“The World’s Fastest Guitarist” Plays “Flight of the Bumblebee” at a Million Miles and Hour

Ever since Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov wrote “Flight of the Bumblebee” for his 1900 opera, The Tale of Tsar Sultan, it’s been used to show how fast someone could play an instrument. Basically, it’s speed metal for the piano.

Many musicians have taken up the challenge over the last century. According to the edition of Guinness of Book of World Records I consulted, the fastest guitar version clocks in at 620 BPM. If that’s true, then this dude obliterated that record.


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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