At hour 20 of Yanive Feiner’s 100-hour guitar-playing marathon he was already struggling to push through, but he still had a smile on his face.
“It’s harder than I thought it would be,” he said as he played some Metallica as part of his four-hour-long set.
“I’ve just been in a musical daze for the last 20 hours.”
Feiner, who is also battling a sinus infection, is attempting to play the guitar for 100 hours straight in an effort to raise money for the Nelson Animal Hospital.
Originally, Feiner was going to attempt to break the Guinness World Record, but he wasn’t able to round up enough volunteers to make it official. Four people had to be watching him at all times, according to Guinness evaluators.
But, instead of postponing the marathon, he decided to play on.
“Staying awake is the biggest hurdle,” he said.
Having started at 6 p.m. on Monday, Feiner plans to finish at 2 a.m. Friday morning.
“I’m just going to see how far I can push myself,” he said.
Luckily, Feiner has friends in different time zones all over the country who have stayed up with him into the wee hours on his video blog to keep him company.
He also said eating fresh fruit and having people come visit him in his studio have helped, too.
“Right now it’s really a mental challenge, especially when I’m alone.”
But playing the songs are the least of his problems.
“I wanted to do four hours [in a set] but I ended up with seven,” he said. “They’re just songs I know and I love playing.”
Feiner decided to donate his pledges to the Nelson Animal Hospital (in conjunction with the Second Chance Shelter) because his golden retriever, Brock, had major work done there when the animal ate a sock. Feiner said the hospital saved Brock’s life.
To watch Feiner’s video blog as he completes the marathon, visit blogtv.com/people/supercatstudios.
Donations can be made through Pay Pal to firstname.lastname@example.org or can be dropped off at Super Cat Studios, located behind Oglow’s.