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    WTF is up with all these "Flight of the Bumblebee" guitar players?

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    I'm sure you've seen them on YT; if not, just search "Flight of the Bumblebee guitar," and you'll see people claiming to play it at 340, 750, 900, 1400, 1600, and even 4000 BPM. LOL.

    What the hell people? I mean, if you watch these things, once it gets above about 400 bpm, the notes are pretty much indistinguishable, and you can't even tell if they make a mistake.

    But regardless, what is the compulsion anyway? I mean ... do these people spend 8 hours a day doing nothing else?
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    It would appear so...

    I did actually spend about an hour watching this shit one evening, up to about 1200 or 1400 bpm. One guy, British bloke, talking about the bumblebee is a labour of love. I was surprised, amazed, interested appalled... then I realised I was bored and didn't care. I haven't watched one since.

    I don't think they're accepting records for it any more as its impossible to tell if people are actually doing it properly.

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    Generally these wankers are all bout speed and the notes, absolutely no feeling in the music whatsoever. I watched a video the other night of a 12 year old girl wailing Vivalvdi's 4 Seasons (or something like that). She had all the notes, the speed, the various techniques, but no feeling. Maybe she'll learn that at some point, too.
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    I heard an anecdote about some blues gathering to honor BB King (back when he was still alive)...and I guess everyone there took their turn playing some guitar, and some modern/name player (don't recall the name), who could shred, got up and ripped away and played like a champ.
    Then BB got up next,and hit one note and just rode on it...and TOTALLY killed...mainly because of his tone and feeling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjbphotos View Post
    Generally these wankers are all bout speed and the notes, absolutely no feeling in the music whatsoever. I watched a video the other night of a 12 year old girl wailing Vivalvdi's 4 Seasons (or something like that). She had all the notes, the speed, the various techniques, but no feeling. Maybe she'll learn that at some point, too.
    Yeah, but she's a 12 year old girl, she obviously likes music but probably doesn't even know what music she likes yet. Being technically sound won't do her any harm in future.

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    Technical prowess for its own sake is pointless and sterile.

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    This is one of the better ones I've seen:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSaR...571639#t=8m30s
    Still, 30 odd notes/second. Seems dubious to me. That's one hell of a wanking hand.

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    boring

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDOD View Post
    This is one of the better ones I've seen:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSaR...571639#t=8m30s
    Still, 30 odd notes/second. Seems dubious to me. That's one hell of a wanking hand.
    What always strikes me about these videos is the picking hand. It never seems to be moving that fast. This guy is especially like that (I've seen another video of him doing this as well). It like, even though his fret hand seems to be speeding up, the pick hand almost never seems to be getting any faster. Is this because he's employing more and more legato the faster he gets? With it being so fast, you can't even tell.
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    As a counterpoint...maybe some "Dance of the Sea Turtle" guitar playing.

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