Some wannabe rockers lack musical talent, a real setback in the recording industry.
Musical abilities notwithstanding, top air guitarists from New York City were chosen this week to perform in a regional event that precedes world competition.
These string-less strummers will go to Denver, Colorado, and compete in the last contest before the International Air Guitar Championships in Finland.
The world’s best virtual guitarists will receive global recognition for fingering thin air at the International show.
Even rock nerds who’ve never seen a Floyd Rose Fender Blacktop Stratocaster, let alone ripped a riff on one, can be a sort of rock star.
Meanwhile, the virtual art of playing air guitars is serious business in New York and other American cities. Twenty-two air jammers rocked their hearts out to be crowned New York's best.
Among them was Andrew Jackson Litz, a corporate event planner who performs under the alias "Seth Liebowitz."
"For a competition like this I will normally start six months in advance. And I will pick out a song that I feel is comfortable with me and my character and I am just on all levels truly jiving with. And then I will practice for probably three to four hours a day leading up to the competition," Litz said.
He explained the nuances involved in becoming a successful air guitarist.
"If you can get to the moment in the song where you truly believe that you are playing an air guitar, because if you can do that I feel like that will resonate with the crowd and they in that very moment of the song will in their mind say, "O my god, this guy is truly playing the air guitar," maybe the real guitar."
The winner of the night in New York was Aristotle, who will compete against 11 other regional champions in Denver on July 21.
Who knows, there may be a footloose, funky-fingered air head from rural America good enough to represent the country in Finland.
The national championship winner will represent the United States at the World Championships in Finland on August 24 where air tweakers from 24 different countries will compete.