air gui·tar

Used to describe the actions of someone playing an imaginary guitar.

Playing air guitar is a form of dance and movement in which the performer pretends to play 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 guitar music.

The purpose of the Air Guitar World Championships is to promote world peace. According to the ideology of the Air Guitar, wars would end; climate change stop and all bad things disappear, if all the people in the world played the Air Guitar. This is why the whole universe is invited to play the Air Guitar for the world peace at the end of the competition. The winner of the Air Guitar World Championships has the duty to spread the good message of air guitar playing and thus promote world peace.
The Air Guitar World Championships have been organized in Oulu, Finland annually since 1996. After National Championships take place in more than 20 countries. The champions travel to Finland to battle the best of the best and annually one of them is hailed as the Air Guitar World Champion, the master of an invisible instrument. The 23rd Air Guitar World Championships will take place in Oulu, Finland on August 22-24, 2018.
How are we doing it?

We are getting the Air Guitar Experience to the participants doorstep.

City Finales Top performers will compete against the best in the city for a place in the Grand Finale. The city Finale will be held in Mumbai.

One lucky winner from the Grand Finale will be sent to Finland, on an all expense paid trip to the Air Guitar World Championships, where He / She will represent India on a global platform battling 20 other countries.
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Winner of the India Finale will represent India on an all expense paid trip to Finland to take part in the Air Guitar World Championships.

The Air Guitar World Champion is awarded with a Real Visible Air Guitar.

Previous Winners of the Air Guitar World Championships have won custom made ‘Flying Finn’ guitar handmade by Matti Nevalainen.
    City Championships will be held in Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Bangalore & Hyderabad.
    Participate at your local College Fest and the Top 2 from each city will head to Mumbai for
    the Grand Finale.

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1. Each participant has to play air guitar on stage in two rounds, each lasting for 1 minute.

  • Round 1: Participant plays a selection of their choice. Typically the song has been edited (or a medley has been created) to fit the 60-second format.
  • Round 2: Participant plays a section of the song chosen by an organizer or competitor; usually the song is not announced beforehand and kept secret until the round begins, so a participant has to improvise.

2. The contestant is judged on his air guitar handling abilities. How much the performance looks real.
3. How convincing is the performers mime & costume apart from the accuracy of the fret work. The illusion of an invisible guitar.
4. The Charisma of a Rock Star, lack of stage fright. Engaging the audience with “guitar showmanship”.
5. Originality, the ability to be taken over by the music, stage presence, technical merit, artistic impression and airness.
6. Each member of the jury gives marks from 4.0 to 6.0 for a performance. The points scored by a contestant from both rounds are added together, and the contestant thus receiving the highest total score wins.
7. Only one person can be crowned the Champion. If there’s a tie between 2 or more participants, an extra round is to be played until there is a clear winner.
8. The jury judges the contestants according to their own taste and perceptive.
9. The judge’s decision cannot be appealed.
Q. I bought an air guitar from this guy but I can't seem to pick it up.
A. This is most likely because the "guy" was an air guitar scammer and has not actually sold you an air guitar. Beware; air guitar scammers (AGS for short) are very common so you must be careful when purchasing an air guitar. Stick to buying from registered Air Guitar retailers and remember 'If you can't pick it up, it's not real.'

Q. Where can I purchase an Air Guitar?
A. Air guitars can be purchased by your mind. The qualifications you need are an imagination, a voice, hands and air. They can cost anywhere from Rs 100 to well over Rs 20,000.

Q. Things you need to know before buying an Air Guitar?
A. Please make sure to keep in mind:-
  • Don't buy an air guitar that has been burned down by Jimi Hendrix. It won't work.
  • Don't buy air guitars that you can actually see. If you can see an air guitar, it's very, very dirty.
  • Don't buy an air guitar from Korea with a warranty. You'll have to feed the air guitar cleaner that comes in the crate.
  • Don't buy air guitars off the internet as they are often damaged due to bad shipping.
  • Popular Track used to Air Guitar


    Commonly used tracks by previous champions and competitors.

    1. Foo Fighters - “The Pretenders”
    2. Green Day – “American Idiot”
    3. Nirvana – “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
    4. Deep Purple – “Smoke on the Water”
    5. Rage against the Machine – “Bulls on Parade”


    Few tracks we think have the potential to perform Air Guitar on!

    1. Saada Haq – Rockstar
    2. Garaj Baras – Paap
    3. Naadan Parindey – Rockstar
    4. Saathi Salaam – Coke Studio
    5. Papa kehte hain – Student of the year
    6. Socha hain - Rock On

    Tracks are chosen are where riffs and solos are heavy. It helps the performer keep the audience engaged in his performance. A medley of tracks, are also usually made to give the audience a flavor of different genres or to create a humorous act.

    Reference Videos

    Air Guitar World Championship 2017 | Watch Video [+]

    Air Guitar World Championship 2016 | Watch Video [+]

    Air Guitar World Championship 2015 | Watch Video [+]
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