The Indiana State Fingerstyle Guitar Competition, started in 2012, takes place in Nashville, Indiana. The event brings forty of the finest fingerstyle guitar players in the United States to the Brown County Playhouse to compete for the grand prize – a hand made $5500 OC Bear Guitar, the opportunity to play in the evening concert, and bragging rights of being the winner of the Annual Competition.

The event takes place over three days. Friday Night kicks off the event with a big tent party, featuring an open mic with many of our competitors.

Fingerstyle guitar is the technique of playing the guitar by plucking the strings directly with fingertips, fingernails or picks attached to the right hand 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. You can hear samples of this style of playing by watching the YouTube videos posted below of our Evening Concert performers.

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