Wednesday, January 11, 2012

It ain't bragging if you can do it

Last November, Borepatch (you do read him every day, right?) linked to some examples of "Flight of the Bumblebee".

As he said at the time:
It's insanely complicated, to the point that it is an irresistible challenge to musicians of all types.  If you need to prove your musical chops, this is the one to dust off.  The original score is for flute, and the lovely and quite-the-flautist Mrs. Borepatch can actually play this.  Yes, she's that good.  But other instrumentalists pick up this gauntlet, too[.]
Yes, other instrumentalists do indeed pick up this gauntlet. In fact, the officials at Guinness World Records apparently got so tired of aspiring guitarists bucking for the title of "World's Fastest" by flailing away on one note over and over, they chose this work as the competition piece. Want to be named "World's Fastest Guitarist", best be prepared to play some "Bumblebee".

Oh, and you'd best be faster than 600 beats per minute, without missing a note.

Yes, you read that right.

600 beats per minute.

Without making a single error.

(h/t to Wired magazine)

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