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What is the Guitar Guinness Record? 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.

The greatest online guitar orchestra playing on Friday! The Guitarist's Companion

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The 18th edition of the Guitar Record starts this Friday, 1st May, and for the first time ever will be held entirely online. This year we will play the legendary "Hey Joe" at home, in the windows, on balconies and in the gardens. Despite its distinct formula, the festival brings together such eminent artists as Jennifer Batten, Stan Skibby, LeBurn Maddox, Jan Borysewicz, Wojciech Pilichowski, Budka Suflera and Sebastian Riedel. The Record will also feature a charity action in support of the ZOBACZ MNIE Foundation. The live broadcast launches on 1st May at 12:00 p.m. via www.heyjoe.pl.

The biggest world guitar orchestra online will be conducted by Leszek Cichoński!

The Guitarist's Companion – we are playing in the windows, gardens and on the balconies!

Niezbednik Gitarzysty infografika enDuring this year's edition we are not meeting at Wrocław's Market Square. Instead, inspired by Italy and Spain, we will play at home, on our balconies and in the gardens. To participate in the World Guitar Record Online and play "Hey Joe" by Jimi Hendrix, all you need is a guitar and elementary knowledge of the five basic chords: C/G/D/A/E. You can find the chords to the songs on the festival's official website in the HOW TO PLAY tab. All types of guitars and other string instruments are allowed. You can also join the fun with other instruments, such as violin or harmonica. Please submit your application on 1st May to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . The registration cards are available for download on the festival's official website. Submitting the application form is tantamount to receiving the Guitarist Certificate. The organisers encourage the participants to send pictures and videos (recorded horizontally) of them playing together to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and share them on the event's Facebook page and Instagram. The live streaming starts on 1st May at 12:00 pm at www.heyjoe.pl. The rehearsals are scheduled for 2 and 3 p.m. As every year, we break the record at 4 p.m.

Playing for Hendrix, Lipko and... the medical staff

Among the outstanding guitarists who will perform online as the greatest guitar orchestra on 1st May is Jennifer Batten, well known for her collaboration with Michael Jackson, and Stan Skibby, Jimi Hendrix' double. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Hendrix's death – during the Guitar Record we will hear his greatest hits, including "Hey Joe", "Foxy Lady" and "Voodoo Child". The members of the band Budka Suflera – Mietek Jurecki and Tomasz Zeliszewski, together with Bart Sosnowski, will perform the song "Jest taki samotny dom" in tribute to Romuald Lipko. Sebastian Riedel will sing "W życiu piękne są tylko chwile" – one of the most beautiful Polish rock hits. The song will be dedicated to medical personnel around the world. Artists who have also confirmed their participation in the World Guitar Record include LeBurn Maddox, Jan Borysewicz, Jose Torres, Piotr Łukaszewski, Łukasz Łyczkowski, Wojciech Pilichowski, Marco Bartoccioni and Michael Molenda.

RECORD aid!

The World Guitar Record will be accompanied by a charity action for seriously ill children under the care of the ZOBACZ MNIE Foundation. Everyone who makes a donation of minimum 25 PLN will get a chance to win a unique guitar designed by Szymon Chwalisz, the maker of the legendary Woodstock guitars. The artist's special design work painted on the guitar depicts the deserted market square in Wrocław during the time of quarantine – the place that has been gathering thousands of people for years today stands empty as never before. The prize draw will take place on 8th May! For details, please visit www.zobaczmnie.org and www.heyjoe.pl.

This year's Guinness Guitar Record will be marked as a "special online edition": regardless of the result, next year we will still need a minimum of 7 424 guitars to break the record.

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