Secretary of State John Kerry, who as a teenager played bass for the Electras – a rock group he formed with high school classmates – still has some guitar chops at age 70.
On July 10, while on a diplomatic mission in China, Kerry took a few moments to show off some of his finger-picking skills for Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong and others in the Great Hall of the People.
Kerry, with some urging from Liu, played a few pieces on the acoustic guitar for the Chinese diplomats. Afterward, he tweeted about the event:
How’d Kerry do?
“For the first piece in the clip, Secretary Kerry sounds very good – like a well-practiced amateur with a love of the guitar,” Michael Molenda, the editor in chief of Guitar Player magazine, told the Washington Post. “His fingering is fluid and the notes sound full, robust, and accurate. But in the second piece, you can hear buzzes and muted notes that betray a certain lack of fingering technique.”
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