A Guinness World Record attempt to hold the longest ever guitar lesson is taking place today at London City Island.
More than 200 Londoners will take part in the 24–hour lesson at Trinity Art Gallery before moving to Trinity Square for a mass gig where the final song will be played in unison.
Open to all levels and abilities funds raised from the project will allow The Guitar Social, which is hosting the record bid, to extend a course specifically designed to help the visually impaired learn to play the guitar and experience the joy of making music. One such beneficiary is 96-year-old Mary who is partially blind and has just played her first gig.
Thomas Binn, founder of The Guitar Social, says: “Our classes are about reducing social isolation, raising self-esteem and connecting communities that are too often ignored by the arts world.
“We decided to use this event to showcase the power of music and to rally support for those who really need it. We hope Londoners will come and join in the fun of this momentous occasion!’’
The Guitar Social works to get novice musicians out of their bedrooms and on to a stage.