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Sep 18, 2009

Here is something that will leave you slack-jawed...

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/1529378/world_record_guitar_speed_2008_tiago_della_vega/





[Edited at 2009-09-18 05:47 GMT]

[Edited at 2009-09-18 05:50 GMT]

[Edited at 2009-09-18 05:51 GMT]


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Alessandra Martelli  Identity Verified
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I'd be more than happy... Sep 18, 2009

... to achieve this result: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULEBSxP725w

Eddie Van Halen ->"Eruption"


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Laurent KRAULAND  Identity Verified
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or this one? Sep 18, 2009

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJCTrolF3CY

Deep Purple, with Child in Time. BTW, and for those who would not know, the guitarist is Ritchie "Cat" Blackmore...

[Edited at 2009-09-18 10:56 GMT]


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xxxJPW  Identity Verified
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Thanks for posting that... Sep 18, 2009

Now that is seriously fast! 320 beats per minute: my metronome stops at 208 for gods' sakes. At that speed, he's doing a better impression of a bumblebee than a real bumblebee...

Mind you, he's playing with a plectrum, and you can always play faster with one of these. Oh yes, and the van Halen one was a treat too, even though I'm not a huuuge fan.

So, if I may be permitted (may I? - oh, thanks then), here's a man who could give both a good run for their money: no plectrums, just lightning fingers.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBKarHlP4KU&feature=related

And here's another of his better known pieces, played by someone else, 'coz I couldn't find a version played by the man himself, but gives a good idea of his prodigious technique (and of how difficult it would be to emulate him):-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhddL5ByX1g&feature=related

On a technical note, Michael, for such a short post, I see there are quite a few edits: what's the matter? Fingers not working too well at 05:47????!!


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Giovanni Guarnieri MITI, MIL  Identity Verified
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some greats... Sep 18, 2009

Al Di Meola, Paco De Lucia and John McLaughling playing together... plenty on YouTube...

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VoiceTex
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Marimba(phone) Sep 18, 2009

Ever seen someone playing a marimba?
Hell, the Alla Turca with four sticks (2 in one hand) by one person is something you have to see.

There is a guy called Alex from NY touring German towns (or at least he used to) with his marimba. And he stood there all alone with his marimbaphone and played all sorts of classic music.

I stood there listening inbetween breaks at school. So amazing. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to come up with him yet. But YouTube holds plenty of videos for the Alla Turka on piano and marimba.


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xxxJPW  Identity Verified
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Aah, now I see (said the blind man)... Sep 18, 2009

The 05:47 that showed up on my screen was in GMT, so it was showing the time of posting locally *to me*, now that's a clever prozDOTcom, except here in the north coast of Ireland our town is allegedly 20 minutes after GMT - no idea how that works at all, but that's what the town clock and all the tourist literature state. If anything it should be earlier than Greenwich as we are that wee bit more to the west, is that how it works?

In any case I have no idea what time it really was when the OP posted his erm, OP, over in Canadialand. So, by way of apologense maximorum et non reservatum to Michael I will now post two more (last ones I promise, my car's at the garage waiting for me) youtube videos, featuring the Katona twins from Hungary (and a bit of eye candy for the ladies, perhaps?).

I had the great fortune of seeing these two play live in a town in the Basque Country for about 4 and a half quid (or a thousand pesetas in old money) and I'm glad I defied the doctor's orders not to leave the flat for a week (my lungs were shot through with pneumonia hispianola chronica) as I would have missed what turned out to be a superb concert. For 4 and a half quid. Bet they don't charge that price any more.

So (without further ado), ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce to you, the one and only Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Ba- oh sorry, that's a different song...change track...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqWMoB0ZVtg

Bohemian Rhapsody, classical style (Katona twins).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yk1lxICcpig&feature=channel_page

Cepa Andaluza (Katona twins, a piece by Paco de Lucia).

They're both good in different ways, but the second one's a real treat, especially (but not exclusively) if you like flamenco music. Or you can just marvel at their technique. It's like four crabs taking a pre-prandial scuttle on a plank of wood or two.

I have a DVD of Paco de Lucia, I might just dig it out and watch it tomorrow.
But not at 05:47.

Enjoy the weekend, folks.

(@ Giovanni - I have that CD too, "Friday Night in San Francisco", I must check it out on youtube). gREAt stuff.


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Not for guitars only... Sep 18, 2009

I've seen Al Di Meola playing live, and I can tell you the man knows how to play heaven and hell out of strings.

However, we cannot talk about fast players without mentioning Keith Emerson's and Rick Wakeman's keyboard skills:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7WbU1v0rVU
(Rick Wakeman, "Jane Seymour" live - Original can be found on "The six wives of Henry VIII")

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UeQsZOQqO6I
(ELP performing "Karn evil 9, 2n impression" live - Taken from the "Brain salad surgery" album)

... and do not forget The Minstrel, mr. Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) and his flute:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhNaIHXp_2I
(bad video quality, but stunning performance)


... I hope you survived all this progressive rock flow


[Edited for typo, I was too delighted with the music to pay attention to my typing,]

[Edited at 2009-09-18 15:24 GMT]


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Laurent KRAULAND  Identity Verified
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Thanks, Giovanni Sep 18, 2009

Giovanni Guarnieri MITI, MIL wrote:

Al Di Meola, Paco De Lucia and John McLaughling playing together... plenty on YouTube...

Gotta check this out too.


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Laurent KRAULAND  Identity Verified
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Let's slow down, will you? Sep 18, 2009

To roll smoothly into the weekend http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0Xr_0RZXls

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Amy Duncan  Identity Verified
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There's more to music... Sep 19, 2009

....than fast chops.

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VoiceTex
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Slow and smooth Sep 19, 2009

To roll smoothly into the weekend http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0Xr_0RZXls


Like I love Chris Rea
Thanks for reminding me on that.


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