Indiana State Fingerstyle Competition

Just finished up a weekend in Nashville Indiana where I competed in the Indiana State Fingerstyle guitar competition. There were 24 really good contestants this year. This contest is set up very much like the International contest I attend in Winfield, KS. The prize here was a very nice O.C. Bear guitar. It’s a hand made guitar by Clint Bear and valued at $5000. Our buddy Kade Puckett won this year. It’s very fitting as well, because he’s the Indiana boy and has been wanting an O.C. Bear guitar for a long time.

  • If you’re a fingerstyle guitar player, this is a contest you’ll want to enter. The people of Nashville are very accommodating. Many of us played gigs around town, where folks showed up. If  they keep it up, this contest has a potential of having a competitive edge with Winfield’s Contest.

Mark Sganga got second place with a cash prize and a student type Indiana Guitar.

I got 3rd place, with a plaque and $100 cash prize. My buddy Jimmy Deheno was a runner up, along with Jonathan Brown and Dan Bankhurst. 

I also got to teach my first workshop for fingerstyle guitar. It was really great and got to give some individual attention to each student as they learned some new guitar techniques. Got to show off my Takamine Guitar and talk about why I love Takamine

Indiana Contest photo

 The Stage at the Brown County playhouse

Indiana Contest winners

Clint Bear, Mark Sganga, Kade Puckett, Lance Allen

Lance and jimmy practicing

Me and Jimmy Practicing against a cinder block wall. lol Funny picture.