Yamaha Announces 4th Bi-Annual Lee Ritenour Six String Theory Competition 2014

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Registration open through May 15, 2014: total prize package more than $600,000.

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"2014 promises to be a banner year for the growth of our competition," said Ritenour.

Yamaha today announced its continued support for Legendary GRAMMY® winning guitarist/producer Lee Ritenour’s 4th Bi-Annual Six String Theory Competition.

The Six String Theory Competition is an anticipated contest for aspiring musicians, providing them with professional and recording opportunities, educational scholarships, mentoring and prizes. Previous winners have had the opportunity to professionally record on Ritenour’s albums and attend the Berklee College of Music on a full four-year scholarship.

The competition debuted in 2010 with the release of Ritenour’s all-star guitar recording SIX STRING THEORY and by popular demand, expanded to include bass, piano/keyboard and drums with the release of RHYTHM SESSIONS in 2012.

Registration is open from January 15, 2014 through May 15, 2014. All applicants must submit two YouTube videos via the website, http://www.sixstringtheory.com. Guitar applicants may register in the genres of rock, blues, jazz/fusion, acoustic, classical/flamenco and country. For Rhythm Players, any contemporary music style will be accepted including jazz, fusion, R&B, rock, blues and others. To access video of contest guidelines narrated by Lee Ritenour and filmed by Yamaha, please see the links below.

"2014 promises to be a banner year for the growth of our competition," said Ritenour. "I look forward to working with all of these talented musicians, mentoring them and giving them the opportunity to experience what the world of a professional musician encompasses."

Partnering with Yamaha, Berklee College of Music, Montreux Jazz Festival, Blue Note, Tokyo, Crown of the Continents Guitar Workshop and Festival, Monster, Premier Guitar, JAZZIZ, Music Connection, Concord Records and D’Addario, the competition continues to grow and for 2014 offers a total prize package value of more than $600,000.

Four grand prize winners (one in each instrument) will get to perform at a venue at the 2014 Montreux Jazz Festival. The Six String Theory guitar grand prize winner will perform with Ritenour and other guitar legends at the "Legends of Guitar" concert at Montreux, to be filmed in HD. Additional prizes awarded include: four full Berklee College of Music scholarships; the Guitar finalist will be able to record on Ritenour’s forthcoming 2014 Concord album; Yamaha instruments and endorsements; Crown of the Continent Guitar Workshop Scholarships; and more.

Advisory Board Judges will work with Ritenour to evaluate and determine the four winners. The judges include ACADEMY® and GRAMMY® award-winning musician/composer/producer Dave Grusin, along with John Patitucci, Dave Weckl, Harvey Mason, Patrice Rushen, John Beasley, Sonny Emory, Will Kennedy, Daniel Jobim, Alan Pasqua, Melvin Lee Davis, Tom Kennedy, Nathan East, Simon Phillips, Chris Coleman, Gary Novak and several notable guitarists.

About Yamaha

Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA) is one of the largest subsidiaries of Yamaha Corporation, Japan and offers a full line of award-winning musical instruments, sound reinforcement and home entertainment products to the U.S. market. Products include: Yamaha acoustic, digital and hybrid pianos, portable keyboards, guitars, acoustic and electronic drums, band and orchestral instruments, marching percussion products, synthesizers, professional digital and analog audio equipment, Steinberg recording products and Nexo commercial audio products, as well as AV receivers, amplifiers, Blu-ray/CD players, iPod docking systems, home-theater-in-a-box systems, earphones, headphones, sound bars, and its exclusive line of Digital Sound Projectors. YCA markets innovative, finely crafted technology and entertainment products and musical instruments targeted to the hobbyist, education, worship, professional music, installation and consumer markets.

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