February 18, 2009, 8:00 am

I just heard, from jpkang on Twitter, about a new online-video guitar prodigy. Sungha Jung: Somehow I had missed him. He has all the hallmarks of a YouTube great. He's young. He plays acoustic fingerstyle, which is complex and thus interesting to watch. And he has already inspired cases of mistaken identity. (Read his YouTube channel's program notes for more information.)

 

The keeper of Sungha Jung's YouTube channel is very formal about what counts as a real Sungha video, as well as where you can get the tablature for his original compositions. He also discourages people from leaving racist comments on the channel. If you wonder why he has to do that, you haven't been to the YouTube Wild West comments sections recently.

 

Like the great funtwo, Sungha seems to have a gift not just for music but also for finding himself in the center of beautifully composed tableaux.

 

I love this video: solemn Sungha in his striped sweater and turtleneck, the neat shelf of CDs, the mint-green wall. His piece is called "Perfect Blue":