Six String Theory Music Competition

Six String Theory Music Competition Lee Ritenour's Six String Theory Competition is held every other year. Next competition starts Janu The Six String Theory Competition is the inspiration of legendary Grammy® award-winning guitarist/composer and producer, Lee Ritenour, who has been playing the guitar for over 50 years and is known worldwide for his musical accomplishments.

Ritenour debuted the International Competition in 2010 with the release of his all-star guitar CD, “6 String Theory.” The contest was a great success and the guitar winner recorded a track on Ritenour’s “6 String Theory” and won a 4 year scholarship to Berklee College of Music, Yamaha endorsement & guitar plus many other prizes and performance opportunities. The 2010 winner, Shon Boublil, has sinc

Ritenour debuted the International Competition in 2010 with the release of his all-star guitar CD, “6 String Theory.” The contest was a great success and the guitar winner recorded a track on Ritenour’s “6 String Theory” and won a 4 year scholarship to Berklee College of Music, Yamaha endorsement & guitar plus many other prizes and performance opportunities. The 2010 winner, Shon Boublil, has sinc

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Hi everyone. This is Gary, Lee’s production manager. We wanted to let you know Lee is doing a live stream concert and in...
12/11/2020
Lee Ritenour, the Legend of Jazz Guitar - Live Streaming 12/12/2020 - 21.00 (CET)

Hi everyone. This is Gary, Lee’s production manager. We wanted to let you know Lee is doing a live stream concert and interview tomorrow Dec 12 @ 12pm PST with Musicoff on YouTube. Make sure to visit https://youtu.be/bRdwln5feG4 and set a reminder!

Saturday, December 12 we will have the honor to chat live a real legend of music and guitar, Lee Ritenour!!!American guitarist and protagonist of the jazz sc...

10/27/2020

Hey everyone... this is Gary, Lee's production manager... just wanted to give you a heads up that we've got something very cool in the works for the end of the year for the SST family. Announcement coming very soon. Make sure you're subscribed to Lee's intstagram page https://www.instagram.com/leeritenourofficial/

01/31/2020
Six String Theory Music Competition

Six Stringers!! 2020 is our 10th year anniversary since we began with the first competition and the “Six String Theory” record that started it all!

Look for an announcement in the 2nd half of this year. We are planning some amazing live International performances, plus recording, educational & career opportunities.

When we do launch, we are looking for guitar players in 6 categories & rhythm section players in 3 categories:

GUITAR
1)Jazz,
2)Rock/ Metal,
3)Acoustic/ Country
4)Blues (elec & acc)
5)Classical/ Flamenco
6)Rhythm/ Accompaniment

RHYTHM section:
7)Piano/keys
8)Bass (elec & acc)
9)Drums

We are so proud watching the development of so many musicians that have joined the SST family in the last 10 years! To be continued…Lee Ritenour

Lee Ritenour's Six String Theory Competition is held every other year. Next competition starts January 15, 2018 thru May 31, 2018!

The winners performing at the @BlueNoteTokyo with Lee Ritenour ...the audience loved them and they played terrific!  Lee...
03/29/2019

The winners performing at the @BlueNoteTokyo with Lee Ritenour ...the audience loved them and they played terrific! Lee and team were very proud of them! This completed the last of 3 international, all-expense paid trips to perform and record. Included: St. Moritz, Switzerland to perform at a jazz festival; Los Angeles to record with Lee, perform at Catalina Jazz Club, as well as rep for Yamaha Music USA at @NAMM as well as perform. Then to Tokyo to perform at @BlueNoteTokyo with Lee Ritenour Congratulations once again to our 9 Winners from the 2018 Six String Theory Music Competition!

A note of thanks & appreciation from Lee Ritenour .... Last week we lost the legendary drummer, Hal Blaine. He helped pr...
03/18/2019
Hal Blaine, Wrecking Crew Drummer, Is Dead at 90

A note of thanks & appreciation from Lee Ritenour ....

Last week we lost the legendary drummer, Hal Blaine. He helped provide the soundtrack for decades to many peoples lives with his unprecedented contribution to pop, R&B & Rock music. I had the chance to record w/ him many times when I was beginning my studio career & he had the incredible ability to help create a better song, arrangement, recording & very often a hit record for thousands of artists... Hal, along w/ the rest of the now famous “Wrecking Crew” helped take the studio musician out of the orchestra & elevate them to a point of contributing to every aspect of the song they were recording that day, which sometimes even meant contributing to the composition itself. His contributions were as great as any of the the legendary Jazz & Rock drummers before & after him... Do yourself a favor & check out Hal Blaine! https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/12/obituaries/hal-blaine-dead.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

R.I.P. .... Lee

One of the busiest session musicians of all time, he brought percussive drama to records by Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and countless others.

03/18/2019
BLUE NOTE TOKYO

Winners perform with Lee Ritenour in Tokyo and this is the Blue Note promo video!

【COMING SOON】リー・リトナーが主宰し、プロ/アマ問わず世界中から若き才能を発掘/育成することを目的とする「シックス・ストリング・セオリー・コンペティション」。その最優秀賞受賞者たちの特別公演が、3/16(土)にブルーノート東京で開催。世界的ギタリストとネクスト・ジェネレーションが繰り広げるフレッシュなステージにご期待ください!

☆LEE RITENOUR's SIX STRING THEORY COMPETITION -Winners' Circle- (3.16 sat.) BLUE NOTE TOKYO →https://bit.ly/2FKTda1 Lee Ritenour Six String Theory Music Competition

So proud of our 9 winners in Tokyo performing with Lee Ritenour at @BlueNoteTokyo - the audience went wild!
03/18/2019
BLUE NOTE TOKYO

So proud of our 9 winners in Tokyo performing with Lee Ritenour at @BlueNoteTokyo - the audience went wild!

【LIVE PHOTO】昨日開催された、リー・リトナーズ・シックス・ストリング・セオリー・コンペティション -ウィナーズ・サークル- 公演のライブ写真をアップしました( → http://bit.ly/2TcluJI )。リトナー主宰、若き才能を発掘するプロジェクト、「シックス・ストリング・セオリー・コンペティション」。世界各国から各部門の優勝者が集ったスペシャル・ライヴはエキサイティング且つ温かなステージとなりました。

☆LEE RITENOUR's SIX STRING THEORY COMPETITION -Winners' Circle- (3.16 sat.) BLUE NOTE TOKYO → https://bit.ly/2FKTda1 Lee Ritenour Six String Theory Music Competition
Photo by Takuo Sato

03/18/2019
BLUE NOTE TOKYO

Winners in Tokyo with Lee performing at Blue Note!

【MOVIE】昨日からスタートしたリー・リトナー公演、初日のダイジェストとリトナーからのビデオメッセージが届きました!自身のバンドでのステージは明日3/15(金)まで、そして3/16(土)には「シックス・ストリング・セオリー・コンペティション」最優秀賞受賞者たちとリトナーによるスペシャル公演も行われます。

☆LEE RITENOUR (3.13 wed., 3.14 thu., 3.15 fri.) BLUE NOTE TOKYO →https://bit.ly/2FB4MBn

☆LEE RITENOUR's SIX STRING THEORY COMPETITION -Winners' Circle- (3.16 sat.) BLUE NOTE TOKYO →https://bit.ly/2FKTda1 Lee Ritenour Six String Theory Music Competition

The 2018 Six String Winners Came to Los Angeles for an action packed 10 day trip as part of their prize package!  The wi...
02/14/2019

The 2018 Six String Winners Came to Los Angeles for an action packed 10 day trip as part of their prize package! The winners flew in from 5 countries and several US cities. It kicked off with rehearsal at the famed SIR Rehearsal Studios in Hollywood. That was followed by a dinner at the historic El Compadre Restaurant on Sunset Blvd. and a trip to Guitar Center. The next day was a recording with Lee Ritenour at the legendary Sunset Sound in Hollywood recording 4 tracks. The next day the whole group headed to Anaheim for 4 days at the NAMM Convention Center to be Yamaha Music USA clinicians and performers. They performed individually and as a group on the Yamaha stage as well as in Yamaha booths and Starbucks lobby stage. They headed back to Hollywood for a performance with Lee Ritenour at the renowned Catalina Jazz Club on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood. Next up: fly to Tokyo to perform with Lee Ritenour at the world renowned @BlueNoteTokyo Club!

Six String Winners in LA highlights!
02/14/2019

Six String Winners in LA highlights!

Show at Catalina Jazz Club with the winners of the 2018 competition!  They did a fantastic job performing to a full hous...
02/13/2019

Show at Catalina Jazz Club with the winners of the 2018 competition! They did a fantastic job performing to a full house including many of the legendary judges from the competition who attended as guests. Incredible performances from all!

Lee Ritenour has partnered with Musician’s Creativity Lab with anonline music lesson course in guitar. Taking you throug...
02/13/2019

Lee Ritenour has partnered with Musician’s Creativity Lab with anonline music lesson course in guitar. Taking you through a series of lessons to deepen your music expression and ability, it's "Music Lessons for Musicians." Great company for music education @YamahaMusicFoundation so check it out if this is something you're interested in! https://musicians.online/lp/lee-ritenour/

The Six String winners came to LA to rehearse and record with Lee Ritenour at Sunset Sounds. They also performed with Le...
02/05/2019

The Six String winners came to LA to rehearse and record with Lee Ritenour at Sunset Sounds. They also performed with Lee at Catalina Jazz Club as well as at NAMM 2019. They were also performers for Yamaha at NAMM over the 4 day event weekend.

The Six String winners came to LA to rehearse and record with Lee Ritenour at Sunset Sounds. They also performed with Lee at Catalina Jazz Club as well as at NAMM 2019. They were also performers for Yamaha at NAMM over the 4 day event weekend.

01/28/2019

TONIGHT the winners of the 2018 competition will be performing with Lee Ritenour at Catalina Jazz Club for a very special evening of jazz, blues, rock and classical music. With incredible talent from around the world, we are so proud to bring you these musicians:
Cecil Alexander (jazz guitar);
Johannes Persson (rock guitar) Sweden
Kaspar Jalily (rhythm guitar) France
Hayden Fogle (blues guitar) USA, Buffalo
Hedvika Švendová (classical guitar) Czech Republic
Petar Krstajic (bass) Serbia
Holger Marjamaa (piano) Estonia

They've had an amazing week in LA recording at Sunset Sound with Lee; being Yamaha clinicians and performers at NAMM for 4 days and now performing at Catalina Jazz Club at 8:30pm tonight so come out and join us if you can!

The winners of the 2018 competition are in LA for part of their prize package and will be performing with Lee Ritenour a...
01/26/2019

The winners of the 2018 competition are in LA for part of their prize package and will be performing with Lee Ritenour at Catalina Jazz Club on Monday Jan. 28 @ 8:30pm so come check it out! Incredible Piano, Bass, Drums and Guitarists from all over the world...Jazz, Blues, Rock, Classical....we'll be covering it all! Hope to see you there!
*group shot w/the winners in St.Moritz when we played the festival there

The Six String winners will be performing with Lee Ritenour at the Yamaha stage on Friday Jan. 25 at 3:15pm so make sure...
01/21/2019
Lee Ritenour, Dave Weckl and Ellis Hall to Headline Yamaha Booth Performances During 2019 NAMM Show

The Six String winners will be performing with Lee Ritenour at the Yamaha stage on Friday Jan. 25 at 3:15pm so make sure and check them out! Here's the press release:
https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/19/01/p13011259/lee-ritenour-dave-weckl-and-ellis-hall-to-headline-yamaha-booth-perfor

Ritenour, Weckl and Hall are three acts out of many taking the Yamaha stage throughout the run of NAMM 2019. ANAHEIM, Calif. (PRWEB) January 21, 2019 Jazz guitarist Lee...

01/14/2019
JazzCorner

JazzCorner

Happy birthday to JazzCorner roster client Lee Ritenour who also spearheads the non-profit Six String Theory Music Competition. Lee had a tough 2018 with his house burned to the ground and an illness that forced him to cancel some concerts. We are happy to report that 2019, Lee is feeling much better and he's perfoming soon. Here he is with one of his favorite bandmates Dave Grusin.

Yamaha Music USA Press Release on the winners coming to LA this Sunday!  They will rehearse at SIR Rehearsal Studios in ...
01/14/2019
Six String Theory Competition Winners Primed to Jam with Lee Ritenour in California

Yamaha Music USA Press Release on the winners coming to LA this Sunday! They will rehearse at SIR Rehearsal Studios in Hollywood, record at the legendary Sunset Sound studios, be clinicians and perform at NAMM for Yamaha Music USA as well as perform with Lee Ritenour at the Catalina Jazz Club on Jan. 28, 2019!

LOS ANGELES (PRWEB) January 11, 2019 -- Yamaha will bring champion musicians to Anaheim and Hollywood to attend NAMM as expert clinicians, then perform and record with Ritenour.

11/13/2018

A note from Lee Ritenour:

I would like to acknowledge the incredible outpouring of love and support from fans, friends & family for 2 life changing events. Recently, I found out that I needed to have a medical procedure that could not wait and resulted in canceling my recent tour to Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, & New York. This was unavoidable and was an extremely difficult decision. Shortly after receiving that news, the fires began in California, that have been devastating for so many people. Unfortunately, we lost our house of 40 years in Malibu along with my recording studio & everything with it...My wife, Carmen Santos Ritenour, son Wesley Ritenour and I have been lifted & inspired by the amazing outreach & caring from folks around the world...
With deep gratitude & humbleness, we thank everyone..
Love, The Ritenour’s

Just a heads up for everyone… Wesley Ritenour has a killer band on Sunday at one of our favorite places, the Blue Whale....
11/03/2018

Just a heads up for everyone… Wesley Ritenour has a killer band on Sunday at one of our favorite places, the Blue Whale.. check it out if you can! -Lee Ritenour

08/27/2018

Below is the list of the 15 Berklee College of Music Finalists from the Six String Competition 2018.

These 15 Finalists are Invited to Apply to Berklee to Possibly Win the Full, 4 Year Scholarship- congrats:

George Collins; Emma Moseley; Camden Gonzales; Ramon Luis Galang; George Kapanadze; Ely Perlman; Vicente Barra; Hayden Fogle; Leander Hjerpas; Johannes Persson; Hedvika Svendova; Ciara Moser; Julian Scarcella; Joel Kent and Jared Sachs.

Congratulations to our Berklee College of Music Online Scholarship Winners:

Hedvika Svendova- Individual Course
Euan Leslie- Certificate

Big thanks to Berklee College of Music for being such a big sponsor of the competition all these years! We have many alumni graduates from the competition and here's to the next generation! :)

08/17/2018

Update on Berklee College of Music scholarships:

With the new process of awards, we are working with two different academic timelines and recruitment teams. Berklee Online has a different academic year than Berklee College of Music.

The Berklee Enrollment Marketing team that works on the college and online campaigns will be handling all the communication and are outreaching to eligible finalists soon.

Good news is, the Fall 2019 application just opened, and audition locations are being finalized yet, so the finalists will not be behind in anyway and will be able to proceed immediately once communicated to (in past they had to wait for the application and audition sites to be available).

Thanks for your patience!

Cecil Alexander (jazz guitar) Johannes Persson (rock guitar) Kaspar Jalily (rhythm guitar) Hayden Fogle (blues guitar) H...
08/03/2018

Cecil Alexander (jazz guitar)
Johannes Persson (rock guitar)
Kaspar Jalily (rhythm guitar)
Hayden Fogle (blues guitar)
Hedvika Švendová (classical guitar)
Eric Jayne (acoustic guitar)
Petar Krstajic (bass)
Euan Leslie (drums)
Holger Marjamaa (piano)

Cecil Alexander (jazz guitar)
Johannes Persson (rock guitar)
Kaspar Jalily (rhythm guitar)
Hayden Fogle (blues guitar)
Hedvika Švendová (classical guitar)
Eric Jayne (acoustic guitar)
Petar Krstajic (bass)
Euan Leslie (drums)
Holger Marjamaa (piano)

All our 9 winners for the 2018 competition on their first prize trip to Switzerland performing at the Festival Da Jazz S...
08/03/2018

All our 9 winners for the 2018 competition on their first prize trip to Switzerland performing at the Festival Da Jazz St.Moritz- The unique Clubfestival and wowing the crowd with Lee Ritenour!

The 9 winners performing at Festival Da Jazz St.Moritz- The unique Clubfestival with Lee Ritenour
08/03/2018

The 9 winners performing at Festival Da Jazz St.Moritz- The unique Clubfestival with Lee Ritenour

Six String Theory contest winners w/ Lee Ritenour at Dracula's

So proud of our 9 Winners performing at Festival Da Jazz St.Moritz- The unique Clubfestival at the Club Dracula St. Mori...
08/03/2018

So proud of our 9 Winners performing at Festival Da Jazz St.Moritz- The unique Clubfestival at the Club Dracula St. Moritz!:)) and blowing the crowd away with their talent! Lee Ritenour was very happy with their show both with and without him. Congratulations everyone- you did amazing! Cecil Alexander (jazz guitar) Johannes Persson (rock guitar)
Kaspar Jalily (rhythm guitar) Hayden Fogle (blues guitar)
Hedvika Švendová (classical guitar) Eric Jayne (acoustic guitar) Petar Krstajic (bass) Euan Leslie (drums)
Holger Marjamaa (piano)

Lee Ritenour introducing the 9 winners at Festival Da Jazz St.Moritz- The unique Clubfestival before their show at The D...
08/02/2018

Lee Ritenour introducing the 9 winners at Festival Da Jazz St.Moritz- The unique Clubfestival before their show at The Dracula Club!

Rehearsal before the big show with @LeeRitenour at Festival Da Jazz St.Moritz- The unique Clubfestival!
08/02/2018

Rehearsal before the big show with @LeeRitenour at Festival Da Jazz St.Moritz- The unique Clubfestival!

The 9 Six String Winners are getting ready to fly to St.Moritz to perform with Lee Ritenour as part of their winning pri...
07/27/2018

The 9 Six String Winners are getting ready to fly to St.Moritz to perform with Lee Ritenour as part of their winning prize package. The all inclusive package includes performing with Lee at the fabulous Festival Da Jazz St.Moritz- The unique Clubfestival!

Dont miss this tonight in la! Lee Ritenour sitting in at the Baked Potato!
07/13/2018

Dont miss this tonight in la! Lee Ritenour sitting in at the Baked Potato!

Thanks to In Tune Monthly for this great post-competition write up: https://www.intunemonthly.com/lee-ritenours-2018-six...
06/21/2018
Lee Ritenour’s 2018 Six String Theory Competition Winners Announced | In Tune Monthly

Thanks to In Tune Monthly for this great post-competition write up: https://www.intunemonthly.com/lee-ritenours-2018-six-string-theory-competition-winners-announced/

News Lee Ritenour’s 2018 Six String Theory Competition Winners Announced 06/20/2018 Deb Galante Block The 2018 Six String Theory Competition winners have been announced by its creator, guitarist Lee Ritenour. Ritenour originally started the competition as a way of celebrating his guitar-playing an...

We have the Winners & Finalists for the 2018 Six String Theory Music Competition and a big congratulations to all!Note f...
06/12/2018

We have the Winners & Finalists for the 2018 Six String Theory Music Competition and a big congratulations to all!

Note from Lee Ritenour:

I would like to thank all the musicians that applied to the 2018 Six String Theory Competition! This year SST welcomed visitors from 182 countries. It was truly an incredible experience watching, listening and learning from all of you around the world. I am humbled by the sheer amount of talent that’s out there today. You are creating a global music community that is powerful & inspirational with new and fresh concepts.

A little bit about the voting… Competitions are difficult… (I’ve never personally liked them:). They have to be experienced as a way to gauge your own growth. Similar to the previous competition, this year‘s winners were an amazing diverse group and sometimes the first, second, and third place was separated by single digits. Most of the judges wrote back to us that it was incredibly challenging to pick one over another. There were so many talented people that joined the competition.

Keep learning, growing and loving music. The gift of receiving and sharing music is one of the most fulfilling things we can experience…LR

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06/12/2018

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The Competition Story...how it all started

The Six String Theory Competition is the inspiration of legendary Grammy® award-winning guitarist/composer and producer, Lee Ritenour, who has been playing the guitar for over 50 years and is known worldwide for his musical accomplishments.

Ritenour debuted the International Competition in 2010 with the release of his all-star guitar CD, “6 String Theory.” The contest was a great success and the guitar winner recorded a track on Ritenour’s “6 String Theory” and won a 4 year scholarship to Berklee College of Music, Yamaha endorsement & guitar plus many other prizes and performance opportunities. The 2010 winner, Shon Boublil, has since graduated from Berklee College of Music and performed and recorded with Lee Ritenour.

Ritenour explains the history and progression of the competition: “It actually started a few years ago with my album, 6 String Theory. In 2010, I had been playing guitar for 50 years. It was an anniversary, and since the guitar has been such a great gift for me, I wanted to do something to celebrate that. So I made an album with a lot of guitar greats like B.B. King, George Benson, Slash and Steve Lukather, along with some younger talent like Andy Mckee and Guthrie Govan. Then I thought it would be cool if we could get some really new talent and round it out. We would have someone like B.B. King (who’s in his 80s) all the way down to someone who was just starting their career. That started the ball rolling for the 6 String Theory Competition.”

Due to its popularity, Mr. Ritenour again held the guitar competition in 2011 offering Berklee scholarships, Yamaha instrument & endorsement, performance, recording and mentoring. In 2012, the competition expanded to include three additional instruments: bass, piano/keyboard, and drums. Prizes included Berklee College of Music scholarships, Yamaha instruments and endorsements, Crown of the Continent Guitar foundation scholarships, as well as other prizes provided by other sponsors. In addition, the winners of the rhythm competition recorded a track on a Ritenour album entitled “Rhythm Sessions.” The album also included a veritable ‘who’s who’ of all-star rhythm players including Chick Corea, Nathan East, Will Kennedy, Dave Weckl, George Duke, John Beasley, Vinnie Colaiuta, Dave Grusin, George Duke, Stanley Clarke and more.

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Happy birthday to Barney Kessel (October 17, 1923 – May 6, 2004)
je supporte okapi danse
Is this a competition like all the others that require you to have 10's of thousands of Youtube friends view and like your video to get a chance at winning all because you have 100's of thousands of friends or is this a real competition that rely;s on talent and not how many friends you have voting for you?
Shon Boublil (guitarist and physicist), the 2010 Grand Prize Winner of Six String Theory, graduated yesterday with a degree in physics from Concordia University in Montreal. Fantastic achievement.