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</font><blockquote><font>quote:</font><table><tr><td><table><tr><td> Be that as it may, why is there only one female in the list of the top 100 guitar players Rosa linked to here? Only one out of a hundred. How can that be? </td></tr></table></td></tr></table></blockquote>I posted that link because it contained a bit on J, and, seeing as this is a J Mascis page, I figured that some people might actually enjoy that little paragraph. No need imply that I aligned myself with the opinions of Guitar.com.

</font><blockquote><font>quote:</font><table><tr><td><table><tr><td> Are girls — in general — less interested in playing guitar than boys? </td></tr></table></td></tr></table></blockquote>Nope.

</font><blockquote><font>quote:</font><table><tr><td><table><tr><td> Is the list made up by sexist pigs who ignore important female guitar players? </td></tr></table></td></tr></table></blockquote>It’s part sexism, and part cultural ignorance. Oh yeah, and record companies have no balls. There are lots of women guitarists signed, but how many of them actually get marketed? We’re too "risky". Because really, who is ready to hear a talented female guitarist? <img>

</font><blockquote><font>quote:</font><table><tr><td><table><tr><td> Out of the (very good) female guitar players that I know and have been in bands with, very few have any interest in solos </td></tr></table></td></tr></table></blockquote>That has been my experience too. The only explanation I can think of is that men are more interested in (NOT more adept at) technical details in general. Kind of like how most auto technicians are men, but women have a better overall feel for the way the vehicle handles. (We also are better drivers year after year, extend the metaphor if you wish <img> )

</font><blockquote><font>quote:</font><table><tr><td><table><tr><td> The lack of role models for female guitarists might be one reason for women to pick up guitars </td></tr></table></td></tr></table></blockquote>Nah. I learned how to play guitar listening to Dinosaur Jr, and I told J that when I met him. There was never ever any moment in my life where I hesitated to explore guitar because there weren’t enough female guitarists in the public eye.

But I do agree with the rest of your post, Salamiguy. There are so many people that don’t get credit for whatever stupid reasons. Of course it was shocking to me that Nancy Wilson and Susan Tedeschi were not included on that "top 100" list. Even Ani DiFranco, who I don’t even like, can wrangle a guitar with just as much skill as anyone.

I remember reading an interview with Tori Amos a long time ago; when she was first starting her solo career, the radio stations would tell her, "we can’t play any more girls this hour; we’re already playing Sarah McLachlan".

It’s discouraging, but encouraging at the same time.

xo
Rosa