There can be very few men in the world who will not admit – no matter how long it takes them – to having at some time in the past (many of them in the past half an hour if they are honest) standing in front of a mirror playing air guitar. Some will admit, equally shame faced, to having used a prop to enhance their pretend guitar skills. Most usually it is a tennis racquet, although there are plenty of options (although if you use a hand mirror then the likely outcome is that your air banjo skills will be sharp, but your air guitar will lack a certain something).
Indeed, there are even air guitar championships these days – with America’s Craig “Hot Lixx Hulahan” Billmeier and Japan’s Ochi “Dainoji” Yosuke being among the best, and France’s Sylvain “Gunther Love” Quimene the current World Champion. In some cases, little is known about the air guitarist’s ability to play a real guitar, but as marks are given for being convincing it would seem that there is a lot of technical knowledge in evidence at the championships – however bizarre the whole concept might be.
Because when it comes down to it, what the World Air Guitar Championships tell us is that we get the creative urge pretty frequently, and when there is no guitar to hand we’ll settle for whatever lets us indulge our inner rock gods and goddesses. Well, that and the fact that some of us want to be guitarists, but haven’t fancied the cost of guitar, amp, van and roadies.