WE’VE ALL DONE IT at one time or another. As a kid, you heard that awesome guitar riff and couldn’t help but jump up on your bed and pretend that you were the one on stage totally shredding it. Even as an adult, there are times you can’t help but play a little air guitar in the car when the right song comes on.
But for some, playing a little air guitar lasts a little longer than their childhood and goes beyond jokingly doing it at a bar with your friends. Enter the air guitar championships. Organized air guitar competitions that have been held in many countries since the 1980s. The rules are that each “guitarist” has to play a selection that they choose, no real instruments are allowed and playing other “air instruments” (drums, piano, etc.) is prohibited. A little weird? Kind of. Totally entertaining? YES.
Here are the top guitar entertainers from this year’s competition, playing the shit out of the most unlikely instrument… the air.
ERIC ‘MEAN MELIN’ MELIN
DOUG ‘THE THUNDER’ STROOCK
THOM ‘W!LD TH!NG 37′
JASON ‘LT FACEMELTER’ FAMAN
VLADLENA ‘IVANA ROCK’ KAMINSKAYA