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The 2018 Indiana State Fingerstyle Guitar Competition allows 40 contestants, and 35 stand-by competitors in the event that one of the first 40 does not compete. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged, as the 40 slots are filled in the order in which registrations are received. There will be on-site registration allowed until 1-hour prior to the start of the competition.

Please direct all questions to info@indianastringfest.com or call 812-750-0257

General Rules for Indiana State Fingerstyle Guitar Competition
July 28, 2018

Contest Description
Indiana State Fingerstyle Guitar Competition will take place at The Brown County Playhouse, Nashville IN, on July 28, 2018. Registration and questions may be directed to Indiana Stringfest, Nashville IN.   info@indianastringfest.com

Indiana Stringfest
c/o Content Management Systems
1684 Country Club Rd
Nashville, IN 47448

Entry fee is $20.
Contests are open to anyone except those who are performing as a billed or paid entertainer at the 2018 International Finger Style Championships and those who have been the Indiana State Finger Style Championship Winner within the past two years. However, previous winners may enter and win contests which they have not won within the last five years.
Only 40 contestants may compete per contest. This will be the first 40 answering when their names are called from the chronological registration lists, one-half hour before the contest begins. Contestants MUST HAVE A VALID / PURCHASED TICKET for day of contest.
An additional 35 registrations will be accepted and placed on a standby list in case of cancellations or no-shows. To have your name placed at the end of the standby list you may register by returning the entry form with the necessary fee. Walk-up standby contestants will be accepted up to 1-hour before the competition at Weed Patch Music Company.

Contest Rules
Contestants may register for the contest by returning the entry form with the necessary fee.
All registered contestants must confirm their registration at the Brown County Playhouse prior to the time registration closes. WE WILL ALSO ACCEPT CONTEST REGISTRATIONS UNTIL ONE HOUR BEFORE THE SCHEDULED CONTEST TIME.

Order of appearance will be determined by drawing a number one-half hour before the contest begins.  If there are nine (9) or less registered, contestants will play three (3) tunes in the first round.  Judges will place winners without the additional tunes of a second round. Score cards will NOT be given out.
PLEASE NOTE: The judging room only hears the competing instrument and receives no mix or sound coming from accompaniment or rhythm instrument
Contestants must play instruments acoustically into microphone. An instrument’s electrical capability cannot be used.
Contestants are not allowed to speak on stage.
Contestants may have one rhythm instrument for accompaniment. It is policy that billed or paid entertainers NOT ACCOMPANY CONTESTANTS. Contestants will not be allowed to take two instruments on stage. Selection committee reserves the right to eliminate contestants whose style of playing and selection of material is not in keeping with the flavor of the festival.  All styles of music are acceptable in this competition. A MEDLEY OF TUNES IS NOT ACCEPTABLE.
Maximum playing time of five (5) minutes for all contests.

In an effort to judge the contest objectively and equally, the following criteria will be considered by the judges and assigned point value in each area:

40 points 1. ARRANGEMENT – Contestant’s version of the tune selected. Is it appropriate to the tune and arrangement? Is the tune selected in keeping with the flavor of the festival? Is the arrangement original, for the most part, to the contestant, or is it someone else’s known arrangement?
40 points 2. EXECUTION & ARTICULATION – Are the notes buzzing and muddy, or are they clear and distinct? Tone – Are the notes full or thin sounding? Timing – Is the tempo steady and constant? Dexterity – Are the notes played in difficult positions up and/or down the finger board or is the piece played for the most part in first and/or second position? Tuning – Is the instrument in tune with itself and relatively close to concert pitch of A=440?
10 points 3. EXPRESSION, DYNAMICS & SHOW VALUE – The music should be played with life and feeling. The performance is not to be based on audience response.
10 points 4. OVERALL IMPRESSION – Paragraphs 1 through 3 are considered at this point.

· Contestants will be prepared to play four instrumental numbers. Two numbers will be played in the first round of competition and the other two in the final round should the contestant be selected as a finalist.
· Only 6-string and 12-string acoustic guitars are acceptable.
· Special tunings will be allowed. However, the contestant will NOT be allowed to take two instruments on stage.
· Maximum playing time of 5 minutes.
· Standard or traditional style Any style of capo may be used, but no capos will be allowed which allow the alteration of individual strings, such as the Third Hand Capo.
· We will accept only forty contestants. Contestant registration must be received by the Thursday before the event. Late registration and stand-by registration may be done at the competition venue the day of the event..
· Contestants must be present at the contest stage at 10:00a.m. to draw for order of appearance and receive final instructions. Winners will be announced immediately and will receive their awards after the contest. The top 3 winners will be required to play in the Saturday night performance.