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About air guitar[edit]

I play real guitar and occasionally i find myself air guitaring but i would never do it in front of people. As much as people say the air guitarists have no talent i've gotta say they have guts —Preceding unsigned comment added by 66.31.99.230 (talk) 01:08, 22 June 2008 (UTC)

Convenience[edit]

"An air guitar is an imaginary musical instrument that can be played anywhere at any time, as it doesn't make a sound and is very light to carry around."? I'll say! - Ta bu shi da yu 05:48, 27 Jan 2005 (UTC)

Are you saying this is a false statement? Mikkalai 06:53, 27 Jan 2005 (UTC)

"Unusual article" nomination[edit]

I'd like to nominate this for Wikipedia:Unusual articles - what's the process for that? -- BD2412 thimk 15:44, 2005 May 2 (UTC)

  • As far as I can tell, you just go and add it to the list. – ClockworkSoul 05:35, 4 May 2005 (UTC)

Added details of an incident that happened Lord Of Nothing 16:43, 13 March 2006 (UTC)

Nonsense?[edit]

"Air band sign record deal and record worlds first air guitar band studio session. In 2004, after 3 years of relentless touring that saw them headlining the UK Air guitar championships, conquering Glastonbury & V festivals, culminating in the mother of all food fights, PISS signed a record deal with Brighton based Red Records. The result was a 4 track EP entitled 'Piece of PISS'. Only 500 were pressed and are now prized collectors pieces fetching upwards of £280 on EBay. Shortly afterward the release the label went bankrupt. PISS played their last ever gig at the Motley Crue end of tour party 2005. See This is PISS: The worlds greatest Air Guitar band"

The first sentence seems very... not written by someone familiar with English. It seems very incoherent and I'm going to rempove it unless someone can make sense of it.Phoenix Song 02:00, 14 November 2006 (UTC)

Air Guitar Kills[edit]

I've removed this text from the article, it's far from encyclopedic, but I'll preserve it here:

  • "In Singapore, Chinese student Li Xiaomeng was jumping up and down on his friend’s bed imitating a rock star when he accidentally jumped out of the third storey window to the ground below.

Xiaomeng was taken to hospital immediately, but died the next day from his injuries. Usually the windows were locked, but students sometimes forced them open to smoke [1]."

-- stillnotelf has a talk page 04:51, 19 March 2006 (UTC)

Picture?[edit]

Should we put in a picture (either blank, of an air guitar, or of someone playing one), or would that be too jovial? Daniel () 17:57, 5 April 2006 (UTC)

I think it might be hard to find a picture of someone playing an air guitar that captures it - it's all in the motions, I'm not sure a still shot will do justice. If you've got one, go for it. I think a blank picture would be a little silly, though... -- stillnotelf is invisible 23:51, 5 April 2006 (UTC)

My challenge[edit]

I challenge this page to find a photograph of not the second best air guitarist, but the best air guitarist, playing air guitar. That would improve this page significantly. Original, copyright-free work, it should be. --DavidShankBone 14:55, 6 September 2006 (UTC)

Bill and Ted?[edit]

How bout citing Bill & Ted's use of the Air Guitar?

Great idea. Heh heh.

Yeah, in "Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey". Excellent! Jerome Potts 00:02, 14 January 2007 (UTC)

Proposed merge[edit]

Information on Air guitar is scarce and I believe that it would be better to unite information on all history, championships and events in one article. I really want to write up history, styles and schools parts, but I don't know where to do it: on "championship" article or "air guitar" article - these two seem to intersect a lot. --GreyCat 14:44, 10 January 2007 (UTC)

I think "Air Guitar" because it's a broader category. The championship article wouldn't be the place to discuss general air guitar techniques, etc., but an air guitar championship would fit nicely under the broader Air Guitar article. --DavidShankBone 19:26, 10 January 2007 (UTC)

History[edit]

Air Guitar originated in England in the mid to late 70's? Please! Competitive Air Guitar maybe, but certainly not the instinctive informal type of Air Guitar most commonly played nor any variation such as Car Guitar, Air Drums, Air Vocals, Air Harmonica, Air Mick Jagger...etc. Impossible to say who Air Guitared first, or when it was done, but there were plenty of air strings broken before the mid-70's. Jameywiki 19:04, 14 February 2007 (UTC)

I agree - any "history" of air guitar should be cited. Until then, I removed this section:

The origins of the air guitar is highly debated among fans and practitioners. What can be told with some certainty is that it originated in England during the New Wave of British Heavy Metal era during the mid to late 1970s. The person most likely to be the originator of the air guitar is Rob Loonhouse who was one of the many visitors of the club The Soundhouse in North West London back in 1975-76. He was widely known for showing up playing air guitar and later cardboard and hardboard guitars. This practice soon gained many followers with eventually several dozen people in front of the stage, and eventually on stage, playing various degrees of air and board guitars.

--DavidShankBone 19:08, 14 February 2007 (UTC)
Somebody re-added the history section. To avoid a revert war I left it in, but added Template:Unsourced and Template:Fact in and around the history section. Unsourced material should be flagged as such, not removed outright. If no sources appear for a while then it may be removed. I think this material is possible to source (and write in a more verifiable tone with less weasel words). For example: "It is impossible to say when the air guitar was first played, since humans have certainly been pantomining playing musical insturments since their inventions. However the modern air guitar as an imitation of the stylized electric guitar playing of heavy metal bands was apparently popularized by Rob Loonhouse, who played cardboard guitar and air guitar at the popular London club The Soundhouse." This link might be a good start. --TexasDex 18:21, 18 February 2007 (UTC)

Earl Marischal writes:

History of Air Guitar - I can remember this being practised in the late 1960s to Jimi Hendrix & Cream songs. The dating of it from the start of the NWOBHM is quite definitely wrong. ```` — Preceding unsigned comment added by Earl Marischal (talkcontribs) 20:43, 27 February 2007 (UTC)

Couldn't you technically go through old prose like Shakespeare or whatever and look for references such as "strummed his hand like he was holding an imaginary lute" or whatever, and attribute that as the earliest form of Air Guitar? Or does it have to be a guitar? Electric or Acoustic? Actually isn't this starting to become "research by Wikipedia"?

--64.173.240.130 (talk) 15:15, 11 December 2007 (UTC)

Funky Winkerbean[edit]

I was seeing air guitar in the Funky Winkerbean comic strip back in the 1970s. Is there an earlier reference? Denimadept 17:08, 15 August 2007 (UTC)

Guitar Hero link[edit]

Is the "Guitar Hero" link here supposed to be to the video game of that name, or the whole "Guitar Hero" game series, or what? What's the connection? I've been cleaning up guitar hero definitions and links, but I don't know what to do with this one. Rodparkes 04:19, 20 September 2007 (UTC)

The Guitar Hero series seems to be a bit more relevant than any specific title in the series. Anyway... the vast majority of the games in the series allow the player to enter a cheat that makes their character use an "Air guitar" when playing a song. That is about the only reference I can think of off hand as to why there would be a link to anything related to "Guitar Hero" on the main article. Hope that makes sense. lightsup55 ( T | C ) 10:07, 18 December 2007 (UTC)

I agree. That was the first I had ever seen air guitar, on Funky Winkerbean. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 173.48.197.236 (talk) 19:54, 11 August 2009 (UTC)

Leah Chancellor[edit]

I found no information whatsoever even associating air guitar with the name, so I removed the text. Apparently it has been removed from the introduction before. Unless a reliable source is found it should be removed on sight. --TexasDex 04:16, 5 December 2007 (UTC)

Moved Section[edit]

Moved Björn Türoque section to Björn Türoque, also redirected Bjorn Turoque Kevinebaugh (talk) 19:25, 3 January 2008 (UTC)

That page now redirects back here which orphans this content:
Björn Türoque (pronounced "byorn to rock," and spelled with heavy metal umlauts; real name: Dan Crane) became a well-known air guitarist as a frequent finalist of World Championships. In 2003–2005 he competed in ten air guitar competitions around the world and came in second place five times out of ten. In 2006, he published a book To Air is Human: One Man's Quest to Become the World's Greatest Air Guitarist[1]. He hosts a set of events named "Aireoke" (a portmanteau of "air guitar" and "karaoke"). These events are held in relatively small local clubs and allow everyone to try becoming a rockstar for 1 minute, playing air guitar in public. Most successful persons performing in aireoke proceed to US championships.
Jake (talk) 05:45, 31 March 2012 (UTC)

Innovation in air guitar or a different topic?[edit]

The section on Innovation seems to me to be about something different than air guitar as it is commonly known. Air guitar is a sort of dramatic performance accompanying recorded music. These innovations listed are about actually performing (or at least conducting) the production of music via gestures. I'm not sure what the correct term should be. Perhaps virtual guitar? -- Jake (talk) 05:45, 31 March 2012 (UTC)

Missing in article: Germany: University course and Academic Research on Air Guitarism[edit]

(to be added in a Germany section (competitions etc.) in this article ....) As always, the Germans take those things very seriously, there are even cultural scientists at the renowned University of Hildesheim ( part of Niedersachsen's state university network and at least geographically not far from Göttingen University ) doing research and writing papers on the cultural aspects of Air Guitarism. Aline Westphal, the 2011 Air Guitar World Champion, has been a graduate of that program, she wrote a master's thesis on the topic. --Ischtiraki (talk) 12:58, 29 July 2013 (UTC)

What's wrong with you people?[edit]

Why are you paying attention to this? This is really stupid...go read a book and improve yourselves in a meaningful manner! — Preceding unsigned comment added by 24.144.12.39 (talk) 04:11, 14 August 2013 (UTC)

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