WHAT IS THE WORLD GUITAR RECORD?
Each year, on May 1st, thousands of guitarists from all over the world come to Wroclaw’s Market Square to set a new Guitar World Record playing together. Join the biggest guitar orchestra in the world! Play with us on the 1st of May!
The annual guitar festival is most of all an occasion for collective play, meetings and exchange of experience, and during this event, an attempt to break the Guinness record is made.
It was Leszek Cichonski’s idea to try to break the Guitar Guinness Record when in 1997 he found himself on stage with 17 other guitarists playing “Hey Joe” during the “Blues Express” workshop. The idea for such an undertaking had been developing for several years, until it was finally accepted as worthwhile. It originated in the desire to make something very big and it was the first and most important step to finally breaking the world record!
On 10th of May 2003, “Hey Joe” was played by 588 guitarists in unison! Each year the numbers were successively rising: the year 2004 – 916 guitarists, in 2005 we crossed the magic one thousand barrier with quite a frank margin. Exactly 1201 guitarists played at that time. Later was more and more…
In 2019, the year before pandemic, is was 7 423 guitarists playing together in Wroclaw!
In 2020, the Guitar Record was held entirely online. As many as 7,998 guitarists from all over the world gathered to play „Hey Joe” from their homes, gardens and balconies. The participants submitted over 5,000 photos and videos, and the concert broadcast attracted a total of over 110 thousand viewers, from Poland to Spain, UK and the United States.. – music has no borders!
This year the 20th edition of one of the greatest guitar music festivals will take place on May 1st. at the Wrocław Market Square.
We have a chance to beat the Guitar World Record again! That is a thrilling challenge.
We need 7 423 guitars (or ukuleles) and… you!
Wrocław guitar meeting is also a great occasion to participate in the Concert of the Stars with real guitar legends like Deep Purple, Al Di Meola, Ten Years After, Tommy Emmanuel, Europe, The Animals, Steve Vai, Slade, Status Quo and Polish stars like Perfect, Dżem, TSA or Acid Drinkers and many more
More information soon. Stay tuned!
GUITAR WORLD RECORD 2022 – Play with us!
After two years of stagnation caused by the pandemic, the World’s Largest Guitar Orchestra now returns to its place!
On May 1st, 2022, we will once more meet in Wrocław Market Square and play together for the 20th time!
On the occasion of the anniversary, many new guitar attractions are being prepared and it is worth being with us from the very beginning of the event.
We start with the registration of participants, from 10 AM at various registration points around the Market Square. All registration formalities will be arranged on the spot – no prior notification is required. You simply need to present your official ID card, school ID or other such document in order to register. You do not have to be over the age of eighteen to play with us. Participation in breaking the Guitar World Record is FREE!
Upon registration, you will receive both a participant’s ID in the form of a wristband and an official 2022 record-holder certificate. You will also be able to buy T-shirts and other festival gadgets in addition to discounted tickets to celebrity concerts.
To participate in the Guitar World Record, all you need is to have a guitar and know how to play just the five basic chords: C / G / D / A / E which are essential to the Jimi Hendrix composition, „Hey Joe”.
All types of guitars are accepted for the record – acoustic, classical, electric and bass. Mandolins, banjos and ukuleles are also allowed. For electric guitarists, a special sector with the possibility of connecting to electricity will be prepared, it is advisable to take an extension cord with a splitter. The Guitar Dwarfs Zone will be prepared for the youngest guitarists.
Concerts of invited guests and group performances will begin at 10 AM. Several stages will be used, and every guitar lover will be sure to find something interesting for him or herself. Exact information about the details of the programme will be available soon.
Instructions for learning the songs that we will play together on May 1st can be found at: www.leszekcichonski.pl/rozgrzewka
While it is advisable to learn all the songs, the most important is the combined performance of „Hey Joe” – as this is the song that is counted for the Guitar World Record.
The strict deadline for registration of participants is 3.45 PM, after which there will be a general rehearsal of the joint performance of „Hey Joe”. However, please do not wait for the last minute to register!
At 4 PM punctually we will proceed to the OFFICIAL ATTEMPT to establish a new GUITAR WORLD RECORD A.D. 2022!
At approximately 4:15 PM, the official 2022 result will be announced. There will then be an encore before ending the Market Square event.
The Concert of the Stars as part of the 3-MAJÓWKA 2022 festival, which accompanies this year’s Record, will then begin at 5.00 p.m.
In the Centennial Hall and Pergola complex at 1 Wystawowa Str., there will be performances from DIRE STRAITS LEGACY – a band made up of musicians from the original line-up of Dire Straits and Polish stars: DŻEM, LUXTORPEDA and NOCNY KOCHANEK.
The participation in the festival on May 2 and 3 have also been confirmed: EPICA – a Dutch symphonic metal star, KORPIKLAANI – a folk-metal group from Finland, MORCHEEBA – a trip hop legend from London and Polish stars: KULT, PIDŻAMA PORNO, ØRGANEK, ARTUR ROJEK, DARIA ZAWIAŁOW, NOSOWSKA, MERY SPOLSKY and BRODKA.
For guitarists breaking the Record, tickets for concerts at reduced prices will be prepared.
Discounted tickets will be available only during registration of participants and will be valid only with the band of the participant of the Guitar World Record 2022 – they cannot be transferred to other persons.
A special public transport will run between the Wrocław Market Square, where the attempt to establish a new Guitar World Record takes place, and the Pergola. Trams will depart from the stop at the underground passage on Świdnicka Street every 5 minutes, starting from 4.30 pm. For guitarists, the ride is free.
Guitars and amplifiers can be left in the Guitar Storehouse in the Centennial Hall.
For guitarists from outside Wrocław, there is a Festival Tent Field at 9 Wróblewskiego Str., about 400 meters from the Centennial Hall and the Pergola (e-mail: [email protected]).
We invite guitarists to take commemorative photos from Wrocław – post them on the web with the hashtag #gitarowyrekord. Please also take your photos with a guitar inviting you to break the Guitar Record and put them on the web with hashtags: #gitarowyrekord and #zagram1maja.
During the guitar event on the Market Square, we will connect online with partner centres abroad, where events supporting the Guitar World Record 2022 will be held. Our website will be broadcasting throughout the event – please tell your friends both in Poland and abroad to watch the guitar feast live in Wroclaw.
If you forget something, don’t worry – our volunteers will help you with everything!
See you on May 1, 2022 in Wrocław = the City of Guitar!
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HOW TO PLAY
This year we will try to play collectively 9 songs:
Smoke on the water,
Red House Blues
Kiedy byłem małym chłopcem (When I was a little boy)
The additional song this year will be the composition by Bob Dylan Like A Rolling Stone, which was performed many times by Jimi Hendrix. It will be performed with us by Muniek Staszczyk ! Of course the mandatory song to be checked for the Guinness Record still remains Hey Joe.
If you play just a little on the electric or acoustic guitar, learn the five simple chords of Hey Joe, which we give below, come with your instrument on May 1st to the Wroclaw Town Square. Play the hits by Hendrix along with the biggest guitar orchestra in the world under the direction of Leszek Cichoński.
„Hey Joe” – record song
For the ones that do not know the chords we give the grips in the song:
4/4 ||: C G | D A | E | E |
II: F#m I A I H :II a w refrenie II: F#m I E I H :II
Video clip for the track 'Foxy Lady’ from the album 'Thanks Jimi – Tribute To Jimi Hendrix’ by Leszek Cichonski & Guitar Workshop featuring Stan Skibby and Anika.
We performed this song arranged by Leszek Cichoński for the first time together in 2010. There is no registered version from the Guitar Record but you can play along those chords with the recording of Voodoo Child from the club concert of Cichoński band.
||: E DA | E DA | E DA | E DA II
||: E DA | E DA | E DA | E DA |
| E DA | E DA | E DA | E DA |
| G | A | E DA | E DA |
| C7 | D7 | E DA | E DA :||
„Smoke on the water”
In 2009 „Smoke on the water” was played along with Steve Morse from Deep Purple.
In the song “Smoke on the water” we can use the chords of the “power chords” type , the same as in the diagrams: G http://www.cichonski.art.pl/guinness2/images/powerG.htm
G I F I C I AB
4/4 II: Em I G I Am I Em7 I Hm B I Am C I G F I C D I D II 2/4 D :II
(Do not be afraid of I 2/4 D :II at the end – that is a tact “two fourths” – that is how Jimi made it and this is the version we will try to keep)
Wild Thing is one of the most rock songs of the songs played at the Town Square. Take a look at the version from 2010 sung by Maciek Balcar:
4/4 ||: A D | E D | A D | E D || A D | E D | A D | E D | A D | E D | A D | E G A G ||
A | (A) G A G | A | (A) G A G | A | (A) G A G | A | (A) :||
This is a composition by Leszek Cichoński dedicated to Jimi Hendrix.
You can find the compilation of that song in our download section.
Acoustic guitars come in right from the start that is right after the stab, and the electric guitars at the chorus meaning the stronger – louder part. We play the ending solo quint.
„Kiedy byłem małym chłopcem (When I was a little boy)”
The father of Polish Blues – Tadeusz Nalepa passed away in 2007. Since May 1st 2007 we have been playing his hit “Kiedy byłem małym chłopcem (When I was a little boy)”.
||: Am | Am | Am | Am | D7 | D7 | Am | Am | E7 | D7 | Am | Am :||
this is a traditional 12-tact blues form, which you came to know in the „Speedy Blues Course”.