PIANO: Giorgi Mikadze — Tbilisi, Georgia (Boston)
BASS: Dywane Thomas Jr. “MonoNeon” — Tennessee, USA
DRUMS: Kenneth Salters — New York, USA



Piano Winner: Giorgi Mikadze  — Tbilisi, Georgia (Boston)
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Bass Winner: Dywane Thomas Jr. “MonoNeon” — Memphis, TN, USA
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Drum Winner Kenneth Salters — New York, USA
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  • 1st Runner Up: Jordan Rose — New York, USA
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  • 2nd Runner Up: Tito Pascoal — Cascais, Portugal (Tennessee)
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  • 3rd Runner Up: Adrian Cota — Guasave Sinaloa, Mexico
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  • 4th Runner Up: Daniel Nadeau — Massachusetts, USA
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  • 5th Runner Up: Daniel Susnjar — Dianella, Western Australia
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Welcome to the Lee Ritenour Six String Theory Rhythm Section Competition!  We look forward to hearing some diverse and amazing talent from around the world! 

Competition Registration Opens January 15, 2014 and Closes May 15, 2014. Winners Announced June 1, 2014!

We want to see 2 YouTube videos (no more than 5 min/each; no camera stops) of you playing with your band, a solo arrangement, duet performance, or trio that showcases your skills. Instruments are:  Bass, Piano/Keyboards or Drums. Rhythm players may enter in any contemporary music genre such as jazz, blues, r & b, rock, fusion, etc.)  A Rhythm player may register in more than one genre of the rhythm competition but must register with a different email address and pay the $25 registration fee for each. A Rhythm player may also register in the Guitar Competition if he or she plays guitar as well. Lastly, if you are registering as part of a duo or trio in the Rhythm Competition, you will only need one email registration. There will be fields for other players information.

Applicants should be “non-professional” or “semi-professional” defined as not making your full-time, sole income from being a musician (see Rules for further details). We are looking for originality & performance, so send us something unique and inspiring that displays your musicianship and your virtuosity!

How To Sign Up:

  • Prepare 2 videos (5 min maximum per video, no camera stops) and upload them to www.youtube.com.  Before you register,  you should already have uploaded your 2 videos to YouTube and have the links ready to provide during the registration process.
  • It is permissible to submit a solo instrument track as one of the two videos. We do recommend the other video be performing with a band of some configuration.
  • 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.
  • Go to the “SIGN UP” section to fill out our online application and submit your $25 application fee.  On the form, along with your contact information, you will  also provide musical genre,  short BIO of your music history, if you’re interested in Berklee College of Music scholarship, your 2 YouTube video links, etc.
  • Please Note:  When registering, you will be prompted on whether you’re registering as a solo, duo or trio. However, only 1 person out of the duo or trio must register. There will be fields for additional players information under the single registration.


  1. SOLO (Individual) – $25 application fee
  2. DUET (keyboards & bass; drums & bass, or any combination) – $50 application fee
  3. TRIO (keyboards, bass & drums) – $75 application fee

Our panel of Advisory Board judges headed by Dave Grusin will evaluate the videos and determine the winners, who will be announced on or before June 1st, 2014.

If you have any questions, please email: 6stringtheory@gmail.com

Rhythm Section Grand Prizes:

1 Keyboardist, 1 Bassist, 1 Drummer = 3 Rhythm Grand Prize Winners

  • Berklee College of Music Scholarships – The 3 rhythm grand prize winners may be selected by Berklee College of Music to apply for the scholarships. All must meet Berklee eligibility requirements (see Rules & Regulations for details). Applicants do not have to participate in the Berklee scholarship program in order to apply and/or win the Six String Theory Guitar & Rhythm Section Competition.
  • Yamaha Instruments *or comparable models depending on inventory
    • Keyboard Winner- Yamaha Motif Keyboard MOX8
    • Bass Winner- Yamaha Electric Bass BB1024X or BB1025X
    • Drum Winner- Yamaha “Stage Custom Birch” Drum Kit with Hardware
  • The 3 Grand Prize winners will have the opportunity to perform at the 2014 Montreux Jazz Festival. The SST Rhythm winners will perform as the opening band for Lee Ritenour’s performance at MJF along with last year’s MJF guitar competition winner, Leandro Pellegrino. The 4 SST winners (guitar, bass, piano, drums) will also launch the jam sessions at The Club after the concerts each night July 4, 5, 6, and 7th.   Lodging and Accommodations plus Ground Transportation will be provided (travel to Switzerland not provided however there may be travel support funds TBD).
  • Professional Mentoring Sessions with Lee Ritenour provided to 3 grand prize winners. These mentoring sessions will either in person, phone, Skype (subject to scheduling).
  • The opportunity for an exclusive contract with Concord Records (see Section 5- Concord Records Rights)
  • The 3 rhythm grand prize winners will receive a scholarship to the esteemed Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival & Workshop. Lodging and board provided; travel to Bigfork, Montana not provided. The rhythm winners will also have the opportunity to perform, and be the rhythm section (along with the SST guitar winner), at the esteemed Crown of the Continent’s week-long festival and workshop for various events. Dates are August 24-August 31, 2014
  • Diesel Vektr Headphones from Monster

Sign Up

The 2014 competition is now closed. Winners will be announced June 1, 2014.

  • $25 application fee required for solo entries, $50 for duos and $75 for trios.
  • For complete entry requirements, please read the text above.

Click here, for official rules.


Click here for comprehensive Prize information.

  • Berklee College of Music Scholarships
  • An instrument from Yamaha
  • Performance opportunity at the Montreux Jazz Festival
  • Professional Mentoring from Lee Ritenour
  • An opportunity for a Concord Records recording contract
  • Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival & Workshop scholarship.
  • Diesel Vektr Headphones

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