Just to start, I know it would be great if we could live in a world where a person was just a musician, regardless of gender, but we’re not there yet. I’m not trying to point a finger right now ir start a big debate on nomenclature, just curious to speak to more women in a similar situation…
I stumbled upon SheShreds magazine the other day and it totally took me by surprise. I’d never seen so many inspiring female guitarists in one place. I didn’t realise till then how male the music/guitar industry, and hence the content, magazines, advertising etc really is- I’m just so used to it being that way and never questioned it.
I am a woman. I also like to play guitar- a lot. I also know that, contrary to what one might assume, there are lots of us out there.
I do however think that me and others like me are very underserved by the music community as it stands- there are still such poor levels of representation of female musicians at all levels, which is really demotivating… I’ve been called a singer-songwriter while a male counterpart, despite being of the same technical level, and having an almost identical role, is referred to as a musician… It felt like a subtle manifestation of the assumption that girls just aren’t good guitarists (false).
I guess I just wanted to know people’s own experiences, and what they think needs to be done? For me, the simple power in going on that SheShreds site and SEEING these women talk openly about their profession was just so F***ing refreshing. I wanted to kiss my screen.