OFFICIAL RULES OF COMPETITION
US Air Guitar obeys the rules set forth by the Air Guitar World Championships:
US Air Guitar contests each consist of two rounds:
In each city, the jury is a panel of independent judges. The results of the jury cannot be protested. All performances are scored on a scale from 4.0 to 6.0 – 6.0 being the highest possible. Scores are given to one decimal point (e.g. 5.4, not 5.48). A single score is given to each air guitarist based on their overall performance in that round.
The score reflects the quality of the performance based on three key criteria:
1. Technical merit
You don’t have to know what notes you’re playing, but the more your invisible fretwork corresponds to the music that’s playing, the better the performance.
2. Stage presence
Anyone can do it in the privacy of their bedroom. Few have what it takes to rock a crowd of hundreds or even thousands – all without an instrument.
The last criteria is the most difficult to define yet often the most decisive of all. Airness is defined as the extent to which a performance transcends the imitation of a real guitar and becomes an art form in and of itself.
Please note: the scores from BOTH ROUNDS are added to determine the contestants’ final scores. This combined score determines the winner. Confusion over this detail was the cause of a controversy in the 2006 Finals that tore at the very fabric of competitive air guitar.
THE US AIR GUITAR BRACKET – STAGES OF COMPETITION
The top 2 finishers of each official Qualifier will receive a cash prize towards their travel to one of the Semifinals, based on budget availability of the Qualifier organizer. The top 3 finishers of each Semifinals event will receive a cash prize towards their travel to the National Finals, based on budget availability from US Air Guitar. The winner of the National Finals will be the US Air Guitar champion, and will receive a free trip (airfare and 2 nights lodging) to the Air Guitar World Championships, held in Oulu, Finland.