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Registration is happening and we want to hear you! If you play #Guitar #Piano #Bass #Drums, this is your chance at amazing professional music opportunities, global travel, pro recording, prizes, scholarships, mentoring and much more! Check it out and register with 2 YouTube videos at

What:  Global, Online Music Competition in Guitar, Bass, Piano and Drums

Where: by May 31, 2018. Early bird discount to March 13, 2018

Who:    Lee Ritenour & his stellar board of Judges evaluate the contestants and determine winners

When:  Registration Open January 15 through May 31, 2018; Winners Announced June 7, 2018

Prize Highlights:

  • Berklee College of Music Scholarships
  • Performance at the Blue Note Tokyo with Lee Ritenour + global travel & lodging
  • Performance at Festival da Jazz in Switzerland + global travel & lodging
  • Recording with Lee Ritenour at the stunning Woodshed Recording Studio in Malibu
  • Perform at NAMM 2019 for Yamaha as Clinicians
  • Global travel to Los Angeles for NAMM and recording + gig in LA
  • Monster and D’Addario Prizes
  • Professional Mentoring with Lee Ritenour

Legendary Musicians will work with Lee Ritenour to determine the 2018 winners include Joe Satriani, Joe Bonamassa, Steve Lukather, John Patitucci, Dave Weckl, Harvey Mason, Patrice Rushen, John Beasley, Sonny Emory, Will Kennedy, Dave Grusin, Nathan East and many others (see website).


Grammy-winning guitarist/producer Lee Ritenour hosts the biennial Six String Theory Competition for the 5th time with applications accepted in Guitar, Bass, Piano/Keyboards and Drums. Registration is open from January 15, 2016 through May 15, 2016 on the website by submitting two YouTube videos. For Guitar, applicants may register in the genres of Rock, Blues, Jazz/Fusion, Acoustic/Country, Classical/Flamenco and Rhythm Guitar which includes Pop, Funk, R&B, and World styles (Brazilian, Latin, African, Island, etc.). For Rhythm Players, any contemporary music style will be accepted such as jazz, fusion, R & B, rock, blues, etc.

Partnering again with Yamaha, Berklee College of Music, Premier Guitar, Blue Note Tokyo, Crown Guitar Workshop & Festival, Monster, Jazziz, D’Addario, True Fire and Guitar HD, the 2016 competition offers incredible professional opportunities and a total prize package value of over $700,000.

Prize highlights for the 2016 competition include: Berklee College of Music Scholarships; performance at the legendary Blue Note Tokyo with Lee Ritenour and up-and-coming All-Star musicians from Japan; recording on Lee Ritenour’s forthcoming album at the stunning Woodshed Recording Studio in Malibu and Scholarships and Performances at Crown Guitar Festival in scenic Montana. Other prizes include travel and hotel for performance and recording opportunities, Yamaha Instruments & Endorsements, Professional Mentoring with Lee Ritenour, Monster and D’Addario prizes.

The Six String Theory Competition is the inspiration of Ritenour, who debuted the International Competition in 2010 with the release of his all-star guitar CD, “6 String Theory.” The guitar-only contest was a great success and the winner, Shon Boublil, recorded a track on “6 String Theory” and won a 4 year scholarship to Berklee College of Music, in which he just graduated in 2015. The guitar contest continued to grow in popularity and scope with another competition in 2011, which guitarist David Murray Browne won. By 2012, the competition expanded to include 3 new instruments: Piano, Bass and Drums and attracted wonderful, diverse talent from over 70 countries. Lee Ritenour’s Six String Theory Competition also became an official non-profit organization with the mission of supporting aspiring musicians towards a professional music career through scholarships, recording, performing, mentoring and prizes.

The 2012 rhythm winners Selim Munir, Hans de Wild, Michael Feinberg, and Demetrius Nabors recorded a track on Lee Ritenour’s Grammy nominated “Rhythm Sessions” starring musicians Chick Corea, George Duke, Stanley Clarke, Patrice Rushen and more. The guitar winner, Karl Marino, is half way done with his Berklee College of Music four year scholarship. The 2014 winners performed at the illustrious Montreux Jazz Festival and the guitar grand prize winner, Tony Pusztai, recorded a track on Ritenour’s “Twist of Rit” album starring greats such as: Academy® & Grammy® winning Dave Grusin, Dave Weckl, John Beasley, and Ernie Watts.

Legendary Advisory Judges will work with Lee Ritenour to evaluate and determine the 2016 winners. Those judges include Joe Satriani, Joe Bonamassa, Keb’ Mo’, Vince Gill, Brent Masen, Pat Martino, John Scofield, Julian Lage, Guthrie Govan, Steve Lukather, Daryl Stuermer John Patitucci, Dave Weckl, Harvey Mason, Patrice Rushen, John Beasley, Sonny Emory, Will Kennedy, Dave Grusin, Nathan East and many others.

Lee Ritenour’s 2014 Six String Theory Global Music Competition!

Do you play Guitar, Bass, Drums or Piano/Keyboards?
If so, this is your chance to win incredible prizes and professional opportunities!
Registration Open Jan. 15, 2014 through May 15, 2014

We’re looking forward to seeing some amazing, diverse playing in guitar, bass, piano and drums from this year’s contestants! Thanks to all our sponsors who are making possible the 2014 Six String Theory Competition with a total prize package value of over $600,000!
Applicants accepted in Guitar, Bass, Piano/Keyboards or Drums. Rhythm players may apply as solo, duo or trio.
Register here 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, 2014.
Guitar Entries will be accepted in the genres of Rock, Blues, Jazz/Fusion, Acoustic, Classical/Flamenco or Country.
Rhythm Section Entries may perform in any contemporary music style (such as jazz, fusion, rock, blues, R & B, etc.).
Prizes include: Berklee College of Music Scholarships, Yamaha Instruments & Endorsements, Perform at an event at Montreux Jazz Festival in July 2014, Professional Mentoring, Crown of the Continent Guitar Workshop & Festival Scholarships & Performing, Monster & D’Addario prizes (see Guitar Competition & Rhythm Competition pages for further details)
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.

An applicant may register in both the guitar competition and rhythm competition but each would need a separate registration. Rhythm players (bass, piano/keys, drus) in a duo or trio register as a group; see Rhythm Competition page for details).

For more details visit


As we are having the 1st anniversary of our debut release we are giving our friends a small gift – a link do download the full Art of Silence album – link is valid for 48 hrs.

To celebrate the release of Lee Ritenour‘s new album Rhythm Sessions, Concord Music Group is teaming up with Yamaha, Monster, Premier Guitar, Music Connection and D’Addario to give away some amazing prizes. One lucky fan will win a Yamaha AC3R guitar signed by Lee Ritenour. Other prizes include subscriptions to Music Connection Magazine + Premier Guitar Magazine, Monster Miles Davis Headphones and guitar strings from D’Addario. Everyone who wins will also get a copy of Rhythm Sessions by Lee Ritenour. Sign up by 1/10/13 for your chance to win!

Here is the link to this contest.

Entertainment Cruise Productions “Win A Free Cabin Program” – A $5,600 Value.

Now celebrating its 10th Anniversary, The Smooth Jazz Cruise, is the premiere cruise program for this genre. With more artists, more musicians, more events and parties than any other music cruise, The Smooth Jazz Cruise richly deserves the title “The Greatest Party at Sea!”

All past sailings of the cruise have been sell outs, so do not hesitate to book either Week 1 or Week 2. We look forward to seeing you on The Smooth Jazz Cruise 2013!

Join us on the luxurious Holland America m/s Westerdam, January 13 – 20, 2013 or January 20 – 27, 2013 for The Smooth Jazz Cruise.

Ports of Call: Cozumel | Belize City | Key West

Contest Rules:

  1. The contest is open to all entrants at least 21 years of age or older.
  2. The prize is not redeemable in cash and must be accepted as awarded.
  3. Decisions of the contest judges are final. No substitutions will be available.
  4. By claiming the prize, the winner authorizes the use, without additional compensation of his or her name and/or likeness for any and all advertising or promotional purposes (including, but not limited to, radio broadcasts, newsletters, or on and/or
  5. In accepting the prize, the winner and guest acknowledges that Jazz Cruises and any respective affiliates, employees agents and/or representatives may not be held liable for any loss, damages or injury associated with accepting or using this prize.
  6. This contest is subject to all federal, provincial and municipal laws.
  7. Prize includes the cabin, regularly scheduled meals on the ship, all shows and events open to the cruising public, and does not include any transportation to and from the port of embarkation, ground transportation, port charges, taxes, and gratuities. Winner is responsible for all on-board purchases and excursions during the cruise.
  8. One entry per person.

Now follow this link and win your free cabin.


Back by popular demand, Lee Ritenour launches the 3rd Annual Yamaha 6 String Theory Guitar Competition on Jan. 21, 2012, in partnership with Yamaha, Berklee College of Music, Crown of the Continent Guitar Foundation and the National Guitar Workshop. 2012 marks the expansion of the competition to include the Inaugural Lee Ritenour & Dave Grusin Rhythm Section Competition.

Oscar® award winning and 2012 Grammy® nominated, Dave Grusin, is head of the Advisory Board for the Rhythm Section competition. Adding 3 new instruments to the competition: Piano, Bass and Drums, the contest grows to reach thousands of aspiring and upcoming new musicians from around the world. The contest kicks off January 21, 2012 and ends May 1, 2012.

The competition is the inspiration of legendary Grammy® award winning guitarist/composer and producer, Lee Ritenour, who debuted the International competition in 2010 with the release of his all-star guitar CD, 6 String Theory. The CD has been named Guitar International’s “Best Album of the Year,” Jazziz’ “Publisher’s Album of the Year” – and culminated in Ritenour receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from Guitar Player Magazine.

The CD features 20 world-class guitarists including George Benson, BB King, Slash, Vince Gill, Robert Cray, and the winner of the 2010 competition Shon Boublil. Lee Ritenour’s 2012 album, tentatively titled “Rhythm Sessions” will feature a ‘who’s who’ of all-star rhythm players, as well as a track with the winners of the 2012 rhythm section competition.

The contest continued to flourish in 2011 garnering hundreds of applicants from over 45 countries and giving 36 semifinalists the opportunity to compete and study at the world-renowned National Guitar Workshop. The 6 finalists attended the esteemed Crown of the Continents Guitar Workshop and Festival where the Final Competition took place. Our 2011 winner, David Browne Murray, is a talented acoustic guitarist from Ireland.

With the success of the previous two competitions, it was a natural progression to expand the contest to include piano, bass and drums as well as guitar. Guitar Entries will be accepted in the genres of Rock, Blues, Jazz/Fusion, Acoustic, Classical/Flamenco or Country. Rhythm Section Entries will be accepted in the genres of Jazz, Fusion, Rock, Blues or Contemporary.

Competitors are required to send an online video submission at Prizes for the Guitar Competition include Berklee College of Music Scholarships, 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. Rhythm Section prizes include Berklee College of Music Scholarships, Yamaha instruments; professional mentoring; an opportunity to record on Lee Ritenour’s forthcoming album with Concord Music Group scheduled for release May 2012; 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 register and for complete contest rules, regulations and prizes visit

Got some funk? Bring it! Got some jazz? Bring that too. Bring what you got and mix it up with Brian Culbertson. Brian has posted the original studio tracks to “It’s Time” from his twelfth CD aptly titled “XII”.

Download the tracks and add your own musical genius. Add vocals, your own guitar solo, some horns — whatever you feel. Or remix it. Collaborate with others and just go crazy. Creativity will be rewarded with awesome prizes! To join the contest visit Brian’s website.

Amazing Prizes!

  • Lewitt Audio – LCT 640 multi-pattern condenser microphone ($800 value!)
  • Luna Guitars – Top-of-the-line electric or acoustic guitar
  • Mogami Cables – Enough professional instrument cables to outfit a typical home Studio!
  • PreSonus – The NEW release of Studio One, launching October 2011
  • JamHub – JamHub’s amazing silent rehearsal studio device (Bedroom model)
  • Autographed Brian Culbertson CDs
  • Distrophonix – 1,000 custom audio cards for your music
  • Mason & Hamlin – A limited edition leather coat

Last night on American Idol, saxophonist Mindi Abair performed live with contestant Paul McDonald. Steven Tyler, after McDonald’s performance last night, said, “Forget about you, who’s your sax player”?

So who is Mindi Abair?

Mindi is a woman instrumentalist in a man’s world – with her own hits on the Billboard charts alongside jazz greats like Herbie Hancock and George Benson. Mindi has long dedicated herself to education and breaking down musical barriers, and along the way, she’s found her own voice as a solo artist. Her latest CD is In Hi-Fi Stereo.

Mindi started her career with the Backstreet Boys, playing keyboards, saxophone and percussion. She was soon touring and recording with Duran Duran, Keb’ Mo’, Teena Marie, and other stars. She performed on Adam Sandler’s record What’s Your Name?, and she will be sharing the big screen with Sandler and Jennifer Aniston soon in a movie called Just Go With It. (She will be playing herself as a wedding band member.)

“Many more women come to my shows than men,” she says. “As women, we respect seeing other women doing something different and doing it well. I have women bring all their girlfriends and just have a girls night out. It’s great that women are standing together and cheering each other on.”

Source:  Concord Records

All remaining cabins may be reserved at this time for either week of the cruise. Now is the time to secure your special cabin for The Smooth Jazz Cruise 2012. Start your reservation here.

For all friends of smooth jazz, here is a special gift for you:

Win A Free Class VA Outside Cabin For 2 On Smooth Jazz Cruise 2012 – Week 2 – Contest Ends Wednesday 8/31/11

Go to facebook (Smooth Jazz Spot) under the topic discussions you will find the contest. Hurry before it is too late.