A guitar typically has six strings. Even if you break one, you still have five to make music with. A follower of guitarist Ichika Nito wanted to know if he could play a song with just a single string, so he obliged. Can you imagine what he could do with a two-string guitar?
Nurse and musician Manani Ito tragically lost her arm in a car accident back in 2004. Despite the challenges, she has figured out a way to continue playing the violin, using a custom prosthetic that attaches to her shoulder, and lets her control the bow’s movement.
If you catch enough air on a trampoline, it’s not terribly hard to do a single or even a double backflip. But Ernest Brenchley from Radial Flipz is an overachiever, and with the help of a few of his friends adding some extra spring, he managed to pull a record-setting 8-rotation backflip before coming in for a landing.
If you look around, you can find a bargain-basement drum kit for about $200. But if even that’s not in your budget, you could do what Deden Noy did, and make your own drums from plastic buckets, water bottles, scrap metal, and packing tape. Check out his YouTube channel for more performances.
Italo Vegliante is an actor and musician who starred in Italian B-movies back in the 1980s. More recently, he’s used his talents to a create unique style that incorporates whistling, mouth sounds, and acoustic guitar. Here’s his fun tribute to the master of Wild West soundtracks, Ennio Morricone. He also created this piece of Internet gold.
Mary Had a Little Lamb is one of the easiest songs to play on the piano. But can you play it while lying in bed with your keyboard on the other side of the room? Korean YouTuber 이름미정 has figured out a method that involves taping lengths of string to the keys, then yanking downward on them from across their bedroom.
Dancer Kamil Szpejenkowski aka SFINKS has some buttery-smooth moves. Watch as he hops out of the car at a red light to perform a mindblowing series of moonwalks and glides that had us convinced he was on roller skates. Seriously, how can you move with such fluidity on the pavement?
If you think sit-ups and planks are a challenge, wait till you get a load of this guy. Fitness junkie Tfitbaker has so much core strength that he can literally float his upper body off of the ground while locking his lower legs into a workout bench. Oh, and what was that we were saying about planks?
When is a flute not a flute? When it’s a street barricade, of course. Musician Xavier Lozano demonstrates as he performs a brief piece of music on a metal barrier he drilled out to work as a wind instrument. Lozano is known for his ability to transform unusual objects into musical instruments.
Crazy as it sounds, Snarky Puppy drummer Larnell Lewis says he never heard the Metallica track Enter Sandman before now. But it didn’t take much time for him to pick up the rhythm, which he proved with a flawless performance right after his first listen in this video from Drumeo.
Musician Darrius Simmons is living proof that no matter what obstacles may stand in your way, it’s possible to overcome them. Despite having only four fingers, Darrius is a brilliant piano player. In this clip from the 2019 Not Impossible awards, he performs his original composition Dreams Are Forever.
Lucy Griffiths‘ boyfriend Greg Jones is a professional voiceover artist, and sometimes she asks him to do rapid-fire vocal impressions. We’re especially impressed with his on-the-fly Star Wars voices, which include spot-on copies of franchise faves like Kylo Ren, Darth Vader, C-3PO, R2-D2, and even a convincing Jabba the Hutt.
Marcin Patrzalek is one of the most talented guitarists we’ve ever heard. Listen to his amazing fingerstyle arrangement of Led Zeppelin’s Kashmir performed in an unlikely place – inside a parking garage. Be sure to check out his YouTube and TikTok channels for more incredible music, like his cover of Still D.R.E.
If you’re a serious rock climber, you need serious upper body and arm strength. Norwegian athlete Magnus Midtbø is among the world’s best rock climbers, and to prove just how strong he is, he managed to pull off this insane using only his right arm. He says he’s still working on his form.
Invented in the 1950s, but rarely seen, the Cristal Baschet is a musical instrument that produces sounds by stroking a series of glass rods attached to metal rods. The ethereal sounds it produces are the perfect complement to Hans Zimmer’s theme from Interstellar, performed here by Marc Chouarain at SFL Studio Féerique.
When you sing a song, there are usually lyrics written down somewhere. But we never thought that way about beatboxing until now. Vocal master verbalese takes notes on the mouth sounds he makes to help explain his process, and to document his tunes so they can be replicated. More beatboxing lyrics here and here.
New Orleans-based violinist Dominique Hammons was playing at a wedding when he busted out into an epic and electric solo that got the whole crowd going. In case you’re unfamiliar with the tune, it’s the New Orleans Saints’ unofficial anthem Choppa Style. We love his cover of 2Pac’s California Love too.
Because there has to be a Guinness World Record for every possible thing, Chang Yu-Te blew an impressive 783 individual soap bubbles into the middle of one larger soap bubble before it eventually popped. This is one record to which we say, “DO try this at home” – just be sure to wipe down the floor with a towel afterward.
It’s hard enough to hold your breath underwater for a long time, let alone walk while you’re doing it. Freediver Boris Milosic set the Guinness World Record for the feat, walking back and forth along the bottom of a pool while wearing a weighted belt. He walked for almost 4 minutes and covered 315 feet on a single breath.
Most wind instruments are made from wood or brass. But it turns out that a plastic straw can be modified to make music too. This video shows how late Danish musician Peter Bastian was adept at performing on a drinking straw with holes cut in it. Flutist Naveen Kumar shows how you can make your own here.
When you think of figure skating, Metallica isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But Team USA ice dancers Oona and Gage Brown dispel that notion with this exceptionally precise performance choreographed to Nothing Else Matters, combining Metallica’s original metal ballad with a cover version by Marlisa.