A FINGER injury was the catalyst for a career in music after 16-year-old Tamborine Mountain student Arianna discovered her love for playing guitar.
Arianna, who goes only by her first name, said her mother bought her a guitar in 2017 after she broke her finger catching a ball.
The self-taught musician started performing in public in August last year and when the family heard local band Haystack Mountain Hermits was playing at the Tamworth Music Festival, they decided to make the trip to see them play.
"I wanted to watch some of the buskers, see how they work too," Arianna said.
"A boy down there offered for me to play a song on his set and after a couple of days I had a walk up set and it went pretty well."
Arianna said she had played at various events including the local markets and Artisan Fayre on Tamborine Mountain.
"The Artisan Fayre was a lot of fun and it was my first time playing a proper set," she said.
"Some family and teachers came along.
"I've been offered a spot at the Twilight Marketta on Gallery Walk.
"I play anything from Billy Joel, coastal folk and a bit of pop."
One of the teachers who attended the Artisan Fayre to hear Arianna play was Cameron Hart, who has inspired other students to become professional musicians over his years of teaching music.
Mr Hart said Arianna's vocal and guitar skills were impressive.
"Most people around here have no idea what she can do," he said.
"She has only been playing for a couple of years and on stage she can do anything. She plays Van Morrison's Brown Eyed Girl and she doesBilly Joel's Piano Man. On guitar.
"I am priveleged to be her teacher and looking forward to next year, which will be her final year at school."
Arianna said her next step after high school would be to complete a Bachelor of Music degree at Griffith University.