Australian, Scott Burford attempts to break Guinness Book of Record for the Longest Guitar Playing Marathon by playing guitar for 125 hours straight with all proceeds going to charity – Musicians Making a Difference.
Guitarist, Scott Burford (most commonly known as Scott B) from Balgownie, Wollongong is attempting to break a guitar playing record verified by the Guinness Book of Record by playing guitar continuously for 125 hours!
As a professional guitarist Burford has performed over 3000 gigs in his career to date, playing his own solo shows as well as supporting well known Australian artists including Jimmy Barnes, John Farnham, Marcia Hines, Phil Emmanuel, James Morrison amongst others, and as a session guitarist on The Voice, Australian Idol and X-Factor.
As much as he is well versed in shredding his axe Scotty needs to 100% focus on the fact that the Guinness Book of Records rules require him to play continuously through an estimated five long days and nights – rounding out at 125 hours (with a few necessary human breaks!). To help him stay motivated he will have a number of guests drop in to sing live or play guitar with him.
He is doing this challenge to support the MMAD charity (Musicians Making a Difference) as their mission statement and values deeply resonated with him. Says Scotty, “Music and in particular the guitar, have been incredibly important to me throughout my life and helped me get through some very lonely and challenging times. What a great thing to support others by using music and my creative expression to help kids get to where they need to be in their lives”.
Scotty has set up a fundraising page at Everyday Hero – https://give.everydayhero.com/au/world-s-longest-guitar-playing-marathon and has a target of $5000.
Having supported a few charities in the past (World Vision, Movember, Men’s Health) he was researching how to help raise funds and awareness for MMAD. With an inquisitive push from a few of his friends, he stumbled upon a story about the current record holder for the (guitar) category and decided he should go big or go home and have a crack at it. He contacted Mike Miller, General Manager of Engadine Music who offered the shop studio and gave him full support.
The current official record is 114 hours and 6 minutes by an Irish man and set in 2011. In the past month a Canadian guitarist played for 124 hours and 30 minutes raising money for the Canadian Cancer Council. Whilst not yet recognised as an official record by the Guinness Book of Records (which can take some months), Scotty will not take the chance of his attempt not being verified and has confirmed his goal of 125 hours.
In order to meet Guinness Book of Records verification the following rules are applied:
- Every 60 minutes of playing time earns a five minute break, which can be accumulated*.
- Able to take 30 seconds between each song
- He will schedule a list of 500 hundred song. Songs can be repeated after a 4 hour interval. His plan is to play through the 500 songs and then repeat which he estimates will occur three times.
- Music performed must be of an acceptable standard and only consist of published songs. All songs must be documented. Mindless jamming is not accepted. The entire challenge must be logged and videoed
- A clock must be evident in all video and he must have independent witnesses observing the challenge and logging performance and break times.
*He will try and ‘bank’ as much time as possible so that we can use them as a recharge sleep.
Scotty will challenge the Guinness World Record for the Longest Guitar Playing Marathon from Sunday, July 15, starting at noon, and hopefully finishing at 5pm on Friday, July 20. The challenge will be set up instore at Engadine Music, 25 Station St, Engadine, NSW.
People are able to support Scotty in person at Engadine Music or can check in with him on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/groups/177397849565455/
He has received support from Engadine Music, Pro Music and National Music donating a Takamine guitar and Tanglewood acoustic guitars. These will be auctioned after the challenge with money also going to MMAD.