It’s no American Idol, but it’s a competition nonetheless. And for this one you don’t have to pretend to be Mariah Carey or Luther Vandross. You do have to play the guitar though. Noted contemporary jazz guitarist Lee Ritenour is overseeing the Yamaha Six String Theory Guitar Competition and the deadline for submissions has been extended to February 10, 2010.
The endgame for the competition includes a special guest appearance on an album to be released on Concord Records, String Theory in the spring/summer of 2010. The grand prize winner will be featured as a special guest on the album that will star prominent guitarists, including Ritenour, George Benson, BB King, Steve Lukather and John Scofield. Additional artists are expected to be announced later.
The grand prize winner will also receive a four year, fully paid tuition to the prestigious Berklee College of Music. Yamaha Corporation is awarding three guitar endorsements plus six high-end guitars to the top winners, one in each of the six categories and the top winners will also be awarded a host of prizes by the participating sponsors.
How to Submit:
• Contestants can submit videos online from anywhere in the world to the Six String site.
• You can enter the contest in one of six categories: Rock, Blues, Jazz/Fusion, Country, Acoustic, or Classical/Flamenco.
• Six finalists will be chosen by a panel of top online judges including Lee Ritenour and will compete in a live performance to determine the grand prize winner on March 22, 2010 at The Broad Stage in Los Angeles.