PARKVILLE, Mo. – Things are getting very busy this summer for the Fox 4 Reaching 4 Excellence Young Achiever of the Week. Jacob Johnson is a member of the School of Rock Allstars, gifted performers from School of Rock locations in the U.S. and abroad.

They’ll perform at large concerts and do workshops in Chicago later this month and in early August. And then Jacob heads to Boston to start studying at one of America’s most acclaimed music schools — Berklee College of Music.

“When I was first starting out,” said Fox 4 Young Achiever Jacob Johnson, “I was just, I didn’t really have any, a very high self-esteem or confidence about playing music. I was like, ‘Oh, no! I’m never going to be good at this.’”

But good he became — very, very good. Jacob is a guitar wizard. Wailing away in a rehearsal with Professor Salty and the Wallet, one of two rock bands he’s formed, Jacob’s playing is strikingly skillful and seemingly effortless. It’s hard to imagine he ever doubted himself or struggled with technique.

“You have to just hunker down and practice and practice and practice,” said Jacob. “Eventually you do start to get better at it. And once I started to hear the things I was doing, I was like, ‘Wow! Did I do that?’”

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