June 13, 2013 @ 10:04 a.m.
Competitions are simply about determining who does any given thing best. If not so much as a single note is played in air guitar, why would an air guitar competition require competitors to play notes? The question seems silly.
Like Lt. Facemelter said, though, these are as much performance art as competition, so it doesn't really matter. No one is forced to attend these shows. Air guitar is not taking money out of the pockets of musicians (in fact, many air guitarists play there guitar or other instruments in real bands). It's just good, clean fun. Maybe not clean. But fun. That's why these shows regularly sell out.
You're not the first air guitar skeptic. I've heard from plenty of folks who were dragged to their first air guitar show expecting to have a bad time, only to be converted and return year after year. Videos don't do it justice.
Besides...people have been playing air guitar for decades. Taking it to the stage was a natural progression. I don't know of anyone who air cooks, but if it catches on, I'm sure that'll become a competition, too.
Come check out a show. I guarantee you'll have a great time!
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