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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,Politics | No Comments
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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