The four grand prize winners (one in each instrument) will perform at a venue at the 2014 Montreux Jazz Festival.

Los Angeles, CA (January 16, 2014) -- Grammy-winning guitarist/producer Lee Ritenour hosts the Six String Theory Competition for the 4th year with applications accepted in Guitar, Bass, Piano/Keyboards or Drums. Registration is open January 15 through May 15, 2014 by submitting two YouTube videos at the website. For 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 such as jazz, fusion, R & B, rock, blues, etc.

Partnering with Premier Guitar, Yamaha, Berklee College of Music, Montreux Jazz Festival, Blue Note Tokyo, Crown of the Continents Guitar Workshop & Festival, Monster, Jazziz, Music Connection and D’Addario, the 2014 competition offers a total prize package value of over $600,000.

The goal of the competition is to provide aspiring musicians with professional performing and recording opportunities, educational scholarships, mentoring and prizes. Highlights include: the 4 grand prize winners (one in each instrument) will perform at a venue at the 2014 Montreux Jazz Festival as well as the SST guitar grand prize winner to perform with Lee Ritenour and other guitar legends at the “Legends of Guitar” concert at Montreux, to be filmed in HD. Other prizes included are 4 Berklee College of Music scholarships, Guitar finalist to record on Ritenour’s forthcoming 2014 Concord album, Yamaha Instruments & Endorsements, Professional Mentoring with Lee Ritenour, Crown of the Continent Guitar Workshop Scholarships & Performing Opportunities plus more.

Advisory Board Judges will work with Lee Ritenour to evaluate and determine the 4 winners. Those judges include Academy® award-winning Dave Grusin, 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 and Gary Novak.

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