guitarist - world record set by Randall Padilla
MODESTO, CA, USA -- Guitarist Randall
Padilla, 42, set up a digital metronome — music's equivalent
of a traffic cop's radar gun — in the bedroom of his home
and kept cranking up the metronome playing along at six notes
per beat, until he reached 23.5 notes per second - setting
the new world record for the Fastest
Next month, he'll invite musicians from
the Modesto Symphony, California State University, Stanislaus,
and Modesto Junior College to watch him try for 26 notes per
second. He'll use the metronome, along with a computer playing
at that speed.
"If I'm not keeping up, you'll be able to tell,"
Then, Padilla said, he'll start training
for 30 notes per second. "Nobody would touch that for a long,
long time," he said.
previous Guinness world record for the Fastest
guitarist was set by Tiago Della Vega of Brazil at
21.3 notes per second, playing four notes per beat.
Randall Padilla, the Fastest
guitarist in the World, makes his living teaching
guitar students at Langlois Music in that rock-n-roll hotbed
also known as McHenry Village.
He's videotaping a guitar instruction video.
He plays for veterans and other groups to help them raise
money, and on Sundays plays at his nondenominational church,
The Well, on Claus Road.