Leeds schoolboy Alexander is a guitar hero aged just six

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He may be just six years old but Alexander Santarpia has definitely got musical magic in his fingers.

Alexander, from Pudsey, has been playing the guitar seriously since he was four and recently became one of the youngest people in the country to pass a grade six exam on the instrument.

Alexander Santarpia

Alexander Santarpia

And today his proud family told how his prodigious talents have already won an admiring seal of approval from a top indie rock name.

Alexander ended up jamming with Jake Bugg when the singer-songwriter paid a visit to the Italian restaurant run by the youngster’s parents in Nottinghamshire before they moved to West Yorkshire at the start of this year.

Mum Annie told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “Jake seemed really impressed – but then again everyone is when they hear him play!

“He just seems to have an amazing talent, although he has to work hard at it as well.

“Alexander practises for a couple of hours every night after school and during the holidays he will put in six or seven hours every day.

“He loves rock music and eventually wants to have his own band – he’s already got Alexander The Great for a stage name!”

Alexander’s dad, Nick, began learning guitar around the time his son was born.

It didn’t take long, however, for the new arrival to start taking an interest in the hobby as well.

He was aged 18 months when he picked up the instrument and showed the first signs of the strumming skills that have been refined over the last two years or so.

Southroyd Primary School pupil Alexander, who has 11 guitars and counts Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath among his favourite bands, said: “

Alexander’s guitar tutor, Bramley-based Tom Grant, said: “He’s one in a billion, really – his passion, drive and talent are out of this world.”

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