GGS proudly presents our first workshop:
The Power of 4 Strings: Bass Basics for Guitarists & Beginners
Sunday, November 13; 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
$35.00 | Seats available 6
Our classroom space in Baxter Northup Music, 14534 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA
Terry de Castro, bass player extraordinaire for British Indie bands The Wedding Present and Goya Dress, leads this 90-minute introduction to the world and power of the bass. Explore simple bass lines and rhythm. Learn about female players rockin’ the bass universe. Bring your bass or acoustic guitar and be ready to have a heckuva lot of fun!
Students are required to provide their own instruments, small practice amps are encouraged.
Contact us today to reserve your spot. Space is limited and will fill quickly.
For more in the exciting news column…GGS students were featured on Everett True’s blog, Collapse Board! Our deepest thanks to Joyce Raskin for including our work in her article. Check out the Reckless Pretties doing their thing at the Stories Cafe event in July right here.
As always, feel free to drop us a line with questions or referrals. Information on our next session of group classes soon on the way. Next up this month is a four-week Ukelele class! Sundays- 2:00 – 2:45 p.m., starting 11/27. Be sure to sign up for our email updates so you don’t miss it.
See you at the workshop!
This Sunday we will be sponsoring our first free introductory group guitar class for girls and women of all ages! Class starts 12 p.m. and goes until 1. All you need to do is show up with a guitar. We’ll walk you through the rest.
Next official session starts Sunday, July 3 and runs for eight weeks (no class 7/24). Can’t make the first class? No problem! We know it’s a holiday weekend. You can sub one 30-minute private lesson in its place at some point over the session. All classes are taught at Baxter Northup Music, located at 14534 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Tuition for the eight-week session is $250.00 (class on Sunday is FREE!).This is in conjunction with the music school at Baxter’s open house.
How are you keeping yourself inspired for the summer? These are a few of the ways to keep the inspiration fires burning:
Here are a few of the books in our stack for July.
My Misadventures as a Teenage Rockstar by Joyce Raskin
Rock ’n’ roll isn’t just about sex and drugs. It’s about self-expression, lasting friendships, and self-empowerment. That’s what Alex learns after she starts playing bass for a rock band in this almost true story. Joyce Raskin, author and musician, culls from her memories to create this funny, touching, and honest look at what it’s like to be a teenager, a girl, and a rock star all at the same time.
Also included are a note from the author, instructions on how to play basic guitar chords, advice on songwriting, and more!
Joyce (and Scarce) will be joining forces with GGS for book signing and performances at Stories LA in Echo Park on July 24 at 4 pm w/Cool Moms and other special guests. More details to follow! More info on Joyce can be found right here info about the West Coast tour here.
The Girls’ Guide to Rocking by Jessica Hopper.
We here at GGS consider this book an essential read for any guitar player. Packed with all sorts of information, this book will be a go-to volume throughout your musical journey – what to look for when buying your first instrument, how to record yourself and your friends, how to book your first tour, be in a band. Also includes a great timeline spanning the history of women in rock, more recommended reading, listening and watching!
Go to camp!
There are several national music camps happening across the country in July. Here are a few of our favorites (click pink link for website).
Rock n Roll Camp for Girls or Girls Rock! These camps are usually a week long and are all about empowering girls through music education. Camps usually culminate with a show at a local venue. Please see website for listing of camps and cities.
Other camps in Los Angeles:
Friday, June 24, the red sparowes will be playing at the Center for the Arts in Eagle Rock. Tix are $12.00. It is an all ages show. Get your tix here! Tickets
Make a mix of some of your favorite female players and ask a friend to do the same and then exchange them!
We have our own brand spankin’ new YouTube Channel! www.youtube.com/user/girlsgtr
It’s loaded with interviews, instruction and music by a variety of female guitar players and bands. Subscribe today and let us know what other videos we should include. Coming soon to the girlsgtr channel – GGS instructional videos. Woohoo!
Open Mic it, lady!
Pick a song or two and try out playing live at a local open mic or just for your friends at casual summer gathering.
Whatever you do – make it a musical summer. As always, please email or give us a jingle if you have any questions.
We’ll see you class!