Me introducing our mock air guitar competition at MakerFaire Kansas City 2014! 

Reigning air-guitar world champion “Mean Melin” Eric Melin, center, will be hosting the Air Guitar Regionals to be held May 15th at the RecordBar. Some of the contestants and their stage names are from left; Nielson Nacis “Thunderball”, Mike Stack “Stackhammer”, Beth Olson “CindAirella”, Peter Dickens “Stiff”, Whitney Young, “Glory Wholesome”, JoJo Longbottom “Air Jesus”, Kirby Minor “Freddy Fingers”, Cameron Hawk “Pork Sword”, and Brian Reeves “The CorpAIRation’.

Photos by David Pulliam, The Kansas City Star

May 10, 2014


Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2014/05/11/5017743/area-air-guitar-contestants.html#storylink=cpPhoto gallery by David PulliaThe Kansas City Star, May 10, 2014

from USAIRGUITAR:

Lawrence Magazine interviewed 2014 World Champion Mean Melin the other day, presumably on top of a mountain, possibly in the vicinity of a small brushfire. He handed down to them 10 11 Commandments of Air Guitar, which are now graven on the stone tablets of the internet for you to take to heart. Because of course it goes to 11.

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!

Thou shalt also read the full article in the upcoming issue of Lawrence Magazine, if thou knowest what’s good for thee. Learn a little something and take that knowledge to your local qualifier – see the still-growing list here and sign up!

All photos by Jason Dailey Photography.

Matt Pryor’s new music video for “Kinda Go to Pieces”. The video follows Matt Pryor as he goes about his day at home in Kansas while being followed by Eric “Mean” Melin - the 2013 Air Guitar World Champion. Watch HERE.