All-Star Judges Join Fourth Lee Ritenour Six String Theory Competition 2014; Will Award $600,000 Prize Package

Los Angeles, Calif. (April 23, 2014) – Yamaha today announced that a number of the world’s top musicians will serve as judges for legendary GRAMMY® winning guitarist and producer Lee Ritenour’s fourth Six String Theory Competition. The competition is open to guitarists, bass players, keyboard players and drummers.

“We have assembled an incredible array of judges who are some of the best musicians on the planet,” said Ritenour. “When busy people with this level of talent devote their time to this endeavor, the musician community affirms its commitment to cultivating the next generation of great players.”

Guitar judges include (*denotes Yamaha Artist): *Don Alder, Joe Bonamassa, Vince Gill, Guthrie Govan, Sonny Landreth, *Steve Lukather, Pat Martino, Brent Mason, Andy McKee, Keb’ Mo’, *Lee Ritenour, John Scofield, Joe Satriani.

Rhythm judges, including keyboards, include (*denotes Yamaha Artist): Victor Bailey, *Ndugu Chancler, *Nathan East, *Sonny Emory, Dave Grusin, Daniel Jobim, Tom Kennedy, *Abraham Laboriel, Harvey Mason, *Patrice Rushen, *John Patitucci, Simon Phillips, *Oscar Seaton, *Dave Weckl.

In addition to Yamaha, sponsors include Berklee College of Music, Montreux Jazz Festival, Blue Note Tokyo, Crown of the Continent Guitar Workshop and Festival, Monster, Premier Guitar, JAZZIZ magazine, Music Connection magazine, Concord Records and D’Addario. The competition offers a total prize package value of more than $600,000 this year.

Four grand-prize winners (one in each instrument category) will win an opportunity to perform at the 2014 Montreux Jazz Festival. In addition to being invited to record on Ritenour’s forthcoming 2014 Concord album, the Six String Theory guitar Grand Prize winner will appear with Ritenour and other guitar legends at the “Legends of Guitar” concert at Montreux, to be filmed in HD. Additional prizes include: four full scholarships to the Berklee College of Music, Yamaha instruments and endorsements, Crown of the Continent Guitar Workshop scholarships and more. 

Registration is open through May 15, 2014. All applicants must submit two YouTube videos via the website, Guitar applicants may register in the genres of rock, blues, jazz/fusion, acoustic, classical/flamenco and country. For rhythm players, any contemporary music style will be accepted including jazz, fusion, R&B, rock, blues and others. To access video of contest guidelines narrated by Lee Ritenour and filmed by Yamaha, please see the links below. 

The competition debuted in 2010 with the release of Ritenour’s all-star guitar recording SIX STRING THEORY and by popular demand, expanded to include bass, piano/keyboard and drums with the release of RHYTHM SESSIONS in 2012. 


Video filmed by Yamaha Guitars:

Lee Ritenour playing “Morning Glory” on the new Yamaha “L Series” guitar:

Lee Ritenour discusses 2014 competition, new Yamaha “L Series” guitar and plays:

Lee Ritenour discusses 2014 competition, sponsors, Advisory Board judges:

About Yamaha
Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA) is one of the largest subsidiaries of Yamaha Corporation, Japan and offers a full line of award-winning musical instruments, sound reinforcement and home entertainment products to the U.S. market. Products include: Yamaha acoustic, digital and hybrid pianos, portable keyboards, guitars, acoustic and electronic drums, band and orchestral instruments, marching percussion products, synthesizers, professional digital and analog audio equipment, Steinberg recording products and Nexo commercial audio products, as well as AV receivers, amplifiers, Blu-ray/CD players, iPod docking systems, home-theater-in-a-box systems, earphones, headphones, sound bars, and its exclusive line of Digital Sound Projectors. YCA markets innovative, finely crafted technology and entertainment products and musical instruments targeted to the hobbyist, education, worship, professional music, installation and consumer markets.

Contact: Sharleen Bazeghi



Join Brian Tichy And Rock's Great Drummers And Bassists In Honoring The Who's Kieth Moon and John Entwistle Thursday, April 24th at West Hollywood's House of Blues.



Reader Rick N. sent a question to Nickelback's Daniel Adair via Drumhead's Ask A Pro. His question: "How would I get a kick-drum sound similar to yours on 'Animal?' What heads, triggers, mics and side of kick pedal ball do you recommend?"

Adair, taking some well-deserved time off at home, sent Rick this answer:

"Hi Rick, Glad you like the sound! I used a Pearl Masters 4-ply maple 22X16 kick with Remo Powerstroke 3 front and back heads tuned very loose. Felt beater. The mics were an AKG D112 internally and a homemade Yamaha NS10 speaker reversed to act as a mic. (Basically a Yamaha Subwoofer but, to me, this sounds better than the factory made ones.) And, of course, you have to remember that the mixer, Randy Staub, put his own samples on there. Your guessalt is as good as mine when it comes to those!"

Watch Daniel performing the song with Nickelback here.

Nickelback released The Best Of Nickelback Volume 1 on November 19, 2013 through Roadrunner Records, and followed that up with shows across Europe as well as South Africa. To purchase Drumhead's 19-page feature article on Daniel, click here.

Read Steve Smith's answer to a Drumhead reader about getting out of a drumming rut, here.

If you have a question for a drummer send it to Drumhead here.


Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York & Undead Music Present


Allen Toussaint, Marc Ribot, Nels Cline, Terri Lyne Carrington, David Murray, James Carter, Daedelus, Karsh Kale, Petra Haden, Shigeto & More, Confirmed For May 14 Event at The Town Hall
Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York and Undead Music has announced the initial line-up for ‘A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets,’ set for May 14 at the majestic Manhattan venue The Town Hall. The event premiered in 2013 as part of the Red Bull Music Academy in New York and, this year, the event will return with all new artists including: legendary New Orleans pianist Allen Toussaint, global fusion pioneer Karsh Kale, Los Angeles-based producer Daedelus, Nels Cline—a guitarist with a history in punk, alternative rock and jazz who currently performs with Wilco—The Haden Triplets’ violinist and vocalist Petra Haden, and more. See initial line-up below.
The evening will give music fans a chance to hear artists from the music realms of jazz, electronic, experimental, rock and everything in between as they’ve never heard them before. The format will see one musician starting things off with a solo improvisation lasting five minutes. Another musician then will join for five minutes of duo improvisation. After those five minutes, musician #1 will leave the stage and musician #3 will join musician #2 for another five minutes, and so on. Noted the New York Times in a review of the 2013 show, “the line-up, mixing generations and genres, was cleverly curated to push each musician in different directions as partners changed.”
The event is part of the Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York. The month-long series of live performances, club nights, lectures, art installations and more, is set to kick off May 1 with a lineup of innovative artists, unique venues and signature show concepts that explore today’s musical landscape while paying homage to its history. The diverse musical showcase, which will become an annual New York City festival, is a legacy to the critically acclaimed Red Bull Music Academy that took place in New York in 2013. For additional information on the festival, and to purchase tickets, visit:
The Undead Music Series was launched in June of 2010 with the aim to attract new audiences to serious music while challenging expectations. Now in its fifth year, it celebrates the explosively creative, adventurous, instrumental music being made in New York City and beyond, with improvisational contributions of musicians from the realms of jazz, electronic, rock and experimental. For more details on the Undead Music Series, visit
The initial line-up for ‘A Night Of Improvised Round Robin Duets’ includes:
Allen Toussaint: Legendary New Orleans jazz pianist, inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Blues Hall of Fame
Terri Lyne Carrington: Grammy Award-winning jazz drummer, composer and record producer
Amp Fiddler: Detroit-based soul/funk musician and former member of George Clinton’s Parliament Funkadelic
Daedelus: Dublab-affiliated producer whose most recent projects were released on Ninja Tune and Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder Records
David Murray: Prolific jazz saxophonist who has released over 150 albums under his own name and is a co-founder of the World Saxophone Quartet
James Carter: Celebrated jazz saxophonist, and the recipient of multiple Downbeat Critics and Readers Choice Awards
Jherek Bischoff: Former sideman and accompanist in several bands who went on to release a pair of orchestral albums in 2012, one featuring the likes of David Byrne, Caetano Veloso, Craig Wedren, more
Karsh Kale: “Visionary composer and producer” (Billboard), a member of Bill Laswell’s Tabla Beat Science and a musical pioneer fusing Indian classical and folk with electronic, rock and pop.
Marc Ribot: New York City-based experimental guitarist who has collaborated with Tom Waits, Elvis Costello and composer John Zorn among many others
Nels Cline: Punk & alternative rock guitarist with a history in jazz who has played with Mike Watt and Thurston Moore, among others, and currently performs with Wilco
Petra Haden: Former violinist and singer in That Dog, who released an album earlier this year with her sisters in The Haden Triplets, a band made up of the daughters of legendary jazz bassist Charlie Haden
Shigeto: Producer on Ghostly International with a diverse sound that’s a unique blend of instrumental hip hop and electronic music, influenced by jazz
Event Details
Wednesday, March 14 at 8pm
@ The Town Hall - 123 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036
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Following up on the highly successful Drum Bash V. 4.0, held in October of 2013, local music educator and owner of Jim Chamber’s Music Box, Jim Chambers, will once again team with Sam Ash Music to present Drum Bash V.5.0 on Saturday, April 26th from 5:00-8:00 P.M. at the Sam Ash Music Store located at 1333 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL 33618. The event is free and open to the public. Over $2,500.00 in prizes awarded to the drum students that participate in the event. Sponsors of the event include: Pearl Drums, Vic Firth, Zildjian Cymbals and Sam Ash Music

For this 5th installment of Drum Bash, there will be three celebrity judges to select the best and brightest young stars. The judges include: Popular TV traffic/entertainment and news anchor Jennifer Epstein; she joined the FOX 13 team and the “Good Day Tampa Bay” staff in March of 2006. Jennifer is passionate about music and also involved with the Make a Wish Foundation. Casey Grillo is an admired, respected and versatile drummer. He is most often associated with Kamelot, an original and prestigious acts within the genre of Metal. Now based in Tampa, Grillo is also a highly respected producer and music teacher. Drummer Nate Young is a Tampa native and an original member of rock band Anberlin, who have had several singles on the Billboard 200 chart, including 2008's "New Surrender," which peaked at #13 and led to a performance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Anberlin will be appearing all Summer on the Van's Warped tour 2014. Young is endorsed by Ludwig, Vic Firth and Meinl Cymblas. 

Jim Chambers has been involved in all facets of the music business for over 20 years. His career started in 1991 in Atlanta at the indie label Sky Records, where he worked with Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls (co-owner of Sky/Daemon) and a roster of bands  that included Flat Duo Jets, and Swans. In 1992 Sony/BMG recruited Chambers as a product development executive for its alternative roster (Tool, Dave Mathews,TLC, Usher). In 1996, Chambers relocated to New York City where he was National Director of Sales for Hybrid Records (Guster, Mike Errico, Art Garfunkel). After a seven year stint at Hybrid/Sire, Chambers was appointed V.P of Sales for Octone Records, where he was a key player in the development of Maroon 5 garnering him two Grammy® Awards. Leaving Octone, Chambers briefly consulted for VH1 working within the consumer marketing department before being hired as General Manager of Warcon Records. During this time Chambers discovered the band Care Bears on Fire, which he co-managed for two years. In 2009 Chambers was appointed Global director A&R Department for Redeye distribution, where he signed Loudon Wainwright III leading to Chambers' third Grammy® win.

Chambers re-located to Tampa in 2009 and began teaching drums. In 2010, Jim Chambers’ Percussion Party held its first Drum Bash as a recital to showcase 20 of Chambers’ most talented students. The event offers the students an opportunity to perform in front of a live audience as well as to record their performances for YouTube® and other outlets. Attendance at the event continues to grow exponentially as word spreads about this fun, family-friendly event. This year’s Drum Bash will present 20 students.

In September of 2013, Chambers opened Jim Chambers’ Music Box. In addition to drums/percussion, Music Box now offers instruction in guitar, bass guitar, piano, voice and band formation. All the instructors are certified and focus on learning, practice and fun! The teaching facility is in a bright, art deco-decorated home located near the Northdale Neighborhood near Carrollwood, Lutz and Gaither High Schools.

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