Air guitar

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Joe Cocker's signature movements helped lead to air guitar Joe cocker.jpg
Joe Cocker's signature movements helped lead to air guitar
Nanami "Seven Seas" Nagura, Air Guitar World Champion 2014 in Oulu, Finland on August 29th. Nanami.jpg
Nanami "Seven Seas" Nagura, Air Guitar World Champion 2014 in Oulu, Finland on August 29th.

Air guitar is a form of dance and movement in which the performer pretends to play an imaginary rock or heavy metal-style electric guitar, including riffs, solos, etc. Playing an air guitar usually consists of exaggerated strumming and picking motions and is often coupled with loud singing or lip-synching. Air guitar is generally used in the imaginary simulation of loud electric or acoustic guitar music.

Imagination Creative ability

Imagination is the ability to produce and simulate novel objects, peoples and ideas in the mind without any immediate input of the senses. It is also described as the forming of experiences in the mind, which can be re-creations of past experiences such as vivid memories with imagined changes or that they are completely invented. Imagination helps make knowledge applicable in solving problems and is fundamental to integrating experience and the learning process. A basic training for imagination is listening to storytelling (narrative), in which the exactness of the chosen words is the fundamental factor to "evoke worlds".

Rock music is a broad genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the United States in the early 1950s, and developed into a range of different styles in the 1960s and later, particularly in the United States and the United Kingdom. It has its roots in 1940s and 1950s rock and roll, a style which drew heavily from the genres of blues, rhythm and blues, and from country music. Rock music also drew strongly from a number of other genres such as electric blues and folk, and incorporated influences from jazz, classical and other musical styles. Musically, rock has centered on the electric guitar, usually as part of a rock group with electric bass, drums, and one or more singers. Usually, rock is song-based music usually with a 4/4 time signature using a verse–chorus form, but the genre has become extremely diverse. Like pop music, lyrics often stress romantic love but also address a wide variety of other themes that are frequently social or political.

Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.



Musical pantomime, the mimicking of the playing of an instrument, has roots as far back as the 1860s, when it was considered a mental illness. The popularity of the phonograph in the 1930s led to the phenomenon of "shadow conducting", in which listeners would pretend to conduct an orchestra. [1]

Pantomime form of musical comedy stage production, developed in the United Kingdom and mostly performed during Christmas and New Year season

Pantomime is a type of musical comedy stage production designed for family entertainment. It was developed in England and is performed throughout the United Kingdom, Ireland and in other English-speaking countries, especially during the Christmas and New Year season. Modern pantomime includes songs, gags, slapstick comedy and dancing. It employs gender-crossing actors and combines topical humour with a story more or less based on a well-known fairy tale, fable or folk tale. It is a participatory form of theatre, in which the audience is expected to sing along with certain parts of the music and shout out phrases to the performers.

Mental disorder Distressing thought or behavior pattern

A mental disorder, also called a mental illness or psychiatric disorder, is a behavioral or mental pattern that causes significant distress or impairment of personal functioning. Such features may be persistent, relapsing and remitting, or occur as a single episode. Many disorders have been described, with signs and symptoms that vary widely between specific disorders. Such disorders may be diagnosed by a mental health professional.

Phonograph Device for playback of acoustic sounds stored as deviations on a disk or cylinder

The phonograph is a device for the mechanical recording and reproduction of sound. In its later forms, it is also called a gramophone or, since the 1940s, a record player. The sound vibration waveforms are recorded as corresponding physical deviations of a spiral groove engraved, etched, incised, or impressed into the surface of a rotating cylinder or disc, called a "record". To recreate the sound, the surface is similarly rotated while a playback stylus traces the groove and is therefore vibrated by it, very faintly reproducing the recorded sound. In early acoustic phonographs, the stylus vibrated a diaphragm which produced sound waves which were coupled to the open air through a flaring horn, or directly to the listener's ears through stethoscope-type earphones.

Air guitar itself had a seminal moment at the Woodstock music festival in 1969 when singer Joe Cocker mimicked the playing of the keyboard and guitar during his performance of "With a Little Help From My Friends". Cocker's signature elaborate moves helped display air guitar to the broader public. [2]

Woodstock 1969 music festival in New York, United States

Woodstock was a music festival held August 15–18, 1969, at Max Yasgur's 600-acre dairy farm in Bethel, New York, 43 miles (70 km) southwest of Woodstock. Billed as "an Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace & Music", it attracted an audience of more than 400,000. It was alternatively referred to as the Bethel Rock Festival or the Aquarian Music Festival. Thirty-two acts performed outdoors despite sporadic rain.

Joe Cocker English rock and blues singer

John Robert Cocker, better known as Joe Cocker, was an English singer. He was known for his gritty voice, spasmodic body movement in performance, and distinctive versions of popular songs of varying genres.

With a Little Help from My Friends original song written and composed by Lennon-McCartney

"With a Little Help from My Friends" is a song by the English rock band the Beatles from their 1967 album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. It was written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon, and intended as the album's featured vocal for drummer Ringo Starr. The group recorded the song towards the end of the sessions for Sgt. Pepper, with Starr singing as the character "Billy Shears".

The term "air guitar" gained popularity in the 1980s, with one of the first contests held at Florida State University in 1978. Contests multiplied in Sweden and the United States during the 1980s, and since 1996, the annual Air Guitar World Championships have been a part of the Oulu Music Video Festival in Oulu, Finland, and the festival currently administers the Air Guitar World Championships Network of official national championship competitions. [3] The idea of the contest was originally coined as a joke, meant only to be a side attraction for the music video festival, but has since become a major draw in its own right. [4]

Florida State University university in the United States

Florida State University is a public space-grant and sea-grant research university in Tallahassee, Florida. It is a senior member of the State University System of Florida. Founded in 1851, it is located on the oldest continuous site of higher education in the state of Florida.

Oulu Music Video Festival is an annual music video festival held in late August in Oulu, Finland. The establishment of the festival in 1994 was initiated by students of the Oulu School of Arts and Crafts. The festival has got a contest for Finnish music videos. The best Finnish music video is awarded with The Golden Pumpeli Award and the most promising young director is awarded with the Teen Pumpeli Award. Music videos are screened at the Cultural Centre Valve.

Finland Republic in Northern Europe

Finland, officially the Republic of Finland, is a Nordic country in Northern Europe bordering the Baltic Sea, Gulf of Bothnia, and Gulf of Finland, between Norway to the north, Sweden to the northwest, and Russia to the east. The capital and largest city is Helsinki. Other major cities are Espoo, Vantaa, Tampere, Oulu and Turku.

In 2009 the Network consisted of twenty countries: Finland, United States, New Zealand, Canada, The Netherlands, Greece, Belgium, Norway, United Kingdom, Switzerland, France, Japan, Australia, Germany, Taiwan, Thailand, Russia, Romania, and Brazil.

United States Federal republic in North America

The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States or America, is a country comprising 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles, the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is slightly smaller than the entire continent of Europe, which is 3.9 million square miles. With a population of over 327 million people, the U.S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D.C., and the most populous city is New York City. Most of the country is located contiguously in North America between Canada and Mexico.

New Zealand Country in Oceania

New Zealand is a sovereign island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses—the North Island, and the South Island —and around 600 smaller islands. It has a total land area of 268,000 square kilometres (103,500 sq mi). New Zealand is situated some 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. Because of its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans. During its long period of isolation, New Zealand developed a distinct biodiversity of animal, fungal, and plant life. The country's varied topography and its sharp mountain peaks, such as the Southern Alps, owe much to the tectonic uplift of land and volcanic eruptions. New Zealand's capital city is Wellington, while its most populous city is Auckland.

Canada Country in North America

Canada is a country in the northern part of North America. Its ten provinces and three territories extend from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering 9.98 million square kilometres, making it the world's second-largest country by total area. Its southern border with the United States, stretching some 8,891 kilometres (5,525 mi), is the world's longest bi-national land border. Canada's capital is Ottawa, and its three largest metropolitan areas are Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver.


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Air Guitar Championship 2012 in Oulu
Kevin "Narvalwaker" Leloux at the 2010 Air Guitar World Championships in Oulu, Finland Airguitar WC2010 1.JPG
Kevin "Narvalwaker" Leloux at the 2010 Air Guitar World Championships in Oulu, Finland

Air guitar contests have much in common with the old figure skating scoring system, especially using 6.0 score system. The most common set of rules are as following:

Figure skating Ice sport performed on figure skates

Figure skating is a sport in which individuals, duos, or groups perform on figure skates on ice. It was the first winter sport to be included in the Olympic Games, when it was contested at the 1908 Olympics in London. The four Olympic disciplines are men's singles, ladies' singles, pair skating, and ice dance. Non-Olympic disciplines include synchronized skating, Theater on Ice, and four skating. From intermediate through senior-level competition, skaters generally perform two programs which, depending on the discipline, may include spins, jumps, moves in the field, lifts, throw jumps, death spirals, and other elements or moves.



Annual world championships, officially named "The Annual Air Guitar World Championship Contest", were first held in 1996 as part of the Oulu Music Video Festival in Oulu, Finland and now held there annually in August. The ideology behind the event was that "wars would end and all the bad things would go away if everyone just played air guitar."

Participants from all over the world competed in skills of playing air guitar. The judging panel included Finnish guitarist Juha Torvinen, and prizes included a custom made 'Flying Finn' guitar and VOX BM Special amplifier donated by Queen guitarist Brian May.

List of World Championships

2019Flag of the United States.svg Rob “The Marquis” Messel, Portland, OR (USA)Flag of Australia.svg Alexander "The Jinja Assassin" Roberts (AUS)Flag of France.svg Frederic "French Kiss" Reau (FRA)
2018Flag of Japan.svg Nanami “Seven Seas” Nagura (JPN)Flag of the United States.svg Matt “Airistotle” Burns (USA)Flag of Canada.svg Dana ”Dana-Saurus Rex” Schiemann (CAN)
2017Flag of the United States.svg Matt “Airistotle” Burns (USA)Flag of Germany.svg Patrick "Ehrwolf" Culek (GER) / Flag of Australia.svg Alexander "The Jinja Assassin" Roberts (AUS)Flag of Japan.svg SHOW-SHOW (JPN)
2016Flag of the United States.svg Matt “Airistotle” Burns (USA)Flag of Russia.svg Kereel "Your Daddy" Blumenkrants (RUS)Flag of the United States.svg Nicole ”Mom Jeans Jeanie” Sevcik (USA)
2015Flag of Russia.svg Kereel "Your Daddy" Blumenkrants (RUS)Flag of the United States.svg Matt “Airistotle” Burns (USA)Flag of the United States.svg Michael "Operation Rock a Pussy" Lovely (USA)
2014Flag of Japan.svg Nanami “Seven Seas” Nagura (JPN)Flag of the United States.svg Matt “Airistotle” Burns (USA)Flag of the United States.svg Eric "Mean Melin" Melin (USA)
2013Flag of the United States.svg Eric "Mean Melin" Melin (USA)Flag of the United States.svg Doug "The Thunder" Stroock (USA)Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Thom "W!ld Th!ng 37" Wilding (GBR)
2012Flag of the United States.svg Justin “Nordic Thunder” Howard (USA)Flag of the United States.svg Matt “Airistotle” Burns (USA)Flag of the Netherlands.svg Theun “Tremelo Theun” de Jong (NED)
2011Flag of Germany.svg Aline “The Devil's Niece” Westphal (GER)Flag of the United States.svg Justin “Nordic Thunder” Howard (USA)Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Veronika “Like Ever Gin” Müllerová (CZE)
2010Flag of France.svg  Sylvain “Gunther Love” Quimene  [ fr ] (FRA)Flag of France.svg Soraya “Eva Gina Runner” Garlenq (FRA)Flag of Canada.svg Cole “Johnny Utah” Manson (CAN)
2009Flag of France.svg  Sylvain “Gunther Love” Quimene  [ fr ] (FRA)Flag of the United States.svg Craig “Hot Lixx Hulahan” Billmeier / Andrew “William Ocean” Litz (USA)Flag of the United States.svg Christian "Girth Dog" Culligan (USA)
2008Flag of the United States.svg  Craig “Hot Lixx Hulahan” Billmeier  (USA)Flag of the Netherlands.svg Andel “John Sniffler” Soree (NED)Flag of Canada.svg Cole “Johnny Utah” Manson (CAN)
2007Flag of Japan.svg Ochi “Dainoji” Yosuke (JPN)Flag of France.svg  Guillaume “Moche Pitt” de Tonquédec  [ fr ] (FRA)Flag of Austria.svg Max “Herr Jaquelin” Heller (AUT)
2006Flag of Japan.svg Ochi “Dainoji” Yosuke (JPN)Flag of Australia.svg Clay “Bangers” Connolly (AUS)Flag of Germany.svg Christian “Heart Buckboard” Sweep (GER)
2005Flag of the Netherlands.svg Michael “Destroyer” Heffels (NED)Flag of Australia.svg Natalie "Nat Attack" Willacy (AUS)Flag of the Netherlands.svg Gyuri “Pelvis Fenderbender” Vergouw (NED)
2004Flag of New Zealand.svg Tarquin “The Tarkness” Keys (NZL)Flag of the United States.svg Miri “Sonyk-Rok” Park (USA)Flag of the United States.svg David “C-Diddy” Jung (USA)
2003Flag of the United States.svg David “C-Diddy” Jung (USA)Flag of the Netherlands.svg Jordi “Funky Jordi” Nieuwenburg (NED)Flag of Australia.svg Mark “Roxy McStagger” Hadfield (AUS)
2002Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Zac “Mr. Magnet” Monro (GBR)Flag of New Zealand.svg Toby Peneha (NZL)Flag of Canada.svg Andrew Buckles (CAN)
2001Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Zac “Mr. Magnet” Monro (GBR)Flag of Finland.svg Markus Vainionpää (FIN)Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Rupert Abrahams (GBR)
2000Flag of Finland.svg Markus Vainionpää (FIN)Flag of Finland.svg Sari Rivinen (FIN)Flag of Australia.svg Anthony Lee (AUS)
1999Flag of Finland.svg Johanna Ala-Siurua (FIN)Flag of Finland.svg Petteri Tikkanen (FIN)Flag of France.svg Arnaud Stephan (FRA)
1998Flag of Finland.svg Juha Hippi (FIN)Flag of Finland.svg Teja Kotilainen (FIN)Flag of Australia.svg Danny Turano (AUS)
1997Flag of Finland.svg Ville Paakkari (FIN)Flag of Finland.svg Jenni Pääskysaari (FIN)Flag of Finland.svg Mika Mäntykenttä (FIN)
1996Flag of Finland.svg Oikku Ylinen (FIN)Flag of Finland.svg Rehtori-Heko (FIN)Flag of Finland.svg Petri Heikkinen (FIN)



Competitive air guitar in Australia was started in 2001 by Brett "Ronnie Riffless" Provost, and ran initially for ten years until 2010. The first Australian champion was ‘Super Dave'. There have been a number of unofficial competitions held in Australia.

Australians have claimed 2nd place three times and 3rd place three times at the Air Guitar World Championships.

Between 2011 and 2017, Australia has been represented at the Air Guitar World Championships a number of times through the Dark Horse Qualifiers, though has not had an official national champion.

In 2014 ABC Kids aired an episode of Whacky World Beaters, filmed on location at the Air Guitar World Championships in 2013.

Air Guitar Australia was reformed in 2017 by Tom "Sgt. Wrecker" Hill, who has represented Australia four times at the Air Guitar World Championships. Air Guitar Australia launched at the Embassy of Finland at the Suomi 100 celebrations in September 2017. The competition was won by Jimmy Dangles who was presented with the Ronnie Riffless Memorial Trophy by Ambassador Lars Backström. The 2018 Championship season saw competitors from NT, NSW, QLD, ACT, Victoria and WA qualifying at State and Territory Qualifiers in Canberra, Perth and Melbourne. The Finals will be held in Melbourne and the winner will represent Australia at the Air Guitar World Championships in August 2018.

United States

In 2003, Cedric Devitt and Kriston Rucker founded US Air Guitar, the official governing body of air guitar in the US. [5] The 2003 US Air Guitar Championships included just two regional competitions, in New York and Los Angeles, with the national championship taking place in Los Angeles. David "C-Diddy" Jung won the competition, becoming the first ever US Air Guitar Champion and earning a spot in the World Air Guitar Championships. He was accompanied by fellow American Dan "Bjorn Turoque" Crane, who raised money to pay for his trip to Finland, where he qualified for the World Championships through a Dark Horse competition. At the World Championships, C-Diddy emerged victorious, becoming the first American to win the title of World Air Guitar Champion. Jung and Crane were featured in the 2006 documentary Air Guitar Nation, a film that documented their 2003 journey, from the United States to Finland.

The 2004 US Air Guitar Championships featured regional competitions in five cities. MiRi "Sonyk-Rok" Park, winner of the New York City regional, took the national crown by defeating Fatima "The Rockness Monster" Hoang from Los Angeles. She went on to Finland, where she tied for first place, becoming the 2004 World Air Guitar Co-Champion. [6]

By 2008, US Air Guitar had expanded to include regional competitions in 24 cities throughout the country. The 2006 US Air Guitar Champion, Craig "Hot Lixx Hulahan" Billmeier, went on to defeat 2005 Champion Fatima "The Rockness Monster" Hoang and 2007 Champion Andrew "William Ocean" Litz en route to his second national title. In Finland, Hulahan emerged victorious, securing the United States' third world title and becoming the 2008 World Air Guitar Champion. [7]

William Ocean captured his second national title in 2009, earning him a spot in Finland at the 2009 World Air Guitar Championships. William Ocean and defending World Air Guitar Champion Hot Lixx Hulahan tied for second place, behind Sylvain "Gunther Love" Quimene of France. [8]

Matt "Romeo Dance Cheetah" Cornelison was the 2010 US Air Guitar Champion, finishing in eleventh place at the 2010 World Air Guitar Championships.

Justin "Nordic Thunder" Howard won the 2011 US Air Guitar Championships at Chicago's Metro on July 23, 2011, ultimately finishing second in the world that year. In 2012, he was overtaken in the US by Matt “Airistotle” Burns, but ultimately won the 2012 World Air Guitar Championships after qualifying as a dark horse competitor.

In 2013, Jason "Lt. Facemelter" Farnan captured the U.S. Air Guitar Championship after posting a perfect score in the compulsory round, which was the first in U.S. Air Guitar history to feature a live guitarist.

While the United States missed gold at the 2014 World Air Guitar Championships, "Airistotle" and "Mean Melin" took second and third place, respectively, for the US. This marked the third consecutive year in which one country produced two of the top three finishers—the first time this feat has been accomplished since 2000, when Finland took the top two spots.

In 2017, US Air Guitar crowned its first female champion since 2004, Nicole "Mom Jeans Jeanie" Sevcik. In 2018, Brittany “Georgia Lunch” Diaz took the National Finals, giving US Air Guitar back to back female champions for the first time.

List of United States Championships

2019Flag of the United States.svg Rob “The Marquis” Messel, Portland, OR (USA)Flag of the United States.svg Kate "KitKat" Rose, Sacramento, CA (USA)Flag of the United States.svg Matt “Airistotle” Burns, New York City (USA)
2018Flag of the United States.svg Brittany “Georgia Lunch” Diaz, New York City (USA)Flag of the United States.svg Rob "Windhammer" Weychert, New York City (USA)Flag of the United States.svg Colin "Old Glory" Bach, Chicago (USA)
2017Flag of the United States.svg Nicole "Mom Jeans Jeanie" Sevcik, Atlanta (USA)Flag of the United States.svg Beth "CindAIRella" Melin, Kansas City, KS (USA) / Flag of the United States.svg Alexander “The Jinja Assassin” Roberts, Chicago (USA)
2016Flag of the United States.svg Matt “Airistotle” Burns, New York City (USA)Flag of the United States.svg Nicole "Mom Jeans Jeanie" Sevcik, Atlanta (USA)Flag of the United States.svg Rob "The Marquis" Messel, Portland (USA)
2015Flag of the United States.svg Matt “Airistotle” Burns, New York City (USA)Flag of the United States.svg Lance "The Shred" Kasten, Washington, DC (USA)Flag of the United States.svg Andrew "Flying Finn" Finn, Des Moines / Jeff "The Airtiste" Stiles, Boston / Whit "Witness" Hubner, Nashville (USA)
2014Flag of the United States.svg Matt “Airistotle” Burns, New York City (USA)Flag of the United States.svg Doug "The Thunder" Stroock, Washington, DC (USA)Flag of the United States.svg Jason “Lt. Facemelter” Farnan, San Diego (USA)
2013Flag of the United States.svg Jason “Lt. Facemelter” Farnan, San Diego (USA)Flag of the United States.svg Eric "Mean" Melin, Lawrence (USA)Flag of the United States.svg Matt “Airistotle” Burns, New York City (USA)
2012Flag of the United States.svg Matt “Airistotle” Burns, New York City (USA)Flag of the United States.svg Justin “Nordic Thunder” Howard, 2011 defending champion (USA)Flag of the United States.svg Jason “Lt. Facemelter” Farnan, San Diego (USA)
2011Flag of the United States.svg Justin “Nordic Thunder” Howard, Chicago (USA)Flag of the United States.svg Matt “Airistotle” Burns, New York City (USA)Flag of the United States.svg Matt “Romeo Dance Cheetah” Cornelison, 2010 defending champion (USA)
2010Flag of the United States.svg Matt “Romeo Dance Cheetah” Cornelison, Milwaukee (USA)Flag of the United States.svg Ryan “Dreamcatcher” Layman, Denver (USA)Flag of the United States.svg Andrew “William Ocean” Litz, 2009 defending champion (USA)
2009Flag of the United States.svg Andrew “William Ocean” Litz, New York City (USA)Flag of the United States.svg Chris “Sanjar the Destroyer” Paxton, Washington DC (USA)Flag of the United States.svg Cami “Airosol” Phillippi, Minneapolis (USA)
2008Flag of the United States.svg Craig “Hot Lixx Hulahan” Billmeier, Washington DC (USA)Flag of the United States.svg Cami “Airosol” Phillippi, Minneapolis (USA)Flag of the United States.svg Alex “Awesome” Koll, San Francisco (USA)
2007Flag of the United States.svg Andrew “William Ocean” Litz, New York City (USA)Flag of the United States.svg Fatima “Rockness Monster” Hoang, Los Angeles (USA)Flag of the United States.svg Craig “Hot Lixx Hulahan” Billmeier, 2006 defending champion / Randall “Big Rig” Layman, Houston (USA)
2006Flag of the United States.svg Craig “Hot Lixx Hulahan” Billmeier (USA)
2005Flag of the United States.svg Fatima “Rockness Monster” Hoang, Los Angeles (USA)Flag of the United States.svg Dan “Bjorn Turoque” Crane, New York City (USA)Flag of the United States.svg Andrew “William Ocean” Litz, Chicago (USA)
2004Flag of the United States.svg MiRi “Sonyk-Rok” Park (USA)Flag of the United States.svg Fatima “Rockness Monster” Hoang, Los Angeles (USA)
2003Flag of the United States.svg David “C-Diddy” Jung, New York City (USA)Flag of the United States.svg Gordon “Krye Tuff” Hintz, Los Angeles (USA)

[9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16]

United Kingdom

There are currently two national air guitar championships running in the UK, both claiming status as the 'official' competition.

The UK Air Guitar Championships (UKAG) is the longest running air guitar championships in the world, established between 1994 and 1995 by Jeffrey Louis-Reed, and is still to this day the only Air Guitar Championships where the audience are the judges. It is also the only UK competition that tours the whole UK to find a true champion.

The similarly named, Air Guitar UK Championships (AGUK) was created in 2006 by two-time world Air Guitar champion Zac Monro. It originated over the issues of how to decide the competition (through the audience, or by a figure-skating style judging system), and over membership of the World Air Guitar Network (UKAG were unwilling to pay to participate in the World Championships, as their competition wished to remain free, which was the main cause of the creation of AGUK). However this is the only championship officially recognised as part of Air Guitar World Championships (AGWC)

The Air Guitar UK Championship was created in 2006 by twice air guitar world champion Zac 'the Magnet' Monroe (the first non-Finn to win the competition [17] ) and is affiliated with the Air Guitar World Championships in Oulu, Finland, forming part of the World Air Guitar Network.

In September 2011, Air Guitar UK launched Air Guitar Wales and Air Guitar Northern Ireland to join Air Guitar Scotland (first launched by AGUK in 2009 [18] ) as part of the Air Guitar UK Network.

The first official Championship was held in August 2006 at the Academy Islington, London, and was won by Gabi “The Hoxton Creeper” Matzeu, who was sent to Finland as the UK's 1st Official Champion.

In 2007, in the run-up to release of the cult Film Air Guitar Nation, the second Championship played once again to a full house at the Academy. It was held at the Academy until 2010, and in 2011 moved to The Garage, Islington.

Air Guitar UK events are held in support of the Teenage Cancer Trust. Air Guitar is considered a force for good, and in the absence of world peace this is at least something.

All profits from all of the Air Guitar UK events are donated to the Teenage Cancer Trust (

AGUK's official site can be found at


The UK Air Guitar Championships were founded in the upstairs of a pub called 'The Pig in Paradise' which is in central Brighton, England. The UK Air Guitar championships annually hosts regional championships in Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the north and south of England to find the best competitors from the UK and bring them to the national final stage to battle for crown of UK Air Guitar Champion

Farmer John AKA Doozer McDooze won the 2004 UK air guitar championship.

Christopher 'Crispy' Vearncombe won the competition in 2005, but was killed in a road traffic accident in South Africa weeks before the 2006 competition. His many friends hold an annual charity music festival in his memory. Crispystock is held in his home town of Andover, Hampshire. Next came Colin 'Cozza' Fulker who won 2006, 2007 and 2008 to become one of the UKAG's most successful champions.

2009 saw Declan Gillick aka 'Deku Chan' win the competition. It was also the first year that drinks manufacturer WKD sponsored the competition.

2010 - UKAG returned to London for the national final; the winner of the southern England heat, 'Eddie Six Strings' aka Sophie Aymonier, wriggled her way into the final and beat 'Juan Nightstand' to become the first ever female UK Air Guitar Champion.

Many air bands were founded in Brighton in the late 90s with acts such as 'Dum BN3', 'PISS', Satans underpants and 'Triple Slash'. There were many more who all took part in the UK Air Guitar Championships and a few of them won.

UKAG work's regularly with various charities including RAFA, The 1800 Club and Action Medical Research



There are multiple technological innovations that try to allow air guitar to be played as a real instrument, producing sounds that depend on air guitarist's actions.

In 2005, students from the Helsinki University of Technology developed a system that translates hand movements into electric guitar sounds, resulting in a functional air guitar. [19] The system, consisting of a pair of brightly coloured gloves and an infrared camera, is one of the most popular exhibits at the Helsinki Science Center. The camera recognizes the distance between the two gloves as well as strumming movements made by the wearer to synthesize an electric guitar tune, working using only six notes.

In November 2006, researchers at the Australian government's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation announced they had developed a T-shirt that senses human movement to "showcase its expertise in designing and manufacturing electronic and intelligent textiles with which people effortlessly control computers", publicising it as an air guitar shirt. [20] [21]

In 2007, toy company Silverlit introduced V-Beat Air Guitar, an air guitar gadget. The three part device consists of a motion sensing guitar pick, a neck part with four buttons and a guitar body. By changing the distance between body and neck and pressing a combination of the four buttons on the neck part, up to 48 tones and chords can be played. The V-Beat Air Guitar was won 'Best Music Gadget' on the television program The Gadget Show. [22] [23] The V-Beat Air Guitar was created by Dutch startup 1upToys.

In 2007, a Japanese company Takara Tomy introduced Air Guitar Pro (Guitar Rockstar), a functional guitar simulator. Fitting in one hand, the device uses heat and motion sensors to detect the other hand motions and produce the guitar sounds. [24] This guitar simulator was made popular in the UK motoring show Top Gear by presenter Jeremy Clarkson. He was seen playing the Tomy Guitar Rockstar in one of Top Gear's famous challenges.

In March 2008, Jada Toys of California introduced the Air Guitar Rocker toy which featured patented technology in a belt buckle. When the user strums a magnetic pick in front of the belt buckle, guitar music plays through a portable amp attached to the users pant or belt. The Air Guitar Rocker is marketed with the popular Guitar Hero license and was created by toy inventor David Führer and his team. [25]

In June 2011, San Francisco, CA startup Yobble announced the Air Guitar Move, an appcessory for iPhone and iPod Touch.[ citation needed ] Users holds the iPhone in one hand and a motion sensing guitar pick in the other. Based on the motions of both hands, the Air Guitar Move software is able to recognize air guitar movements. The bundled game is a mix of Guitar Hero and Dance Central. Red Bull donated $20,000 to the project and is organizing events around Air Guitar Move.[ citation needed ]

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