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John Kerry Shows Chinese Diplomats His Guitar Chops

Posted By Kotei Kotey On July 11, 2014 @ 3:51 pm In Bulletin Today | No Comments

Secretary of State John Kerry [1], 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.

The impromptu concert, captured on a cellphone and published on the State Department’s YouTube channel [2], followed a lunch for the fifth annual U.S.-China People-to-People Exchange [3].

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Kerry, with some urging from Liu, played a few pieces on the acoustic guitar for the Chinese diplomats. Afterward, he tweeted about the event:

John Kerry Tweet [5]

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 [6]. “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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This isn’t the first time Kerry has picked up a guitar in public. In his 2004 presidential campaign, for example, he once joined both Moby [8] and John Fogerty [9] on stage.


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