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Speed violinist voted fastest human on Earth

By T.K. Randall
November 17, 2012 · Comment icon 17 comments



Image Credit: Youtube / FUSE
Violinst Ben Lee has gained the title after playing Flight of the Bumblebee at 15 notes per second.
[!gad]The accolade was awarded as part of the series "Superhuman Showdown" which attempted to find the fastest human being alive across a wide range of different skills and abilities. Several competitors were tested within a controlled environment including Ben, a base jumping champion and a man who could fire eight rounds at four targets within just over one second. Other competitors involved included a man who could perform 135 head spins in a minute and speed eater Pete Czerwinski who could eat a whole 12-inch pizza within the space of 34 seconds.

In the end however nobody could beat the superhuman speed of Ben Lee's violin playing. Able to play Flight of the Bumblebee in just 58 seconds, Ben has insured his fingers for the sum of £3 million.
Violinist Ben Lee, who can play Flight of the Bumblebee at an average of 15 notes per second, is declared the quickest human on the planet.



Source: Telegraph | Comments (17)


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Comment icon #8 Posted by Andami 10 years ago
This video, at the 6:00 mark. You can tell it isn't sped up by the activity going on out the window. This musician also favors Flight of the Bumblebee. Must just be easy to play fast.
Comment icon #9 Posted by EllJay 10 years ago
This video, at the 6:00 mark. You can tell it isn't sped up by the activity going on out the window. This musician also favors Flight of the Bumblebee. Must just be easy to play fast. He was pretty fast, but he missed out, or left out, loads of notes. Anyway, I used to like fast guitarist back in the day and Tony MacAlpine was one of them.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Chooky88 10 years ago
All I could hear was the bloody metronome
Comment icon #11 Posted by Likely Guy 10 years ago
I heard it on CBC's 'Sound of the Day'. 56 seconds flat and note perfect apparently. It sounded like I had a swarm of bees inside my head for a minute.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Eldorado 10 years ago
I beg to differ, there is one violinist that is deemed the fastest fingered, Niccoló Paganini whom was accused of possessing the devil. But he had something called "hyperfingers" Casanova had those fingers too, or so I've heard.
Comment icon #13 Posted by OverSword 10 years ago
This video, at the 6:00 mark. You can tell it isn't sped up by the activity going on out the window. This musician also favors Flight of the Bumblebee. Must just be easy to play fast. It's not that it's easy, testosterone makes male musicians try to intimidate other musicians by playing tough musical pieces. Flight of the bumblebee is tough.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Lady Kasey 10 years ago
I CAN GET ANYBODY ONE OF THOSE VERY EXPENSIVE STRAIVARYASS VIOLINS [THROUGH THE BACK DOOR ] FOR 25 DOLLARS ... "NO STRINGS ATTACHED" , JUST SAYING. Since you can't spell the poor name properly and you feel the need to type in attention-grabbing all caps, I doubt your claim.
Comment icon #15 Posted by nohands 10 years ago
wow
Comment icon #16 Posted by Taun 10 years ago
Awww he's not so fast... My ex could jump to 15 different conclusions in less than 3 nano seconds...
Comment icon #17 Posted by ad hoc 10 years ago
he plays it at about 15 notes per second... very fast, but there are quite a few well known shredders who play at 16 ish and probably a few unknowns who play even faster. as for the guitarist dude playing flight of the bumblebee ... that record is whack lol. the problem is that for the guinness committee to judge, the recording needs to be slowed down. but with that much overdrive i very much doubt anything can be made out, it's just a mess. which is probably why they've suspended the record holding while they look into how it's judged. but whatevs. the violinist has glitter in his hair.


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