As we reported on our live stream this morning, the 19th Annual Air Guitar World Championships are underway in Oulo, Finland.
Organizers call the event, which runs from August 27-30, “a surprisingly entertaining show that offers dazzling performances with and without instruments.”
They’re not kidding!
The reigning World Air Guitar Champion is from the United States.
Take a look at Eric “Mean Melin” Melin’s epic performance from last year:
Of course, there’s a PDX Air Guitar Competition:
The Portland Air Guitar qualifier is usually held in June. So there’s plenty of time to prepare your arms, legs and face for the competition.
As a public service, we present “Mean Melin’s” 11 Air Guitar Commandments.
AIR GUITAR COMMANDMENT #1
THOU SHALT… pick a song you love with every fiber of your being.
AIR GUITAR COMMANDMENT #2
THOU SHALT… develop a character that is a heightened version of yourself.
AIR GUITAR COMMANDMENT #3
THOU SHALT… adhere to the three-beer minimum.
AIR GUITAR COMMANDMENT #4
THOU SHALT… practice with a mirror or a friend.
AIR GUITAR COMMANDMENT #5
THOU SHALT… leave your shame at the dressing room door.
AIR GUITAR COMMANDMENT #6
THOU SHALT… look at the crowd, not at your hands.
AIR GUITAR COMMANDMENT #7
THOU SHALT… go beyond the limitations of a real guitar.
AIR GUITAR COMMANDMENT #8
THOU SHALT… lose yourself in the music, the moment; you better never let it go.
AIR GUITAR COMMANDMENT #9
THOU SHALT… support your fellow performers.
AIR GUITAR COMMANDMENT #10
THOU SHALT… go big. And, when you thought you couldn’t… GO BIGGER!
AIR GUITAR COMMANDMENT #11
THOU SHALT… achieve airness!