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Usman Riaz and Preston Reed: A young guitarist meets his hero

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http://www.ted.com Usman Riaz is a 21-year-old whiz at the percussive guitar, a style he learned to play by watching his heroes on YouTube. The TED Fellow plays onstage at TEDGlobal 2012 --...

Preston Reed Shared on Google+ · 3 months ago
Watch Usman Riaz and me perform music from our TEDGlobal 2012 performance at Celtic Connections in Glasgow next Wednesday night!
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Ahahaha I meant when we met in person. =)) But I have a skype account as well. What do you think? ]:-}
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I sent you a private message :^)
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Di Cleverly Shared on Google+ · 3 months ago
Via +Eve A. If you have the opportunity to see +Preston Reed live, do it! He is one of the most amazing musicians I've ever seen! Cc: +Catherine Maguire
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Thank you +Anthony Tobin. Greetings from Scotland :^)
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+Preston Reed and +Usman Riaz will be playing at Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow this Wednesday 21st January. Tickets from http://www.celticconnections.com/events/Pages/event.aspx?ev=8abf475a-53ca-4704-9ce5-a3ce010cbb4b
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Happy Monday, Eve! <3 (((hugs))) xoxoxoxoxo
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the detail is amazing, without youtube i'd be playing stupid pc games....
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Tom Nuorivaara Shared on Google+ · 3 months ago
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holle  am good  and you
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The late, great Michael Hedges pioneered and mastered the percussive guitar style around age 17, and I've yet to see anyone come close to his skill. I saw him play live 3 times, and he blew my mind all 3 times. But these guys are pretty damn good too. That guy credited Preston for inventing that style 20 years ago. Yeah, he wishes. I was disappointed that Preston didn't correct him and give credit where credit is due.  Hedges could have played both of their parts simultaneously when he was alive.
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At 2:47 you imagine a clock, "tick tock tick tock"...2:54 are you ready? By 3:00 in awe...3:12 more, more more...by 3:20 your mind is blown...3:30 :) oh, JK Reed isn't even playing yet...
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Sirio Sesenra Shared on Google+ · 1 week ago
Para este #compartetumusica  de media semanita... una autentica maravilla de esas que crees que son imposibles
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Madre mía Sirio...estoy flipando tio. Acojonante el momento que tocan los dos juntos
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los pelos de punta!!
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simply magical...hats off...truly mesmerizing.
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emmy e Shared on Google+ · 6 months ago
I'll be seeing +Preston Reed play in a few weeks! As an added bonus, I'll finally get to hug my big sis, +Catherine Maguire the same evening! <3
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:( adult life sucks.
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Rebecca Clayton Shared on Google+ · 2 months ago
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Outstanding! Has inspired me to break out my old Michael Hedges albums (may he rest in peace).
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Serendipitous discovery — while doing my expense reports, of all things. Holy crap this is awesome. #f
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Richard Bjuhr Shared on Google+ · 3 months ago
I´d love to see their neurological networks fire in a fMRI-scan. Comparing to my brain it would probably look like no one is home in mine. Of course, asking my friends, compared to anyone that would be true, he, he.
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thru the countless sites that promise to teach how to play guitar, This one delivers from start to finish.Justin id a fun energetic player that really teaches you how to play.Song after song his lessons are of high quality and great pointers.I will recommend this site as tops for those that are using the internet to play.  So Justin i hope you keep rockkin and i will be checking your stuff out on i tunes that dude.
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Im not concerned whether he is a musical genius or not, but he just gave a very important message, U have all the resources on the internet, it is in your hands to use it wisely and become successful.Thanks Usman your effort has a positive impact on me. Regards, Praneeth Indian
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Anyone know the song that Preston and Usman are playing at 8:00
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Ladies Night by Preston Reed ^^
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This music would perfectly fit in to Hearthstone!
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Thats awesome!  I will add you soon :)!
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+Keith Ong ya lol  I just didn't play hearthstone that day, ill get on :)
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Preston Reed...You are amazing....How time it will take to reach 1 % of your skills...I want my child and myself to play guitar like this...
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Absolutely beautiful.
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Franco Ali Shared on Google+ · 2 months ago
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+Preston Reed and +Usman Riaz absolutely amazing. This is the kind of thing that drives me to be a better guitarist. You are both insperations!
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song dose Not sound good at all what ever that crap was
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One guy know the name of the song when they playing together !? Thanks ! And this guys are amazing !!
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Guitare avec un grand G
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doc watson, tommy emmanuel and chet atkins are more my style for preference, but this was incredible to watch. great players fer sure
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Usman Riaz and Preston Reed: A young guitarist me…: http://youtu.be/iIwbuS526PI
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I'm into playing the more conventional way. To each their own and all, but this is mental
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stanley jordan is still the best....sorry
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Usman riaz n'est pas un joueur de guitare,mais un géni de la guitare. 20/20
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+Preston Reed, It leaves me speachless...I've watched it before but still!!
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Scott Steiner Shared on Google+ · 7 months ago
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unbelievable talent <3 
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It is amazing! Playing the guitar from a different perspective
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Really enjoyable. Amazing to see what a kid has been watching.....and what an experienced artist can teach on video.
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Masroor Ahmad Shared on Google+ · 5 months ago
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Respect !!! You the guru Reed !! Good pick up usman Very well get along !! You guys earned 20 fans as I saw this video !!
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Bhavna Fowdur Shared on Google+ · 3 months ago
Good Morning World!
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Is this in standard tuning?
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+Preston Reed and +Usman Riaz will be playing at Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow this Wednesday 21st January. Tickets from http://www.celticconnections.com/events/Pages/event.aspx?ev=8abf475a-53ca-4704-9ce5-a3ce010cbb4b
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For anyone who hasn't seen this TED collaboration should do so down. Very inspiriting.
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Wish I could play that well but is probably have to quit my job and dedicate my whole day to playing.
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That J 200 doesn't seem to say Gibson or Epiphone on it? it sounds a lot nicer than an Epi though! (To me anyway)
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doesn't matter, Preston has a custom Bailey...easily the most well crafted instrument on the stage.
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This is literally a life long dream of mine, to play guitar with my idol Preston Reed!
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All I have to say is thank heavens for you tube if the kid learned how to play like Reed from You tube. We all get to benefit.
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Preston = James May + Guitar?
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Wouldn't that mean he has to be slow?
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this is absolutely mind blowing...revolutionary...love man....
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And i struggle learning to play the guitar how it is mainly played.. These guys are great.
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you talk the kaki king?? woow!!! amazing man!!!! XD
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This guys one of my all time musical heroes, and I just met him in telco five minutes from my house checkin out some pizza. Wish I could have chatted forever but didn't want to disturb him. What a guy, still can't believe it!
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As expected, the improv at the end sounded cooler than the rehearsed track! So awesome :)
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whats the name of the last song they play? or is it just a jam?
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Michael Gant Shared on Google+ · 9 months ago
Two incredibly amazing guitarists everyone should know... seriously great work.
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wow Michael good schtuff... Steph 
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+Tony Bollasina  well preston reed is way better than andy mckee... btw listen to ocean by john butler
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Mary.l Lambert Shared on Google+ · 9 months ago
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Is that you august rush?? just wondering u know. haha.
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that guitar duet is a cracker..
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Luíza Itapá Shared on Google+ · 10 months ago
---- perfeito!!
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凄いギター演奏!Great guitar playing!
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Ghada Me Shared on Google+ · 1 year ago
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THIS IS SIMPLY MIND-BLOWING!
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This kid and Preston Reed take Michael Hedges' technique to another level. So good!
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If you re-read my comment you'll notice that I said that these two take Hedges' "technique" to another level. At least we can agree that Michael Hedges was a wonderful guitar player, performer and artist. I had the privilege of seeing him play live in Seattle 20 years ago, and that show has yet to be surpassed. Cheers
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Elin Hristov Shared on Google+ · 1 year ago
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TheGospelOfGroove Shared on Google+ · 8 months ago
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This style is very limited, I do not recommend anyone getting into this trap. The world of music can only be opened with a open mind.
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the technique is cool looking visually, but if I was just listening w/o the visual entertainment...the "song" itself sounds too much like just pieces of ideas thrown together from the young Usman. Preston's tune has smoother segue ways into each transition, and keeps the motif alive throughout.
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Sherjil Ahmed Shared on Google+ · 1 year ago
guitar is the most melodious instrument.
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Watch Usman Riaz coming in Coke Studio Pakistan this season.  Season starts 21st September, stay tuned..!
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That was amazing. Sheer magic.
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people who say muslims are radical only should see this video we know to spread love through music .....music has no boundaries no culture....
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is that the guy preston in waynes world 2?
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Leon-Jake Campbell Shared on Google+ · 1 month ago
Usman Riaz and Preston Reed: A young guitarist meets his hero: http://youtu.be/iIwbuS526PI
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Just so cool, makes me feel like i never played my guitar! Have to start learning this style! 
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My life long wind incontinence has healed. Thank you to ted
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Wow...that's horrible! Neither player is any good....timing and accuracy is everything...these guys don't have it!
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Get lost troll, these guys are true guitarists in every form.
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Obviously you never even attempted to pick up a guitar lol- stuff like that takes years and years to learn and even if you don't like music you shouldn't question the timing and accuracy of a musician if you aren't one your self.
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Its just maravelous
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This is one of the craziest things that i have seen!! it is so amazing  that it has stunned meeeeee!! awe struck!!
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Does anyone know the name of the first guy and the first song?
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can anyone please tell me the name of the composition he plays at the start ?!
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He is playing Shimmer and Fire fly and Preston reed is playing ladies night. 
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This guitar style may came out like that: Hey let's just not strech the chords lets tap at them lets make a diferrent sound.
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