2012 New England Flatpicking Championship Winners:
1st Place: Ben Cockman (pictured right)
2nd Place: Alan Schad
3rd Place: Nick Desabastion
See our first place winner, Ben Cockman, playing with our 2012 headliner, Tommy Emmanuel, backstage at TommyFest!
Prizes for this years competition: TBA! If you would like to enter the flatpicking contest, please send us an email with your name, phone, and email to Flatpicking@ossipeevalley.com You will need to purchase a ticket to the festival in order to compete. Registration for the contest begins half an hour before the contest starts, at The Saco Stage. F latpicking Rules: Contestants will be judged according to the following: Arrangement and Repertiore 40 Pts Technique, Tuning, Execution and Timing 40 Pts Overall Impression and Artistic Quality 10 Pts
10 Pts Registration for the competition ends 30 minutes before the beginning. Contestants must be present no less then 30 minutes before the beginning of the contest to be eligible. Flatpicking Judging Guidelines: 40 pts. Arrangement and Repertiore Contestants should be rewarded for playing interesting music, and playing good arrangements and good music. It is not enough to merely play all the notes well. They should be notes worth playing. Is the contestant doing something new or original or is it just something that was learned from a recording and directly derivative of a common style or a well name players style? 40 pts. Technique, Tuning, Execution and Timing Contestants should maintain a steady pulse and rhythm and properly execute all the notes they attempt to play. Attack, speed, tone, phrasing, etc. all enter into this technical expertise area. 10 pts. Overall Impression and Artistic Quality Is it good music? Is it pleasant to listen to and evocative of more than just the skill of the player? Is it played with feeling and taste? 10 pts. Versatility Players who demonstrate proficiency in more than one style will be rated higher than those who only play one style, and likewise points should be given for playing different kinds of music in one style.