The Absolute Music Guitar Competition

As part of Guitar Week, in our anniversary celebration, we are running this incredible competition...If you are a guitarist then this is a competition you will want to enter.
Below you will find 3 backing tracks (Jazz, Blues and Rock), simply download and get jamming!
All you have to do to enter the competition is:

  • Download your chosen backing track
  • Practice along with the track until you are ready to record
  • Upload your recording to Soundcloud, Bandcamp or something similar
  • Fill in the form below (not forgetting the link to the recording!) before Monday 9th October
  • Please do not email in your entry!
  • A winner and the runners up will be announced on 21st October

UPDATE: We have selected our finalists!
Click here to hear them and vote for your favourite


Prizes up for grabs:

1st Prize: Fender Duo Sonic guitar and Mustang GT 100 amp
2nd Prize: Line6 Helix LT Pedal
3rd Prize: Boss Katana 50 amp

Up for grabs is a new Fender Duo Sonic guitar (which might not be the colour shown in the photo, more details on that soon!) along with a Mustang GT 100 digital modelling amp for first prize.

The second place winner will receive an incredible new Line 6 Helix LT pedal, which is one of the most advanced yet user-friendly professional multi-effects unit available.

Last but not least, 3rd place will get a Boss Katana 50, the stage-ready 50-watt combo amp with a custom 12-inch speaker!


The Judging Panel:

Our judges will be looking for the following things in your performance Melody, Originality, Feel and Technical ability. Let's meet the judges...

Andy Scott

Andy Scott

Phil Walker

Phil Walker
(Story of Guitar Heroes)

Scott McKeon

Scott McKeon
(Sir Tom Jones / Rufus Black)

Lee Williams

Lee Williams
(Absolute Music Guitar Guru)


Backing tracks

If you are new to recording guitar, we recommend looking into a beginner's DAW package such as Ableton Live, Pro Tools First or Garageband (Mac only). Once you're ready to record, simply download one of the backing tracks by clicking the download button, near the top-right corner of one of the Soundcloud preview boxes above and import it into your recording software of choice.


This competition has now closed and all entries are making their way to the judges. Stay tuned for updates!


Help! I am not able to record my entry!

If you do not have the tech to record your solo, and you live locally, we could do it for you for just £15 at our in-house recording studio (based on a half-hour session). Simply call the studios on 01202 572948 or email [email protected] and ask about the special anniversary competition offer!


Rules for Entry:

  1. The competition is open to all UK residents except employees of Absolute Music and their suppliers
  2. The judge’s decision is final and correspondence will not be entered in to
  3. No cash alternatives will be substituted for the prize
  4. The promoter reserves the right to offer alternative items of a greater or equivalent value should unforeseen circumstances require it
  5. Only the first entry per person will be entered into the competition
  6. By entering this competition you agree to be added to the mailing list of Absolute Music and the competition sponsor(s)
  7. The winners consent to publication of their names on the Absolute Music Facebook Page and may be required to participate in post-event publicity arranged by or on behalf of the promoter