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
magazine’s inaugural issue