The fastest guitar player in the world breaks the world record with an incredible, 1300 BPM performance!
Over the years, the debate over who is the fastest guitar player has been continuous. For those who play in ‘shred’ styles, the speed at which a guitarist can play is just one of a number of measurable technical abilities to be worn as a badge of honour. When considering some of the technically gifted guitarists that have graced the musical world, you would think that this would be a very close race.
However, guitarist Daniel Himebauch has clinched the Guinness World Record for fastest guitar playing, with a performance that sets the bar astonishingly high. He played Flight of the Bumblebee, and ramped up the tempo to a mind blowing 1300 BPM! The number alone is incredible, but in action it truly is astonishing. See for yourself above…
The debate over the musical value of playing at such speeds is one that could go on and on. Given that Daniel made the record attempt for charity, it is largely irrelevant in this context. However, improving your technical chops is always a worthwhile thing. Think of it less as meaning you’ll always play at 100mph, and more that it is another colour to be used within your broader musical palette.
If you’d like to become the fastest guitar player, or just a faster guitar player, well, you need to be disciplined and practice those scales for a start. And one of the best ways to do it is with a good metronome (and possibly some strong coffee… 😉 ).
Here are some great metronomes to get started:
Wittner Pyramid Metronome Without Bell Mahogany Effect
Some prefer the classic, mechanical metronome to the digital type- well, light does travel faster than sound, so maybe having a good visual cue is better for some. Who knows? There is something very reassuring about that familiar ‘click’ though…
The Korg MA-30 is one of the most popular metronomes we sell. It’s pocket sized, so it’ll slide into any available space in a gig bag without too much bother. It’s also very easy to use and will handle tempos from 40-208 BPM (hey, everyone has to start somewhere) in a wide variety of note divisions. It also has an earpiece, so you can hear it clearly, without bothering others with your incessant beeping. You’ll be the fastest guitar player in no time…
Planet Waves Varigrip Adjustable Hand Exerciser
Oh, and if you want to be the world’s fastest guitar player, you might need one of these, too… Good Luck!
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Joe is a contributor for the Dawsons Music blog. Specialising in product reviews and crafting content to help and inspire musicians of all musical backgrounds.