Lee Ritenour’s Six String Theory Competition 2016 is back for the 5th run of our biennial, online music competition open to anyone world-wide in Guitar, Bass, Keyboards or Drums.

Registration Opens for Applicants on January 15, 2016 and Closes on May 15, 2016.

Enter Competition

  • Register with 2 YouTube Videos of you playing (see Guitar & Rhythm competition pages for details).
  • All judging will be through the Advisory Board Judges viewing the submitted videos. Winners will be announced June 1, 2016.
  • Guitar Entries will be accepted in the genres of Rock, Blues, Jazz/Fusion, Acoustic/Country, Classical/Flamenco and Rhythm Guitar. Details about each category are in the Guitar section here. Guitar applicants may register in more than one genre but must provide separate email and registration for each genre.
  • Rhythm Section Entries may perform in any contemporary music style but not classical. Competitors are required to register on this site and submit 2 YouTube videos. Rhythm players may apply as solo, duo or trio under one registration (see Rhythm Competition page).
  • Backing Tracks – both guitar and rhythm applicants may use backing tracks. Preferably they would be original backing tracks (or by musicians associated with the applicant) to demonstrate originality and style. But technically an applicant may use backing tracks that aren’t original.
  • It is recommended, however not required, that one of the two videos submitted be performing live with other musicians. It doesn’t have to be a public event. It gives the judges an idea on how you play with other musicians.
  • An applicant may register in both the guitar competition and rhythm competition but each would need a separate registration. Guitar applicants may also register in more than one guitar genre but would require separate registration as well. However, Rhythm players (bass, piano/keys, drums) in a duo or trio register as a group under one registration.
  • If you’ve registered for the competition in a previous year (or even won as a finalist), you may register again. Former grand prize winners may not re-apply.

We’re looking forward to seeing some amazing, diverse playing from this year’s contestants!

The mission of Lee Ritenour’s Six String Theory competition is to support aspiring musicians towards a professional music career through scholarships, recording, performing, mentoring and prizes.

Thanks to our legendary Advisory Board judges, a veritable who’s who of greats. Big thanks to our sponsors who are making possible the 2016 Six String Theory Competition.

Guitar Competition

Lee Ritenour's Six String Theory Guitar Competition 2016

Registration Opens for Applicants on January 15, 2016 and Closes on May 15, 2016.

Enter Competition

Rhythm Competition

Lee Ritenour's Six String Theory Rhythm Competition 2016

Registration Opens for Applicants on January 15, 2016 and Closes on May 15, 2016.

Enter Competition

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