Strumming with no guitar – is it on?


Have you ever found yourself playing guitar… just without the guitar? We think everyone has fallen victim of that socially awkward moment when you’re rocking to your favourite tune on your air guitar, and find yourself being stared at as if you just landed from Mars. Or it could be just us…

This is how our good friend wikipedia defines air guitar(ing):

Playing air guitar is a form of dance and movement in which the performer pretends to play rock or heavy metal-style electric guitar, including riffs, solos, etc. Playing an air guitar usually consists of exaggerated strumming and picking motions and is often coupled with loud singing or lip-synching. Air guitar is generally used in the imaginary simulation of loud electric guitar music.

Yes we know we should never (ever) quote wikipedia as a source, but really this is just some light hearted fun. Thanks to this wiki page we also found out that people have bothered to put up an ‘Air Guitar Contest’! (Gasp here).

That’s right. You read correctly. There is a contest called ‘Air Guitar World Championships’ which has been held annually since 2006. And no, we’re not even joking!

Kevin "Narvalwaker" Leloux at the Airguitar Worldchampionships 2010 in Oulu, Finland

The contest was won most times by Finnish people, a good five times. The rest of the winning entries hail from Japan, America and more recently France. Prizes are gold, silver and bronze medals. In the first edition, the winner took home with him a custom made ‘Flying Finn’ guitar and a Vox BM Special amplifier donated by Queen’s Brian May. If you still don’t believe us here’s a video:

Would you be interested in taking part in such an event? Here at Strummin’ Artists, we find the whole event taken a notch too far. We definitely prefer to rock out on an actual guitar. What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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