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SYSK: Jason Christensen competes in national guitar contest

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33-year-old Jason Christensen of Marion started playing guitar when he was about 14 years old.

Christensen said his dad had some old blues records that piqued his interest in music and the guitar.

"It was the first thing I could do relatively well. I wasn't good at sports or anything," said Jason Christensen.

Back in May, one of Christensen's friends got him to sign up for a Battle of the Blues Contest at the Guitar Center Store in Cedar Rapids.

"Guitar Center has 30 backing tracks to pick online. So you pick one to play with. It's almost like karaoke. They play it behind you on speakers," he said.

Christensen won the local contest, then he won a district contest in June in Minneapolis, next he won a regional contest in July in Chicago. Now he's competing in the grand final August 18th in Los Angeles.

"I'm pretty excited. I didn't expect to get this far. I just did it for fun. I'm excited," said Christensen.

At the final, Christensen will play with a band and perform a two minute acoustic solo. He's judged on technique, authenticity and originality.

Making it to the top six out of about six thousand original contestants is a pretty big accomplishment.

"I'd hoped, but everything is so subjective, you never know," he said.

The father of three has played in a band before, so he said he's not too nervous for the performance. He's just going to play and hope the judges enjoy it.

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