Musician Martyn Stroud can usually be found playing the trombone or teaching students how to play one. He recently performed the notoriously tricky Flight of the Bumblebee using nothing but a plastic watering can and the mouthpiece from one of his brass instruments, for no other reason than a little backyard fun.
THE BEST Talents
We didn’t know it was physically possible to stack even a single bowling ball on top of another, so our minds were blown when we saw that Shen Xiaoshi managed to balance TEN of the heavy spheres in a column, setting a Guinness World Record along the way. We love his zen-like calm as he assesses the situation.
Musician Kent Nishimura shows off his impressive acoustic guitar chops once more, with a couple of great fingerstyle covers of two very different Michael Jackson tunes, Human Nature, Thriller, Rock with You, and the Justin Timberlake collab Love Never Felt So Good.
Every time we hear the song Rainbow Connection from The Muppet Movie, it gives us the feels. While Jim Henson set the bar high with his original performance, 13-year-old puppeteer Kai and his dad Kelbe Schrank did the song and its creators proud during an event at Aubrey, Texas’ Fortunata Winery.
Kuma Films is known for photographing people as they show off their various talents. Often, the footage is captured in slow-motion, so for fun, they decided to run some of the footage in reverse, resulting in a surreal and captivating compilation of backwards scenes.
Musician Jared Halley demonstrates his impressive vocal range and skill by performing all of the parts of Queen’s 1976 classic Somebody to Love, from Freddie Mercury’s lead vocals, to the layered choral parts, to the instrumentation. Be sure to check out his many other a capella tracks on his YouTube channel.
Among their various talents, Japanese dance crew XTRAP are experts at synchronized finger tutting. In this clip, the trio moves their hands and digits in sync to create geometric patterns using a loop of string. Enjoyed that? Check out their pencil and CD performances.
Detroit lawyer and artist Colin Darke not only can draw well, but has the rare ability to do it with both his left and right hands. But he doesn’t just use them one at a time, he draws with both hands at the same time. Check out his Instagram for more time-lapse videos of his work.
For their series Easy to Complex, WIRED invited 2005 Female World Beatbox Champion Butterscotch to explain how a beatbox performance comes together. She starts out with the basic bass drum, then builds up thicker beats, eventually mixing in singing and vocal instrumentation. And don’t forget your Boots and Cats.
You might not know Pamela Adlon’s face, but she’s the talented actor behind Bobby on King of the Hill and Spinelli on Recess, among others. In the latest of Vanity Fair’s voice improv videos, they asked her to come up with eight new character voices on the spot. The scenarios she comes up with are just as imaginative as the voices.
Little Miumiu may only be six years old, but she’s got more talent in her tiny little fingers than most of us have in our big adult hands. Here, she works her magic to charm the Internet with an adorable and endearing cover of the Kaye Ballard/Bart Howard classic “Fly Me to the Moon” (aka “In Other Words“)
Cartoon fans will recognize Phil LaMarr as the man behind the voices of Samurai Jack, Hermes Conrad on Futurama, and hundreds of other characters. Vanity Fair asked Phil to improvise 12 new character voices entirely based on their illustrations. If there’s one thing the clip proves is just how impressive his range is.
It’s not in chronological order, nor does it list any tracks, but that just means you’ve got to rise to the challenge to identify all the tracks that inspired GMC Guitar’s epic lead guitar medley. Guitarist Ben Higgins was kind enough to provide tabs if you dare attempt it yourself.
Musician Eric Case rises up, straight to the top with this exuberant arrangement of Survivor’s Eye of the Tiger, performed on grand piano. Case doesn’t pull any punches as his fingers fly across the ivories, adding lots of flourishes to the Rocky III hit track.
Musicians Aaron Grooves and Snubby J teamed up for this lively cover version of the track Megalovania from the game Undertale, performing it on a Blue Man Group-inspired PVC pipe marimba, also known as RimbaTubes. We also spotted Snubby and Heather Freed’s great pipe and harp cover of Paint It Black.
WIRED introduces us to Sean Lomax, International Grand Champion whistler. With years of practice honing his unique skill, Sean has delighted audiences around the world. Along the way, he provides some tricks and techniques to improve your own whistling abilities. One of his secrets? Eat a peach before you pucker up and blow.
The fantastically talented Luca Stricagnoli performs a beautifully multilayered fingerstyle cover of Coolio’s Gangsta’s Paradise, offering up a proper nod to Stevie Wonder’s original Pastime Paradise. The percussive accessory Luca is wearing on his thumb is the Guitar Ring.
Coolest Thing introduces us to Bryan Berg, a professional card stacker who holds several Guinness World Records for his gigantic houses of cards. Now, Berg attempts to build one of his paper skyscrapers with a twist – assembling it outdoors. Along the way, he explains a bit of his architectural technique.
Musician Feng E might only be 12 years old at the time of this post, but he continues to wow us with his talent. Here, he performs a fingerstyle cover of Pink Floyd’s Comfortably Numb with all of the nuance and depth that you’d expect from someone with many more years of experience.
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