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Name: James Bell
Track entered: A New Hope
Current main guitar: Vintage VS6
Having started on drums, 13-year-old James got into guitar after hearing his dad play. "My dad played guitar to help improve his drumming," James recalls. "And then one day he blasted out Smoke On The Water - it sounded so great!"
Hooked, James found himself idolising the likes of Satch, Malmsteen, Michael Angelo Batio and Randy Rhoads. "I'd love to be a professional guitarist when I'm older,” says James. “Winning YGOTY could open up a lot of opportunities for me."
Random fact: James loves to busk and even has a busking slot at the Nantwich Arts Festival this year.