How long can you play the guitar nonstop before the calluses on your fingers start to ache and your mental strength crumbles? A few hours? Whatever your figure, it will inevitably pale compared to this recent record-breaking effort.
In arguably the most impressive bass feat in recent history, a man from the British port town of Bideford is set to break the world record for longest time spent playing bass guitar, after playing for 60 (!) hours in order to raise funds for a charity.
Mark Edwards took on the tall order between 10 a.m. on August 29 and 10 p.m. on August 31, raising Â£ 3,900.78 for Children’s Hospice South Wales – an amount that exceeded his original goal of Â£ 2,000.
And, even further, Edwards completely shattered the previous record, which stood at 41 hours of solid bass playing – a record set by Edwards himself in 2018. After all, what could be more impressive than playing the bass. low for 41 hours? Play for 60 hours, of course.
As is the case with any world record attempt, there was a very strict set of criteria that Edwards had to meet, making the already nearly impossible effort even trickier.
To begin with, Edwards had to play recognizable tunes of at least two minutes’ duration at a reasonable level throughout the recital, not pausing longer than 30 seconds between songs, and resting only five minutes to every hour completed.
Additionally, the intrepid four strings were not allowed to jam or improvise, could not play the same piece of music within a four hour window, and had to have a continuous recording of all the effort, with at least two independent witnesses present at all. times. Images of the world record attempt have yet to surface, but we’ll be sure to share them when we do.
Supported by his sons Ryan and Danny on the streaming side and a cohort of over 30 volunteers, Edwards successfully performed his setlist of 86 songs for 60 hours, and is now waiting for the effort to be verified by the Guinness World Record. administrators.
Songs from the setlist included Dance of the black stars by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, which served as the finale, and Foo Fighters’ Moments like these, which apparently was dropped after taking too much energy to play.
Talk to Devon Live after the challenge Edwards said, âIt’s great now that it’s all over, but I have to admit it was a bit of a pain. Your motivation is huge and you just don’t want to fail. That last day seemed like an eternity and it was just a desperate battle until the end, but to finish was fantastic.
âYou really feel like you’ve accomplished something and it gives you a great sense of usefulness,â he continued. “For this to be possible, you have to have a cause that you believe in in order to go through with it.”
Anyone want to take it a step further and break Edwards’ record? If so, good luck, you will need it.
Achieving remarkable feats in the name of charity is something of a common occurrence for the Briton, who has already spent two days and two nights walking 100 miles nonstop around his local football field.
Visit Mark Edwards’ JustGiving page to donate.