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Lee Ritenour’s Six String Theory Competition

Making dreams come true.

Do you play guitar, bass, piano or drums? How would you like to get the opportunity to record at Woodshed Recording Studio in Malibu with Grammy-winning guitarist and producer Lee Ritenour, then perform with him at The Blue Note Tokyo and Festival da Jazz in St. Moritz, Switzerland?

Lee Ritenour playing his nylon-string Silent Guitar on stage with another guitarist playing an electric guitar in the background while standing in front of a projection of the Yamaha logo.

Lee Ritenour performing on a Yamaha SLG200NW Silent Guitar.

How would you like to fly to Los Angeles for the 2019 NAMM® Show — all expenses paid, courtesy of Yamaha? And while you’re at the show, how would you like to demonstrate and perform at the Yamaha exhibit, then perform with Lee at a live NAMM event?

All this and more — including scholarships to the Berklee College of Music — can be yours if you’re selected as one of the nine winners (six guitar, one bass, one piano and one drums) of Lee Ritenour’s Six String Theory Competition, being sponsored by Yamaha for the sixth consecutive time. To enter, all you have to do is submit two YouTube videos for consideration. Registration for this year’s competition closes on May 31, 2018 (early registration ends on March 15), and winners will be announced the first week of June 2018. (Click here for more information.)

Advisory judges include Joe Satriani, Brent Mason, Julian Lage, Guthrie Govan, Steve Lukather, Daryl Stuermer, Harvey Mason, John Beasley, Sonny Emory, Will Kennedy and Dave Grusin, as well as Yamaha Artists Nathan East, John Patitucci, Dave Weckl and Patrice Rushen, who will work with Lee Ritenour to determine the 2018 winners.

Be sure to check out the video below … and good luck!

Lee Ritenour’s Six String Theory Competition is a nonprofit foundation formed with the objective of supporting aspiring musicians with opportunities in professional recording, performing, education, mentoring and prizes.


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