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Jazz Guitarist Lee Ritenour Announces Global Music Competition

Acclaimed jazz guitarist [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Lee Ritenour[/lastfm], a.k.a. “Captain Fingers,” has announced big plans to help aspiring musicians young and old help get on the right track to make their musical career dreams come true.

Lee’s 3rd Annual Yamaha 6 String Theory Guitar Competition aims to help give exposure to non-professional musicians and a shot at a Concord Records deal, music scholarships, prize packages and even a opportunity to play on Lee’s new project, Rhythm Sessions!

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Lee recently joined us for a conversation about his 3rd annual Yamaha 6 String Theory Guitar Competition that’s calling for submissions from talented musicians around the globe for a chance to win a record deal, prizes and much more. He explains the story behind starting this competition while working on his 6 String Theory album and getting inspiration to create a competition based on all kinds of musicians promoting themselves on YouTube.

“You see all these amazing young musicians with their YouTube videos, and thought ‘how cool it would be to have a YouTube-type contest where everyone sends in their music videos to and the winner gets to play on the record’,” says Lee.

After the huge success and response of the first competition in 2010, where the 16-year-old winner was given a scholarship to Berkley College of Music, Lee continued on with his unique contest that gives so many an opportunity to receive formal music education.

He calls music education “the only insurance policy a musician has is better educated is the more education the deeper you can dig when times change…if you want to be in the music business for your whole career, then music education is everything.”

“There’s so many talented young music around the world,” explains Lee. “Through my 6 String Guitar, and now in this year in 2012, we’ve enlarged it to include piano, bass and drums, so now we have four instruments.”

The contest is open to musicians of all levels, 16+ from around the world. The submissions will be judge by music greats Dave Grusin, Lee Ritenour, Patrice Rushen, John Patitucci, Daniel Jobim, Alan Pasqua, Dave Weckl, Harvey Mason, Nathan East, Oscar Seaton, Simon Phillips, Sonny Emory, Will Kennedy, Chris Coleman, Gary Novak.

The prizes include scholarships to Berkley College of Music, Yamaha instruments, a shot at a Concord Records deal, scholarships to music summer camps and guitar workshops, and the chance to play on Lee Ritenour’s upcoming project, Rhythm Sessions, along with many other acclaimed musicians.

For details on how/where to send in YouTube videos showing off your musical talents for the judges’ consideration, see the information below.

3rd Annual Yamaha 6 String Theory Guitar Competition event details:

WHAT: The 2012 Yamaha 6 String Theory Guitar Competition and the Lee Ritenour/Dave Grusin Rhythm Section Competition

WHEN: Contest Registration Begins January 21- Ends May 1, 2012
Recording Sessions and Workshops begin end of May 2012 through August 2012

WHERE: Register at:

WHY: Supporting Aspiring Musicians towards a Professional Music Career through Education, Recording, Performing, Mentoring, Label Access and Prizes

Listen to our full conversation with Lee Ritenour to hear more information on the global music competition, his new project and more.


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