Musicians do quite a bit of prep work before performing a face-melting show. After all, there's makeup, costumes, choreography and (sometimes) fake blood to consider.
To the surprise of many, air guitarists make the same intensive provisions.
"[Air guitarists] give countless hours to creating characters, editing music and choreographing routines," 2012 World Champion Justin "Nordic Thunder" Howard tells the RFT in an outtake from this week's cover story. "These brave souls spend weeks, sometimes more, preparing a routine that lasts only a minute."
Luckily, Howard, Eric "Mean Melin" Melin and Jason "Lt. Facemelter" Farnan are around to be Yodas to our air guitar padawans. Below, the three USAG champs share a few secrets to nailing the performances that adults secretly have been honing behind closed doors :
U.S. Air Guitar is hosting St. Louis' first-ever qualifying event Friday, June 28, at the Firebird (2706 Olive Street), with Eric "Mean Melin" Melin emceeing. Two winners from the qualifier will continue to the Mid-Atlantic semi-finals in Washington, D.C. Tickets are $10, and contestant entry is a few bucks more.