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

TEDGlobal 2012 · 16:50 · Filmed Jun 2012
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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 — followed by a jawdropping solo from the master of percussive guitar, Preston Reed. And watch these two guitarists take on a very spur-of-the-moment improv.

Revolutionary Guitarist
Preston Reed’s hands have an otherworldly coordination. The fingers, nails, thumbs, and palms of both left and right dance, pluck, strum, and slap his guitar, which bursts with a full sound. Full bio
Artist, composer
TED Senior Fellow Usman Riaz is an artist and composer. Full bio
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