A blind six-year-old Ohio child learned himself to play the piano by ear and now performs great versions of famous tunes.
When children are five or six years old, they commonly begin learning to play the piano or other instruments. They can usually pick out a few notes and play a simple tune or two, but Avett Ray Maness, six, isn’t your normal child.
Avett learned to play the piano by ear as a child. That’s great enough on its own, but the fact that he’s blind makes it much more extraordinary. The six-year-old from Dayton, Ohio, turns out to be a piano prodigy.
When Avett was born, physicians discovered he had a retinal condition known as optic nerve fibroplasia. As a result, he lost total vision in one eye and virtually all of it in the other. Avett is legally blind and uses a cane to walk. He has also learned to read Braille.
Avett, despite his visual difficulties, was playing his first tune on the piano at the age of eleven months. He began playing as soon as he could get himself up to the piano. By that time, he could recognize simple melodies like “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” on his own.
Avett’s first popular video had him requesting his mother to deliver his tunes to his favorite artist, Adele. He was so adorable insisting on his mother texting Adele for him that the video instantly went viral. When a local news station learned about the little genius, they immediately reported his story.
Sara Moore, Avett’s mother, told CBS News that “music is in his body.” He’s been working hard on his performance skills lately. People are begging him to perform because his talent is so remarkable.”
Avett has already performed for the faculty and employees of the schools in Centerville, Ohio. He played in front of nearly 900 people on this occasion! He’s also scheduled to perform at the Ronald McDonald House Fundraiser in April.
Avett’s latest viral video has the incredibly gifted boy playing and singing his own interpretation of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Little Avett is barely tall enough to reach the keyboard from the piano bench. The tiny boy with glasses introduces his song briefly before beginning to play. It’s incredible to witness him confidently play something he can’t even see.
Avett doesn’t let anything keep him from doing what he loves – playing the piano. He doesn’t seem to know he has a disability and hopefully that never changes.