2015 Hotel Info

We are pleased to have Brown County Inn as our hotel partner in 2015!

They are extending a special discount room package to Guitar Fest attendees. To get the discount package, use Group Code 4584 when you register.

Brown County Inn will be hosting our After Party on August 1, as well as the workshops on August 2, so it is the place to be! They also have a great breakfast buffet….

Event:  Indiana State Fingerstyle Guitar Festival
Dates:  July 31 ~ Aug 2
Brown County Inn
Group Code: 4584
TOLL FREE: 1-800-772-5249

2015 News

Happy New Year everyone, we have big news for 2015!
We have changed our name to The Indiana State Fingerstyle Guitar Festival! The competition is still our main event, but the weekend has so much more to offer, it really is a festival.

The festival dates are set for July 31, August 1 & 2. We will be updating the calendar shortly with event details and hotel information.

Competition Registration will open by January 31, 2015. We will post here and on Facebook with links to the registration page… and if we can open it early we will!

Thanks for your continued support, and stay tuned for more details shortly!!

Last Minute Updates

We have had one time change on the Sunday Advanced Workshops – Details Here

Maxwell Hughes is unable to make the event this year. His workshops will be taught by Lance Allen. His Friday Night performance will be filled by several internationally acclaimed artists!

Friday Update

Tonight is the Big Tent Party at The Pine Room Tavern! We will have 2 stages with music all evening, from 6-11pm. If you have not made a reservation, we suggest you call them ASAP to get a table. 812-988-0236

Tickets are still available for the Fingerstyle Guitar Competition and Evening Concert, on Saturday.  We have All-Day passes, as well as Concert-Only tickets. You can buy tickets HERE ONLINE, or at the Brown County Playhouse box office.  Tickets are going fast!

Are you a guitar slinger? Want to polish up your licks with the pros? Bring your guitar to the Sunday Guitar Workshops and learn from the best. We have classes suited for beginners through expert players.  SIGN UP HERE or you can show up and register at the door on Sunday

If you have ANY questions, please email info@indianastringfest.com  or call Chuck at 317-697-7192

Fingerstyle Guitar

"Fingerstyle Guitar Competition, Nashville, IN 2013"Have you ever heard some music being played and it sounded like there were two or more guitarist playing? You could distinctly hear rhythm, melody, and a thumping bass line, all in one? You find yourself tapping your toe to the music and it just grabs you? And when you look, there is only one person playing one guitar and you think think, what?

That is fingerstyle guitar. Many people associate the style with Chet Atkins, and he certainly was a great master and innovator of the style. But there are so many other players of the style as well. Tommy Emmanuel, Alex de Grassi, Merle Travis, Jerry Reed, Paco de Lucia, and Laurence Juber are just a few of the well known players of the style. And the style runs the gamut of musical categories, from classical guitar to modern new age to flamenco. There are many ways of playing fingerstyle as well, fingerpicking, travis picking, new age fingerstyle, slack-key guitar, classical, and flamenco are just some. And you will find fingerstyle guitarists playing jazz, classical, country, rock, and nearly every type of music out there.

This July, in Nashville, Indiana, the third annual Indiana FIngerstyle Guitar Competition will present the best of the fingerstyle guitarist. They will be competing for an O C Bear handbuilt guitar as a grand prize and only one of them will walk away as the winner. Last year’s contest featured many amazing players and Kade Puckett walked away with the grand prize. The year before, Jack Wilson amazed the audience and the judges and also walked away with the grand prize.

This year, the event takes place over three nights. On Friday Night, there will be a tent party at Nashville’s own Pine Room Tavern. It will feature an open mic and many of the competitors will be playing along with Cari Ray and the Loaners. Saturday will bring the competition itself in the Brown County Playhouse and the evening concert will feature the top three players along with great fingerstylests, Brian Henke, Mark Sganga, Jack Wilson, and Michael Kelsey. It will be a memorial night. Sunday will feature guitar workshops with classes for beginners to advanced players. Instructors for the workshops include Tom Rasely, Lance Allen, Jimmy Deheno, Jack Wilson, and Mark Sganga. It is a chance to learn from the masters and improve your skills so that you possibly can compete for the coveted OC Bear guitar too!

Additional reading:

History of Classical and Fingerstyle Guitar

The History of Fingerstyle Guitar

Fingerstyle Guitar