Watch Jacob Velazquez, 5-Year-Old Piano-Playing Prodigy
"Jacob," the woman asks the giggling brown-haired boy sitting at a grand piano that's big enough, by the looks of it, to eat him whole. "What song are you practicing?"
"Sonita," Jacob Valezquez tells his mother, Tina, who begins to chuckle with him.
But no one laughs after Jacob begins to play.
The child, who grins, barely glances at the keys, and has only been playing piano for less than a year, hammered out the number, nearly flawless. In just several months of playing, this charismatic boy has already become -- at age 5 -- one of the best best piano players in Broward County.
His Pembroke Pines mother Tina Velazquez, gushes on YouTube: "It's hard to believe this boy's in preschool!"
Jacob, who the Daily Mail calls Baby Beethoven, is a bit bashful about his burgeoning fame, reports the Sun Sentinel. "I like it," he says, referring to his awe-inspiring ability. "When they clap for me, it makes me happy."
It makes us happy too, Jacob. And it clearly sparks glee across the entire Velasquez as well. Dad William Velasquez, who builds pools, and his home-making mom have uploaded nearly a dozen videos of their son's gift onto YouTube.
"We're hoping doors will open, when he can at some point play with an orchestra behind him," Willie told the Sentinel. "We're going to do whatever we can to create that path for him."
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