Last Chance to register!







Square-All-Inst-300x250(Los Angeles, April 22, 2012) If you play piano, bass or drums and aspire to be a professional musician, here’s your opportunity.  By entering the Inaugural Lee Ritenour and Dave Grusin Rhythm Section Competition you can be one of three musicians chosen to record a track with legendary guitarist Lee Ritenour to be included in his forthcoming album RHYTHM SESSIONS, scheduled for an autumn release on Concord Records.  As winners of the competition, you join the likes of special guest artists appearing on the recording, including:  Oscar and Grammy Award winning musician/composer/producer Dave Grusin, (head of the advisory board of the Rhythm Section Competition), George Duke, Stanley Clarke, Chick Corea, Kurt Elling, Zamajobe, Nathan East, Will Kennedy, Dave Weckl, John Beasley, Sonny Emory, Larry Goldings, and more.

Announced earlier this year, the Rhythm Section Competition marks an expansion of the Yamaha 6 String Theory Guitar Competition founded by Ritenour three years ago, in conjunction with the release of his hit all star recordingSIX STRING THEORY.  The album culminated in being named “Best Album of the Year” by Guitar International, Publisher’s Album of the Year by Jazziz Magazine and Ritenour receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from Guitar Player.   The winners  to date are Canada’s Shon Boublil (2010) and Ireland’s David Murray (2011), who represent the global reach of the competition, which has garnered applicants from over 45 countries.   May 1 also marks the deadline for the 3rd Annual Yamaha 6 String Theory Guitar Competition, which is in partnership with Yamaha, Berklee College of Music, Crown of the Continent Guitar Foundation and the National Guitar Workshop.

Guitar Entries are accepted in the genres of Rock, Blues, Jazz/Fusion, Acoustic, Classical/Flamenco or Country.Rhythm Section Entries in the genres of Jazz, Fusion, Rock, Blues or Contemporary.

Prizes for the Guitar Competition include Berklee College of Music Scholarship, professional recording and mentoring opportunities, a weeklong stay at the four-star Flathead Lake Lodge in Bigfork, MT for a party of two ($8,000 value), a potential Concord Records recording contract, 36 National Guitar Workshop scholarships, 6 Crown of the Continent Scholarships, Cash, Yamaha Guitars & endorsements as well as other prizes from Monster, D’Addario Strings, and others. There is a special cash prize of $2,500 awarded to the Classical Guitar Finalist (courtesy of sponsor James Stroud), as well as $500 cash prize to each of the 6 Guitar Finalists. In addition to recording on Ritenour’s forthcoming album, Rhythm Section prizes include Berklee College of Music Scholarships, Yamaha instruments; professional mentoring; an opportunity to perform at the esteemed Crown of the Continent Guitar Workshop and Festival in Montana Aug. 26-Sept. 2, 2012 and other prizes from Monster.  Total value of 4 prize packages over $600,000.

To further information, to register and for complete contest rules, regulations and prizes

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Shon Boublil- first year winner update- awards, performances


Winner of the first year of the contest, Shon Boublil, in his 2nd year of his @BerkleeCollege of Music scholarship he won from the competition. Shon has been selected to receive the Berklee College of Music, Guitar Department Achievement Award. He was selected to receive this award by the Faculty, Chair(s) and Dean based on his outstanding achievement in major and his contributions to the Guitar department. The award ceremony will be held this month at Berklee.
This picture is from Gravenhurst Ontario where Shon was the opening act for Lee Ritenour last month. Congratulations Shon!

with  Sonny EmoryLee Ritenour Melvin Davis and Jesse Milliner

Register in Guitar, Bass, Drums or Piano/Keyboards by May 1, 2012


***YAMAHA & LEE RITENOUR w/Berklee College of Music host GLOBAL INSTRUMENT COMPETITION in Guitar, Piano/Keyboards, Bass or Drums

Lee Ritenour’s 3rd Annual 6 String Theory Global Music Competition is now accepting entries in Guitar, Piano, Bass or Drums! Winning musicians of the Rhythm Section will record a track on Lee Ritenour’s 2012 Concord Records album starring a ‘who’s who’ of greats such as: Dave Grusin, Nathan East, Will Kennedy, Dave Weckl, George Duke, John Beasley, Sonny Emory, Larry Goldings, Stanley Clarke, Melvin Davis and more.  Guitar & Rhythm player winners will also win Berklee College of Music Scholarships, Yamaha instruments & endorsements, Crown of the Continent & National Guitar Workshop scholarships for guitar finalists + various other prizes. The 4 winners will have a shot at a Concord Records deal plus professional mentoring. Submit 2 YouTube videos online for your chance to win! For registration, info & prize details: till 5/1/12

Sponsors of the competition:  Yamaha; Crown of the Continent Guitar Workshop;  National Guitar Workshop;  Berklee College of Music;  Concord Records; Monster; Premier Guitar; D’Addario String Company; Jazziz Magazine; Music Connection

Lee Ritenour discussing competition:


*Shon Boublil was the 2010 6 String Theory Guitar Grand Prize winner. Shon played a track on Lee Ritneour’s 2010 album “6 String Theory.”  Shon won a 4 year scholarship to Berklee College of Music and is in his 2nd year.

*David Brown Murray was the 2011 6 String Theory Guitar Grand Prize winner. David won a Yamaha endorsement; the feature player at the 2012 National Guitar Workshop; professional mentoring from Lee Ritenour; a week vacation for 4 at Flathead Lake Lodge in MT ($8,000 value) as well as the publicity & promotion from his winning performance at Crown of the Continents Guitar Workshop & Festival 2011.

*This is the first year of the Rhythm Section competition in piano, bass & drums so we’ll have updates on their success next year!



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