April 19, 2015 4:29 PM EDT

More than 1,100 ukulele players gathered in Los Angeles to play in what they hoped would be the world’s largest ever ukulele ensemble.

But despite the fun atmosphere as they strummed along to the Ukulele standard “Pua i Ka Ua,” the Los Angeles Times reported. The group fell short of the Guinness record by about more than half.

Saturday’s attempt, which included people from both local communities and faraway places like Taiwan and Honolulu, was the city’s second annual bid to break the current record held by Hampshire County in England, which grouped together 2,370.

[Los Angeles Times]

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