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Perseverance Pays Off for 10-Year-Old Guitarist

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Perseverance Pays Off for 10-Year-Old Guitarist

Perseverance Pays Off for 10-Year-Old Guitarist

Perseverance Pays Off for 10-Year-Old Guitarist

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Tim Callobre, 10, pestered his parents for years for guitar lessons. They finally relented. From the Top hide caption

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When you hear 10-year-old Timothy Callobre play classical guitar, it's astounding to think he's only been at it for a little more than two years. Tim knew he wanted to play guitar from the time he was 4, but he doesn't remember what originally piqued his interest.

"It just seemed fun," he says.

His parents were perplexed as to where Tim's guitar interest stemmed from.

"Neither my husband or I play the guitar and we didn't know anyone who played," recalls Tim's mother, Salina. "Since we had a piano in our house, we tried to steer Tim towards that instead. We figured, 'This will do; he'll just forget about guitar.'"

For years, Tim begged his parents for guitar lessons.

"He kept after us from the time he was 4 to almost 8 years old. He didn't let anything sway him. So finally we broke down and gave him lessons," says Salina. " I'm so glad we did!"

Tim now studies guitar with Bill Kanengiser of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, and he has had the opportunity to perform for classical guitar virtuoso Pepe Romero.

He performs Heitor Villa-Lobos' Choros No. 1.

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