The other day I was talking to Paul Riario, Guitar World’s gear editor. The subject came around to why women don’t buy more gear. My reply to Riario was, “You’re right. I would buy a new pair of shoes before I picked up a new guitar accessory.”
Perhaps we misjudged you. When we introduced the first Exposed article last month, we were blown away by the overwhelming support and interest in these fine ladies and their guitar prowess. So here we are again, presenting 10 more artists who share a passion for guitar. They are from different eras, genres, and philosophies, but all know their way around a guitar –- be it acoustic, electric, or classical.
There’s something about classical guitar that just blows me away. The classical world’s version of shred is so technically mind-boggling and gorgeously rendered at the same time. And Grammy Award-winning guitarist Sharon Isbin is truly a master of this genre.
I went to Guitar Center to buy some audio cables the other day. They were special ones with banana plug ends. I had the spec written down on a piece of paper, and I was a little nervous going into the GC audio department never having purchased this type of cable before.
Ana Popovic can play the shit out of the blues. And she belts it out like a mother in pain, too. But what really captivated me was the sight of her wielding her Strat and tossing off a bevy of tasty Stevie Ray Vaughan-esque licks while wearing a super-sleek, silver mini-dress. Yep. The totally package. Hot. Cool. Killer chops. But don’t think that Popovic hasn’t paid her dues when it comes to the blues.
When Mimi Fox was eleven, she started teaching guitar lessons out of her house. That’s right – eleven years old. The fact that she could make more money teaching guitar than babysitting opened her eyes to what would become her future. (Hmm, changing poopy diapers or sharing some six string savvy. Which would you choose?)
Face it, guys; we gals want to rock just as much as you do, and we don’t want any negative, "you can’t do this" energy standing in our way. Enter Girls Rock Camp, a place for females of all ages to grab a guitar, a keyboard, a microphone or whatever else they desire and immerse themselves in all that is fine and soul-fulfilling about making music. With no distracting testosterone floating about in the air.
Justin Bieber isn’t the only musician who knows how to harness the power of YouTube. When she was 18, Nili Brosh posted a video called “Guthrie Govan solo played by 18 year old girl.” Her dexterity and ability stunned viewers, and her video went viral, landing her an endorsement with Inspire Guitars.
Many of you may be under the impression that there aren’t a lot of female guitarists worthy of a mention on GuitarWorld.com. That is where you are DEAD WRONG! In fact, we have come across so many kickass players, across every genre and era, that we thought we’d give you a tasty tidbit of a few that stand out from the pack.
A trained classical violinist, Bridgid Bibbens says she’s “crossed over to the dark side.” But with gigs under her belt with host of heavies like Christina Aguilera, Trans Siberian Orchestra, Tommy Lee, Jay-Z, John Mayer, Alicia Keys and a boatload more, I’d say the dark side is treating her pretty darn good.