The Indiana State Fingerstyle Guitar Competition, started in 2012 by officials of the nonprofit Brown County Playhouse, 70 S. Van Buren St., Nashville, is July 28-30. The event brings 30+ of the finest fingerstyle guitarists in the United States to the playhouse to compete for the grand prize – a prized guitar built by Indiana guitar builder Tom Roeger, the opportunity to play in the evening concert and bragging rights of being the annual competition’s winner.
Fingerstyle guitar is the technique of playing the guitar by plucking the strings directly with fingertips, fingernails or picks attached to the righthand fingers. The term is often used synonymously with fingerpicking, classical or thumb style. Prominent fingerstyle players include Chet Atkins, Merle Travis, Tommy Emmanuel and Andres Segovia.
A Friday, July 28, party from 6-11 p.m. with a cash bar and barbecue at the Brown County Inn Town Hall Room boasts Cari Ray, Chuck Wills and “10 of the finest fingerstyle players in the world,” according to a news release. Competitors who wish to register for the open mic need to contact Kara as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets will be available at the door.
The Saturday, July 29, daytime ticket includes the competition running from 11 a.m-4 p.m. Attendees will get wristbands so that they can come and go throughout the day. To purchase $15 tickets: http://bit.ly/2tglICq.
Evening concert tickets are sold separately for $22.50, or $32.50 for VIP tickets with reserved seating in the middle front section and $40 playhouse gift certificates.
The documentary “Acoustic Uprising” will be shown around 2 p.m. after the competition and is included in the price of any ticket. The documentary features interviews with internationally-renowned artists like Emmanuel, Kaki King, Newton Faulkner and Andy McKee. “Acoustic Uprising” looks at the rich history of fingerstyle and the fusion of musical ideas the style has become known for.
The Saturday 7:30 p.m. concert will feature the top three winners of the Fingerstyle Guitar Competition, plus three other magnificent artists – Jack Wilson, Brian Henke and Michael Kelsey.
Sunday, July 30, workshops are planned between 9:45 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Brown County Inn. Attendees will learn serious guitar skills from some of the best players in the country. Wilson, Henke and Lance Allen will teach about everything from playing harp guitar, to beginning and advanced fingerstyle techniques. Wilson can even show how to make a guitar sound like a cow bell! Classes are $20 each, and pre-registration for each session is recommended: http://indianastringfest.com/event.