@ Rainer, Eddy and Monica
If you're allowed to create your own favourable circumstances, and play partial scales which need only a fixed hand position, such as C D E F G F E D repeated continuously, I'm sure you could easily play sixteenths at 160bpm. That's 672 keys a minute with one hand. It might take a little training to keep this up for a whole minute, but that's the record already beaten. But you have two hands and can therefore easily achieve 1344 hits a minute.
I (and you) can play 10-12 keys at one instant using fingers only. Play them repetitively in diatonic fashion and it adds up very quickly. Throw in some octave or double-handed glissandi and one could top a thousand easily I would think.
That's interesting, Riley. Thanks for the info. But yes, it seems like a sort of wishy-washy world record. They should have shown video or something like that.
I agree. A video would be helpful in this case. Or if not a video then at least an audio recording ( but we wouldn't want them to submit it to the audition room
Rainer, you're right- my original sense of awe was indeed misguided..
I did a little experiment with a site that has a tap counter: http://www.all8.com/tools/bpm.htm
(the "timing taps" function is what counts the letters)
Eddy, you are exactly right--I timed a minute and I found I could easily
"play" 1000+ keys. And I don't mean piano keys, I mean the typing keyboard on my laptop
But how much different is it? Aside from the fact that a computer keyboard doesn't have the action of a grand piano,
that typing letters does not produce harmonic tones, I don't think its much different at all. So bottom line, 669 is not a very impressive record.
Now we will all have to draw straws -- who among us is going to apply to the guiness book of world records and take the crown?