Another world record has been broken as Australian musician Scott Burford finished playing the guitar for 125 hours straight. After kicking off his attempt for the longest guitar playing session on July 15, Burford completed the demanding task after 5 days on July 20th.
The attempt took more than just one man with a guitar. Burford resorted to using superglue to hold the skin together on his fretting hand after his fingers began to crack. A nurse and paramedic checked on Burford’s health during the marathon, receiving round-the-clock support. Onlookers at the Engadine music shop also boosted the guitarist’s spirits by picking up acoustic axes and jamming with him.
The 49-year-old had to abide by some interesting rules to beat the record. According to Mike Miller, the general manager of the shop, "Scott Was allowed a 30-second break in between songs, so that's when he got his food in. "For every hour he played, he accrued five minutes of rest time."Guinness’ rules also state that he needed to be filmed 24 hours a day and perform only published songs, which could be repeated just once every four hours. For his attempt, Burford had a repertoire of 500 songs to sift through.
“This has been one of the best week’s of my life playing music,” Burford told The Leader. “I’m pretty tired and can’t wait for a long lie down, but super excited to have achieved my goal. I’m extremely grateful to everyone who helped keep me focused and awake.”
Scott Burford has succeeded to surpass the official world record of 114 hours and six minutes, along with an unverified record of 124 hours and 30 minutes set by a Canadian guitarist earlier this year.
This was not all just for personal glory as Burford used his attempt to break the world record to raise funds for Musicians Making a Difference, a charity which supports vulnerable young people suffering through emotional abuse, neglect, and disadvantage while empowering youths through music, dance and mentoring.
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