Segovia’s acoustic nuevo-flamenco music makes Frankland stand out at competitions — more than he already does performing as an amputee. In 2013 he began performing while sitting since his leg was amputated.
“After my amputation… I would lose my balance,” Frankland said.
He said the Spanish culture he was introduced to as a student at Tecumseh greatly influenced him, leading him to explore and appreciate Spanish music and Latino radio stations.
“It stays in the back of your mind … until I started using it,” Frankland said.
Contestants are judged based on stage presence, appearance and how convincingly they play air guitar. Sitting allows him to more easily command the stage and audience, he said.
“It’s got me noticed … and I just ran with it,” he said.
Frankland is hopeful for his future with air guitar and wants to continue performing.
“I’m not nervous about (the finals) … at least not yet,” he said. “Once the music starts, anything can happen.”