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0 String Bass Solo

0 String Bass Solo

By all accounts, a bass guitar is pretty much useless without its strings. But that didn’t stop YouTuber Davie504 from giving it the old college try. Watch as he uses the bass’ various parts – including the buzz from its audio jack – to make some music.

Ping Pong Ball Trick Shots

Ping Pong Ball Trick Shots

YouTuber T-Man shows off his ability to hit a precise location with a table tennis ball in this compilation of trick shots. Like most trick shot videos, we have no idea how many attempts these took, but the fact that he could nail most of these at all is impressive.

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One Man Rock Band

One Man Rock Band

San Francisco musician Jordan B. Wilson (aka “Lone Sound Ranger”) sings, plays guitar, keyboard, bass, and an entire set of drums. His blues/garage sound is reminiscent of The White Stripes – and he plays drums better with his feet than Meg White did with her hands.

Debit Girl

Debit Girl

She might look like a darling little 11 year-old girl, but Lisa-X is a serious rocker. Watch as she gets the whole room going by shredding a speed metal rendition of Schubert’s Lullaby on her electric guitar in this commercial for JNB Visa Debit cards.

Google Translate x Bass

Google Translate x Bass

Funk bassist Davie504 visited Google Translate and nabbed a couple of its mechanical sounding voice samples, then turned them into the backbeat for one of his impressive slap bass solos. Sing along! “bschk z pv! zk pv zk!”

Flight of The Imperial March

Flight of The Imperial March

Pianist D Wave mashed up two seemingly mismatched tunes, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebee and John Williams’ Imperial March from Star Wars into a single cohesive track. There’s a hint of ragtime jazz in there for good measure too.

Christian Cuevas: Memphis Mix

Christian Cuevas: Memphis Mix

While digging around YouTube, we stumbled onto a true talent. Musician Christian Cuevas has a smooth and powerful voice that will pierce you to the soul, and won’t let go. Seriously folks, this guy deserves a major record deal. Check out more of his tracks here.

Billy Watman: Bohemian Rhapsody

Billy Watman: Bohemian Rhapsody

Guitarist Billy Watman turns in a fingerstyle rendition of Queen’s magnum opus which would be impressive if played by anyone, but it’s even more amazing that he’s just 14 years old and can play like this. More on Billy’s YouTube page. (Video by Tony Goode)

Life Is a Dance

Life Is a Dance

Filmmaker Sebastian Linda hypes up the impressive dance skills of The Saxonz as they take their B-boy moves from the city to the country and everywhere in between, exhibiting a level of joy and energy that typically requires a quadruple espresso.

Jake Weidmann, Master Penman

Jake Weidmann, Master Penman

Artist Jake Weidmann possesses a truly special craft – he’s the youngest of only a handful Master Penmen in the entire world, with the hard-earned ability to create insanely intricate illustrations and calligraphy from the tip of his fountain pen.

Playing an 18-String Guitar

Playing an 18-String Guitar

Musician Ian Ethan Case previews a bit of his new album Run Toward the Mountains, as his fingers fly across all 18 strings of his double-necked guitar. At times, his hands were moving so fast, we thought he was Doc Ock. The 92-minute double album drops 11/24/15.

Crazy Fast Accordion Player

Crazy Fast Accordion Player

Musician Lucjan Drewicz lets his fingers fly across the keys and buttons on his instrument, turning in an insanely fast performance of a Brazilian track called Tico-Tico no Fubá. He’s not as fast as this guy, but his performance is more nuanced.

Making a Glass Horse

Making a Glass Horse

A master glass blower in Italy shows how to take a blob of molten glass and transform it into a detailed sculpture in seconds, massaging the searing hot material into a prancing horse with tongs and scissors. Skip to 1:00.

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Amazing Photorealistic Portraits

Amazing Photorealistic Portraits

Artist Heather Rooney shows off her incredible talent for drawing photorealistic portraits using Caran d’Ache Luminance colored pencils. Her work is so good that some of her subjects look better than they do in real life. Check out her YouTube channel for more.

Coin Unstacking

Coin Unstacking

A man demonstrates a useless, but somehow still captivating skill, as he manages to use samurai-like skill with a credit card to fling 15 individual coins out from a stack without knocking them over. We’d like to see the slow-mo replay now.

Fast Workers

Fast Workers

People are Awesome compiled this series of people making short work of their jobs, as they flip pancakes, wash windows, and make pizzas at lightning speeds. Though we think sometimes it’s all about the flourish rather than the end result.

Mandolin Maestro

Mandolin Maestro

Musician Chris Thile performs a wonderful rendition of J.S. Bach’s Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001 on his mandolin. The entire 15 minute piece is impressive, but the bit starting at 11:42 is simply spellbinding.

Kawehi: Don’t Worry Baby

Kawehi: Don’t Worry Baby

Multitalented musician Kawehi turns in a fantastic and uplifting solo performance of The Beach Boys’ classic track Don’t Worry Baby, accompanied by her electronic recording rig to help with the harmonies.

Flat Top x Daft Punk

Flat Top x Daft Punk

Performer Ruben “Lucky” Hall aka “Flat Top” adds his unique spin to Daft Punk’s Voyager, embellishing the track with sweet vocals and robotic dance moves. Come for the outfit and hairdo, stay for the talent.

World’s Best Stone Skipper

World’s Best Stone Skipper

We’ve made attempts to skip stones across the water, but rarely get them to go more than a few bounces before they sink. Kurt Steiner, on the other hand, holds the world’s record for stone skips, somehow skipping a rock an astounding 88 times across the surface.

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The Extreme Minuet

The Extreme Minuet

We can only imagine how many attempts it took to get this right, as a line of 43 people tossed coins into liquid-filled beakers to play back a passage from one of Mozart’s minuets. Though you can only hear the notes when played back in slow motion.

Honda: Stepping

Honda: Stepping

Kim Gehrig directed this wonderful spot for the new Honda HR-V, in which a team of talented steppers move and groove in perfect formation as the vehicle provides a central focus. While the compact crossover is surprisingly spacious, we doubt it really seats 40 though.

Bottle Pushups

Bottle Pushups

Claudio Stroe is just five years-old, but he can do more pushups that we ever could. And before you say you can do better, did we mention that Claudio does them while balanced on the tops of glass bottles?

Vocal Scratching

Vocal Scratching

We’ve heard beatboxer Tom Thum before, and the sampled loop thing at the beginning of his vertical video shot on a potato is nothing new, but he totally steps it up about a minute in, when we discover that he’s actually a turntable disguised as a human.

Saxophone Echo

Saxophone Echo

Tenor saxophone player Derek Brown shows off the reason why nothing beats the acoustic properties of the real world, rather than electronically-produced echoes, as he plays a little Bach in an abandoned warehouse.

Hotel California A Capella

Hotel California A Capella

Cuban group Vocal Sampling turns in a wild performance of The Eagles’ classic Hotel California, creating not just harmonies, but every musical instrument with their voices. Their version of Every Breath You Take might even be better.

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