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2021 Scholarship Contest Results:

1. Genki Okuyama
2. Motoki Wada
3. Kazu Yamane

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone who took part!





In the event that winners do not reside in Tokyo, private lessons can be taken online. 


General Guidelines


  • No age limit

  • Any style

  • The judges are looking for potential as well as existing skill




  • Video submission deadline: July 15th, 2021

  • Finalists will be selected by The American Guitar Academy

  • The winners will be chosen by Steve Lukather and Larry Carlton

  • Winner announcement: August 16th, 2021. The winner will be announced via and via email.


Video Guidelines


  • The use of backing tracks is permitted (see sample track below). 

  • Length: ≤ 5 minutes

  • The competitor should be visible at all times.

  • The video must be recorded in one take.

  • The use of effects at the time of recording (e.g. distortion on a rock song) is permitted. Edits and post-production are not allowed.

  • Competitors may not make their video publicly available before July 15th, 2021.


Submitting Your Video


  • The title of the video should be TAGA Scholarship Contest 2021, Participant’s Name, (e.g. TAGA Scholarship Contest 2021, Taro Yamada).

  • Entries will be accepted by post, an email to, common video sharing platforms such as YouTube or Vimeo, or file sharing platforms such as WeTransfer, Google Drive, or DropBox. 

  • The video description should contain the composer and name of the piece played.

  • Videos uploaded to video sharing platforms must be uploaded as “Unlisted” and the video comments should be deactivated.


Terms and Conditions


  • Not open to current TAGA Students 

  • Not open to employees of Rittor Music, Shinko Music Entertainment, The American Guitar Academy or their families

  • Restricted to one entry each

  • Applicants acknowledge that submitting unrepresentative videos or incorrect information will result in disqualification

  • The judges’ decision is final

  • Your personal details will not be shared outside of The American Guitar Academy 

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