Guitar Techniques - - Talk Back -

I’ve been buy­ing your mag­a­zine for a num­ber of years now. I am a mas­sive fan and find it’s one of the only gui­tar mag­a­zines that you can ac­tu­ally play through for hours and learn from. I re­ally en­joy the lessons and the tran­scrip­tions ev­ery month.

I just wanted to con­grat­u­late you on your recog­ni­tion of fe­male gui­tar play­ers. Go­ing through my past is­sues, you are one of the only gui­tar mag­a­zines that con­tains tran­scrip­tions of great fe­male play­ers. I am mainly an elec­tric gui­tar player and it is great to see Chrissie Hynde, Bon­nie Ri­att and Joanne Shaw Tay­lor fea­tured in your mag­a­zine. Also, I think Brid­get’s fea­tures each month are fan­tas­tic and she is an amaz­ing player - her ar­range­ments of clas­si­cal pieces are re­ally beau­ti­ful.

As a fe­male gui­tarist who has spent years prac­tis­ing and play­ing, I find your mag­a­zine less in­tim­i­dat­ing than oth­ers to ap­proach. I’ve found with other gui­tar mag­a­zines, the only fea­tures on fe­male play­ers are “Hottest Fe­males in Mu­sic” or women pos­ing with gui­tars. This view of the gui­tar as purely a man’s in­stru­ment should be a thing of the past. There are many fan­tas­tic fe­male gui­tar play­ers out there who de­serve recog­ni­tion for their skill and mu­si­cal abil­i­ties. So, I just wanted to thank you for mak­ing your mag­a­zine a mag­a­zine for all gui­tarists.

Keep up the good work. Shell, Dublin Thanks Shell. Ac­tu­ally I of­ten feel em­bar­rassed by the amount of great fe­male gui­tarists we DON’T cover in the mag­a­zine. Ob­vi­ously there are the Jo­nis, the Bon­nies, the Chrissies etc, but there are plenty of other great women gui­tar play­ers out there – and al­ways have been. While many fall into the US-cen­tric rock-metal area – Marissa Pater­nos­ter (Scream­ing Fe­males), The Great Kat, Jennifer Bat­ten, Kelly Deal etc – there’s also Ori­anthi, Kaki King (also su­perb on acous­tic), St Vin­cent, Su­san Tedeschi, PJ Har­vey, Deb­o­rah Cole­man, Laura Mar­ling (GT229), Gabrielle Aplin and so on. Not to men­tion Su­san­nah Hoffs of The Ban­gles, Sh­eryl Crow and Heart’s Nancy Wil­son (fea­tured in last month’s 60 Sec­onds With…). But your let­ter has re­minded us of the wealth of fe­male gui­tar talent that is out there – and, when we do cover them, rest as­sured it won’t be ’10 Hottest Axes Babes In Rawk!”

Gabrielle Aplin, cover star of Gui­tarist Acous­tic

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