Guthrie Govan... I love all his music and I am trying to play like him.

[Shreddelicious] Have you ever had any live show disasters?

[Yeon Jung Nho] I didn't play any shows in front of a live audience yet. That is because I think my skills are not good enough yet... but if there's an opportunity to play live then I'll try my best!

Yeon Jung Nho
[Shreddelicious] How do record your guitar videos?

[Yeon Jung Nho] My teacher takes a video with no edit or tricks, just uploads on YouTube... so sorry I don't have a tips for capturing video!

[Shreddelicious]What do you think of illegal music downloading?

[Yeon Jung Nho] I oppose illegal music downloading It is hinder the development of music and it's really just intellectual property infringement.


Alex Hutchings - Happy as Larry (Cam Direct) ITG korea 12years Nho Yeon Jung 봉덕초등 노연정


[Shreddelicious] Can you tell us a bit about your Guitars and Amps?

[Yeon Jung Nho] My guitar is Yamaha.
After recording wonderful slippery thing, my parents gave me this guitar and the other instruments (amp, effects...) were lent to me by my teacher.


[Shreddelicious] 10 Can you tell us about your latest recording?

[Yeon Jung Nho] It's a Guthrie Govan's song emotive ballad. I practiced that tune for about 5 weeks, I really enjoyed the practice because the song is just too good.



Yeon Jung Nho YouTube channel