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  • If you can play something slowly, you can play it quickly.

  • So I played it very slowly and then I got a little quicker.

  • A bit faster.

  • And eventually I got to 15 notes a second.

  • Hello, everybody!

  • Today's a very special video.

  • We're about to bag out this guy who claims to be the fastest violinist in the world.

  • This is what our channel is becoming now.

  • And no, we're not talking about this guy.

  • Seven billion population, all the Ling Lings, but this guy is faster than all of them.

  • And you know it's gonna be legit because it's on BBC news.

  • Quality news source.

  • Best, best Content.

  • What gave you the idea of playing, I mean obviously you've (been) probably playing the violin since you're a kid, but playing it fast?

  • Well, I was knocked off in a bike accident cycling around London about four years ago.

  • I really hurt my wrist.

  • My band mate in the band Fuse said, "Ben, why don't you see this as a target of rehabilitation?"

  • Why don't you go for this Guinness World Record?

  • It'd been set and I aim to break it.

  • "I aim to break it."

  • So straight off, he's got the inspirational story prepared.

  • He's coming from tough times.

  • He fell off a bike.

  • Actually, I don't know if you guys know this, but I was in a wheelchair before.

  • So I told Eddy like, "Look man, why not just hit 10 million subs?"

  • I have my inspirational story.

  • So, let's hit 10 mil (million) subs (subscribes) guys!

  • If you haven't sub (subscribes), please click the smash the smusubcribe.

  • And let's hit 10 million subs (subscribes).

  • Because the world needs to know classical music is more than just playing fast.

  • Just give us a few bars of a normal pace.

  • That looks pretty fast to me anyway.

  • hy is there five strings on that "thing" ?

  • According to, let me check Wikipedia.

  • What is a violin?

  • It's made out of wood and has four strings and a body.

  • So he's not even playing a violin!

  • He's not even playing a violin!

  • It's like not actually a violin, it's a subcategory of a violin.

  • I think some people might not understand.

  • Automatically if you're playing an electric violin, that's already like cheating.

  • Because you don't need to worry about projection.

  • Projection, contact, any of that.

  • Because it's like, you know.

  • Okay, it's a violin and an electric violin.

  • They are two different things.

  • So already he's...

  • The title should be fastest electric violin/ viola in the world.

  • Yeah, exactly.

  • That looks pretty fast to me anyway. Now...

  • We did it at the same time!

  • Absolutely, with practice, if you can play something slowly, you can play it quickly.

  • If you can play something slowly, you can play it quickly.

  • Ohhh! Only if life was that easy!

  • Yeah guys, if you can play it slow, just play it quickly!

  • Just become Ling Ling already.

  • what's wrong with you guys?

  • It's all about playing fast, man.

  • I'm gonna serenade you.

  • Okay.

  • Wait, but if you can play it slowly, you can play it quickly.

  • Oh! So much better!

  • So I played it very slowly and then I got a little quicker.

  • A bit faster.

  • And eventually I got to 15 notes a second.

  • 15 notes a second.

  • I couldn't hear a single one of them cause it sounds like...

  • Oh, I can clap 15 claps a second.

  • You know what this is?

  • This is mumble rap on the violin.

  • - Yeah, it's mumble rap. - You can't hear a single note.

  • What's the point of playing fast if you're not playing the notes?

  • When you learn an instrument, it's all about playing.

  • First, get the right notes.

  • Then, play fast if the piece is meant to be fast.

  • Play fast the right notes and hear every single note!

  • Dude it's so simple.

  • Now a little bit faster.

  • And now with fifteen notes a second.

  • Interesting!

  • That is extraordinary.

  • Presumably you could do that with any piece that you chose.

  • I mean now are there already a kind of almost sacrilegious that it's a slow piece, and it should never be played at speed.

  • Well, I think Paganini was one of the first violin rock stars.

  • And his music, like Flight of the Bumblebee, is full of quick notes that are continuous.

  • Flight of the Bumblebee has 810 notes.

  • That's a great way of dodging a question.

  • He didn't even answer his question.

  • He didn't even answer the question.

  • Hey Brett, is there any sacrilegious pieces that should not be played fast?

  • "Well, Paganini can play 150 notes."

  • Semiquavers, you have to play four per click for the Guinness World Record, and like that, to be able to play 810 notes in under a minute.

  • You could do the same with Paganini, something like "Molto Perpetuo", which means always moving, that kind of thing

  • Wait, playing fast is one thing.

  • But you also have to play the right notes!

  • Paganini "Molto Perpetuo", which means always moving, except you forgot to move your left hand fingers!

  • Oh!

  • Do classical violinists...

  • What I was told that when we were doing this piece, there was this Incredibly valuable violin.

  • It is an incredibly valuable violin, but it's not what I kind of expected.

  • I expected some, you know, 18th century Italian masterpiece to be coming into the studio and you've got a very modern violin there.

  • I just wonder whether sort of classical musicians think that what you're doing is, I don't know, sacrilegious almost.

  • I love the smile and I love the host guy.

  • Sacrilegious.

  • He just keeps saying...

  • It's like you can tell it's trying to be polite, but he's just burning him.

  • Like low key burning him.

  • He just uses the word sacrilegious.

  • I don't even know what the term means exactly.

  • But it doesn't sound like it's a good thing.

  • I don't particularly want to be sacrilegious.

  • - I don't do any... - Do you get any criticism?

  • No, well...

  • Do you get any criticism? No.

  • Let's read the comments guys.

  • If you put the video at 0.25 speed, you can notice he plays nearly no notes at the right pitch.

  • It seemed to me that he played more glissando than more fingering.

  • Set the speed to 0.5 and you will hear.

  • Horrible tune and there's no rhythm.

  • Do you ever get criticism?

  • Nah, never!

  • - Pretty sure as any artist, if you never get criticism... - You're not really an artist.

  • You're not growing.

  • Mozart got criticism, Sibelius got criticism, Tchaikovsky got criticism for his concerto.

  • Every great artist gets criticism.

  • Maybe that's why he doesn't get criticism.

  • We have a lot of discussions with people.

  • What we aim to do with Fuse is to inspire people and introduce them to lots of different styles of playing the violin.

  • You can play the violin in wonderful jazz styles, in romantic styles.

  • You can play it very percussively like um...

  • Go, give us a go!

  • There was nothing percussive about that at all.

  • It's called spiccato, mate.

  • To make it sound romantic...

  • Sounds like he doesn't have rosin on his bow.

  • Okay, maybe we're being too picky.

  • Jazzy.

  • But what we've done with this is we've hand applied 50 thousand...

  • One and a half million dollars is it, this one?

  • One and a what?

  • One and a half million dollar violin.

  • He looks so proud of it too.

  • Why is that 1.5 million?

  • You could buy a Strad with that money!

  • We've just released the world's first 24 karat gold electric violin in collaboration with the jeweler Thea Fennell.

  • To inspire people, we need to put 24 karat gold on every single violin.

  • Make it at a price where no musician, majority of musicians around the world cannot afford.

  • But that's okay, I'm inspiring you guys.

  • What we aim to do with Fuse is to inspire people.

  • We've just released the world's first 24 karat gold electric violin.

  • He's literally trying to plug himself.

  • He's trying to sell this.

  • Do you still keep the musical kind of integrity if you're playing at great speed?

  • I just love how he's running out of questions, he's like...

  • Actually no, you know what he's asking?

  • You know how before he's like, "Isn't it sacrilegious to play slow pieces fast?"

  • And now he's like, "Do you keep the musical integrity?"

  • He's just like...

  • You do.

  • Flight of the Bumblebee is a fun piece of music.

  • I think that is the musical integrity is to have fun and to wow people with it.

  • Okay, I need to say something first.

  • To have fun and wow people, that's good.

  • Fair enough, I agree with you on that.

  • But, Rimsky-Korsakov when he wrote the score, he wrote dynamics.

  • He wrote very specific notes with harmony, orchestral accompaniment, articulation.

  • Playing random glisses that doesn't even resemble what the composer writes is not musical integrity.

  • But, its' having fun.

  • That is, what can I say though.

  • But maybe I'm just being like I don't know like classical party pooper.

  • But look how he play!