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This Japanese teenager is the best drummer you’ve never seen

Neil Peart better watch his back.


Aaron Sankin


Published Nov 22, 2015   Updated May 27, 2021, 2:57 pm CDT

Playing the drums isn’t easy. That’s why the latest iteration of the popular video game Rock Band allows virtual drummers to disable the kick drum pedal—because making your hands and feet do different things at the same time is something that a lot of people find too difficult.

Senri Kawaguchi, on the other hand, doesn’t have that problem. A 18-year-old girl from Nagoya, Japan, Kawaguchi is an absolute monster behind the kit, as evidenced by this recent viral video showing her delivering a blistering drum solo in honor of Japan’s national soccer team’s World Cup qualification efforts.

Drumming since the age of five, Kawaguchi has been called one of the best drummers in Japan, if not the world. She has released a number of albums, including a prog-jazz record entitled Buena Vista last year.

Videos of Kawaguchi’s impressive drumming frequently attract international attention. Here are some other clips showing Kawaguchi’s awesome drumming skills.

H/T Nerdist | Screengrab via Senri Kawaguchi/YouTube

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*First Published: Nov 22, 2015, 11:45 am CST