The first of our all-star judges for the Guitarist Of The Year compeition has been announced and its most famous past winner has also been telling us how it changed the path of his career.
Alter Bridge’s Mark Tremonti – who is due to release new concept album, A Dying Machine, with his other band Tremonti on 8 June – isone of four dream team players who will help form an expert panel to choose the entrants to go through to the live Guitarist Of The Year finals at London’s Olympia on 29/30 September. With the competition now open in three categories: Guitarist Of The Year, Acoustic Guitarist Of The Year and Young Guitarist Of The Year (under 16s), we’ve already seen some very impressive online submissions.
But what exactly is Mr Tremonti looking for from all you aspiring guitar heroes out there? “Heart, soul and overall control of expression,” he tell us. And he advises entrants; “Stay apart from the pack by doing something new and unique that still fits your style.”
The Guitarist Of The Year winner back in 1993 knows all about that. Guthrie Govan is now regarded as one of the greatest contemporary players around, and he found validation in the competition. “When I discovered that a nationwide guitar contest was being organised in my home country, it just seemed like the perfect opportunity to send out a kind of ‘message in a bottle’ and find out if anyone in the UK thought there was any kind of merit or validity in the way I played.
“I think it’s fair to say that winning all those years ago laid an important foundation without which my career might have taken a different turn.”
To enter via your video playing clip submissions visit: BIT.LY/GOTYEAR2018