On September 8th (9th in Japan time), Ochi in Japan won at Air Guitar world championship in Oulu, Finland at the fist time. This is the first brilliant achievement in Japan and Asia.
In the Air Guitar contest, 13 countries participated (Australia, Austria, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Norway, the United States, Germany, France, Japan, Italy, and the Great Britain), and Ochi qualified for the next round as 1st. Ochi played “Are You Gonna Be My Girl” by JET for a minute wearing sultry sweater and sunglasses which reminds Japanese people of old fashioned guy in Japan. He performed powerfully on the stage with his dynamic body, and an audience commented s/he could see even a guitar was broken. Judges spoke very highly of his simple and traditional guitarring. Ochi received transparent guitar called “flying Finn” and an amplifier from Brian May, Queen Guitarist.
Air guitar is a performance how people play fictional guitar splendidly. Ochi started playing air guitar a month before. He took part in Japan contest with half joking, but he passed it and became a Japanese representative.
When I heard this news on TV, I couldn’t believe it because Ochi is a comedian in Japan. He plays manzai with a partner, and the duo is called Dainoji.
Air Guitar is now well-know and popular performance in Japan. It doesn’t need expensive guitar and an amplifier; you just need music and heart to rock on. This developped into not only guitar but also piano, drams, saxophone base and even vocal! I have seen some bands without instruments playing music like air guitar. I don’t have courage to try air guitar but still fun to see people playing.
Here is Ochi performance at Finland. (thank you, soursop!)
Here is Air band by Japanese top idol group, Arashi.
I should have introduced about Takeshi Kongouchi as well. He is No.4 air guitar player in the world who spread air guitar in Japan by performing on TV. He even released a CD. I like his performance too.
Here is information for people who want to master air guitar.
Air guitar text book
Air guitar DVD