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Austin's coolest way for women to learn, share, and collaborate over a glass of wine is always kicking off new sessions of acoustic guitar, bass,vocal, songwriting, and band classes! Girl Guitar focuses on a full music experience, encouraging women to take their inherent love of music and carry on with playing, writing, performing, collaborating, booking, and generally just having a great time!  Whether you're just getting started or taking your skills up a step, Girl Guitar is the most fun you'll have in your journey to the stage!

All classes are 21 and up.

 

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Classes For Women Who Have Never Touched A Guitar

Looking to play guitar but feel like so much of a novice that you have no idea where to start? Start here! Girl Guitar's Total Beginner Acoustic Classes are treated like you've never touched a guitar before and you're not expected to know ANYTHING before you show up. We'll walk you through tuning, how to hold your guitar, your first basic chords, basic strum patterns, and have you playing your first songs! You'll be surrounded by other women who also have no idea what they're doing (yet) and one very…

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Mayor Proclaims March 25th 'Girl Guitar Day' In Austin, TX!

Mayor proclaims March 25th 'Girl Guitar Day' in Austin, TX! 

Join us this Saturday for the party of the decade as Girl Guitar celebrates 10 years of learning, creating, loving, sharing, partying, performing, and one of Austin's most unique and supportive communities. In fact, Girl Guitar is so special that Austin Mayor Steve Adler has proclaimed March 25th as Girl Guitar Day! All are welcome and we'll have live music from Mother Rukkus as well as raffles for great prizes, food, beer, wine, and our first…

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Austin and Nashville Classes, Holiday Party, Gift Certificates, and More!

Howdy folks, and Happy Thanksgiving from Girl Guitar!  

There is SO MUCH going on at GG these days, so have fun cruising all the great info below and email back to join us for classes or workshops and to ask questions. We love hearing from you! 

January Classes 

All classes start the week of January 9th and run for 6 weeks. The Showcases will be February 25th (Acoustic and Songwriting) and February 26th (Bands and Vocal Harmony). All classes are 21+. 

Mondays 

12:30 Day Band with Mandy 
7 Total Beginner…

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October Workshops with Shelley King, Brenda Freed, and Cass Brostad!

Need a quick fix? Time for some inspiration? Want to work out some singing kinks? How about just being creative with other women? Girl Guitar is always there for those things, but now you can try out some in bite size chunks with our October Workshops! To sign up just email mandy@girlguitaraustin.com. Space is limited and all workshops are for women 21 and up.  

Saturday, Oct. 8, 12-2: Effortless Singing with Brenda Freed ($50) 

Sunday, Oct. 9, 12-3: Songwriting with Shelley King ($75) 

Saturday, Oct.…

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Registration Is Open For Fall Girl Guitar!

Hey ladies, join us for another fun session of Girl Guitar, starting the week of September 12th! We now offer 32 classes a week, so I know there's something there you'll enjoy and benefit from. Check out the list of classes below and please let me know what questions you have and how I can help you get involved in the fun. Like I always say, music is way more fun when it's shared, so I hope you'll come make some noise with us. From picking up a guitar for the first time through writing, theory, drums, bass,…

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Girl Guitar in Austin Woman Magazine!

Check out Girl Guitar founder Mandy Rowden in March 2016's Austin Woman Magazine! 

http://www.austinwomanmagazine.com/articles/musically-inclined

MUSICALLY INCLINED 

Girl Guitar Owner Mandy Rowden turns her passion into a business. 

By Sarah E. Ashlock 

Mandy Rowden is a singer-songwriter with two albums under her belt. She’s also the owner of Girl Guitar, a business that offers music classes and workshops for women in Austin. As she casually takes a seat at Opa Coffee and Wine Bar, it’s clear she’s more…

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Play Music, Drink Wine



It's go time here at Girl Guitar! Our first session of 2016 kicks off tomorrow with lots of great classes and bands. Have you signed up yet? Check out our list of last-minute openings and email Mandy@GirlGuitarAustin.com to sign up! 

Mondays 
12:30 Rock Band: Bass 
7pm Songwriting 
8:15 Vocal Harmonies 

Tuesdays 
6pm Intro to Drums 
7pm Intermediate Acoustic 
7pm Intermediate Drums 
8:15 Indie Rock Band: Guitar, Drums 

Wednesdays 
6pm Pentatonic Scales 
7pm Intermediate Acoustic 
7pm Bluegrass Band: Banjo 
7pm…

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Make Music with Girl Guitar in 2016!

Happy New Year from Girl Guitar! Do your resolutions include playing music, writing songs, learning drums, bass, or guitar? Singing in a band? Having more fun? Making new friends and getting on stage? Sign up now for Girl Guitar's January Classes! 

Here are the spaces still open for the upcoming session: 
Reply to this email to sign up 

Mondays 
12:30 Day Band with Caro: Bass and Drums  
7 Total Beginners with Mandy: 3 spots 
7 Songwriting with Cass: 6 spots 
8:15 Vocal Harmonies with Larisa: 5 spots 
8:15…

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Lead for Strummers Workshops, Holiday Gift Certificates, and More!



How many of you strummers are looking to add flare to your playing? Or want to transition into lead guitar? Interested in playing drums but have no idea where to start? Join me next week for some one-off 'bite sized' workshops to dip your toes in and see what fits! They'll all be mini versions of the 6-week classes and the guitar workshops will be separate but complimentary sides of playing lead, specifically for strummers. Come to one or all!

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Previous events

Performance Workshop/Masterclass

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Girl Guitar Austin, Austin, TX

The only way to get better at performing is…performing! If you would like to practice performing or if you have new material that you’d like to try out, come join us for this performance workshop. Bring a song (or two) that you’d like to perform for the group and get valuable feedback from a supportive audience. It’s a great learning and growing experience for audiences and performers. And it’s a lot of fun, too.

Performance Workshop/Masterclass with Larisa Montanaro

Sunday, Feb. 11, 5-7pm $40/pp

Email Mandy@GirlGuitarAustin.com to sign up

Drum Knowledge Workshop

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Girl Guitar Austin, Austin, TX

Round out your drum kit knowledge in this laid back but highly informative class where you'll tackle understanding how to tune a drumset, put a drum head on, and the variance of drumsticks and cymbals.

Drum Knowledge Workshop with Reece Herrera

Saturday, Feb. 17, 3-4:15pm $55/pp

Email Mandy@GirlGuitarAustin.com to sign up

Intro to Drums Workshop

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Girl Guitar Austin, Austin, TX

Join us for a quick, fun, informative session of mastering basic 4 count beats while perfecting stick control and posture technique. Perfect for total beginners and those wanting to clean up bad habits.

Intro to Drums Workshop with Reece Herrera

Saturday, Feb. 17, 1:15-2:45pm $55/pp

Email Mandy@GirlGuitarAustin.com to sign up

Pickers Circle with Suzanne VanRandwyk

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Girl Guitar Austin, Austin, TX

1) Everyone is welcome, regardless of skill level. The beauty is in sharing so come in with an open mind and be ready to encourage and learn from everyone. 2) Phones are not welcome. Turn off ringers and leave them outside the circle. 3) Chatting during songs is rude...take it in the hallway if there's something that needs discussing.The circle is for music. 4) Each person in turn is invited to lead a song (original or cover) and others are welcome to strum, solo, shake, harmonize, stomp, clap, sway, meditate along. Perfection isn't required but respect and reverence for the song and the other musicians is. The leader of the song should dictate who takes a solo on instrumental breaks by nodding or calling out names, and it's ideal if that invitation is somewhat balanced among lead players. 5) Acoustic instruments only; shakers, tambourines, etc. are welcome too. 6) BOYB and TOYODTYPNP (take out your own damn trash you pretty, nasty, princess) 7) Have all the fun in the world, but with total respect for the other pickers, the songs, and the space.

In the interest of keeping the party rollin’, come with 2-3 songs ready to go.

$10/lady

Let’s play!

Melissa Etheridge Band Workshop

Girl Guitar Austin, Austin, TX

Feb. 10th 12-2pm Feb. 11th 12-3pm We'll be having fun with come classic Melissa Etheridge tunes, at the end of our session we will do a FB live stream and play our songs for an invite only VIP audience consisting of your family and friends. $100/pp Space is limited; email Mandy@GirlGuitarAustin.com to register

Beginnining Performance Workshop with Cass Brostad

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Girl Guitar Austin, Austin, TX

Are you new to getting up on stage? Or maybe you've got a case of stage fright? Well, this workshop is for you! I'll get you introduced to the finer points of beginning stagecraft (microphones, monitors and etc) and give you some helpful tips and pointers for giving your best performance. This is a great class to take with your showcase partner!

Beginning Performance Workshop with Cass Brostad, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2-4pm $50/pp*

Email Mandy@GirlGuitarAustin.com to sign up

Breathing For Singers

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Girl Guitar Austin, Austin, TX

Solid breath support is the bedrock of good singing. It takes time to cultivate, but it can be achieved with physical training and an understanding of your body and how it functions as an instrument. There are many, many ways to practice and train your body to support your sound and I will present different examples and exercises each time the class is offered, so feel free to sign-up more than once. It often takes some time to get the hang of it.

Breathing For Singers with Larisa Montanaro Sunday, Jan. 28, 5:15-6:15pm $25/pp*

Email Mandy@GirlGuitarAustin.com to sign up

*take along with How To Build A Vocal Warm Up on the same day and get $5 off.

How To Build A Vocal Warm Up

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Girl Guitar Austin, Austin, TX

One of the most common questions people ask me is how to warm-up, so I thought it would be fun to offer a workshop where we build a warm-up routine together from the ground up. Rather than a generic one-size-fits-all warm-up, we will create something that is more personal and addresses your needs. Take the class again when you want a new routine.

How To Build A Vocal Warm Up Workshop with Larisa Montanaro Sunday, Jan. 28, 3-4pm $25/pp*

Email Mandy@GirlGuitarAustin.com to sign up

*take along with Breathing For Singers on the same day and get $5 off.

Songwriting Workshop with Cass Brostad

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Girl Guitar Austin, Austin, Tx

We'll be focusing on Half Songs, Ya'll! You know those pesky little ditties that you really like but for whatever reason just don't seem to go anywhere? Well I'm gonna give you some tools to get those suckers going! Bring your notebooks, we are going to get down to business.

Songwriting Workshop with Cass Brostad, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2-4pm $50/pp*

Email Mandy@GirlGuitarAustin.com to sign up

Pickers Circle with Julie Nolen

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Girl Guitar Austin, Austin, TX

1) Everyone is welcome, regardless of skill level. The beauty is in sharing so come in with an open mind and be ready to encourage and learn from everyone. 2) Phones are not welcome. Turn off ringers and leave them outside the circle. 3) Chatting during songs is rude...take it in the hallway if there's something that needs discussing.The circle is for music. 4) Each person in turn is invited to lead a song (original or cover) and others are welcome to strum, solo, shake, harmonize, stomp, clap, sway, meditate along. Perfection isn't required but respect and reverence for the song and the other musicians is. The leader of the song should dictate who takes a solo on instrumental breaks by nodding or calling out names, and it's ideal if that invitation is somewhat balanced among lead players. 5) Acoustic instruments only; shakers, tambourines, etc. are welcome too. 6) BOYB and TOYODTYPNP (take out your own damn trash you pretty, nasty, princess) 7) Have all the fun in the world, but with total respect for the other pickers, the songs, and the space.

In the interest of keeping the party rollin’, come with 2-3 songs ready to go.

$10/lady

Let’s play!

Pickers Circle with Ana Bee

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Girl Guitar Austin , Austin, TX

1) Everyone is welcome, regardless of skill level. The beauty is in sharing so come in with an open mind and be ready to encourage and learn from everyone. 2) Phones are not welcome. Turn off ringers and leave them outside the circle. 3) Chatting during songs is rude...take it in the hallway if there's something that needs discussing.The circle is for music. 4) Each person in turn is invited to lead a song (original or cover) and others are welcome to strum, solo, shake, harmonize, stomp, clap, sway, meditate along. Perfection isn't required but respect and reverence for the song and the other musicians is. The leader of the song should dictate who takes a solo on instrumental breaks by nodding or calling out names, and it's ideal if that invitation is somewhat balanced among lead players. 5) Acoustic instruments only; shakers, tambourines, etc. are welcome too. 6) BOYB and TOYODTYPNP (take out your own damn trash you pretty, nasty, princess) 7) Have all the fun in the world, but with total respect for the other pickers, the songs, and the space.

In the interest of keeping the party rollin’, come with 2-3 songs ready to go.

$10/lady

Let’s play!

Vocal Style Workshop (R&B/Jazz)

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Girl Guitar Austin, Austin, TX

Every style of music has characteristics that make it unique but it can be hard to pinpoint what those characteristics are. In these workshops, we study and learn three contrasting songs of a particular genre (i.e. pop, country, folk, rock, jazz, R&B, etc.) as a way to learn about singers, style, and performance. When you will leave, you will have three songs that are ready for polishing and you will know how to learn other songs in the same genre.

Vocal Style Workshop with Larisa Montanaro Sunday, Jan. 14, 4-7pm $60/pp

Email Mandy@GirlGuitarAustin.com to sign up

Write Songs You Love - FULL

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Girl Guitar Austin, Austin, TX

WORKSHOP FULL; EMAIL MANDY@GIRLGUITARAUSTIN.COM FOR WAIT LIST

Write songs you're going to love! In this information-packed and highly interactive class we'll take a song that inspires you, discuss why, and learn how to use those same elements to write a song of your own. This is great for all levels of writers, whether brand new or highly experienced. This class will offer concrete directives and get you out the door with a new song of your own or at least great beginnings to one, and the skills to use over and over again to write many more. Space is limited, so join today!

Bring: guitar*, notepad/pen, and a song you love and wish you'd written (recording and lyrics printed out)

Write Songs You Love with Mandy Rowden Saturday, Jan. 13, 1-4pm $50/pp Email Mandy@GirlGuitarAustin.com to sign up

*keyboard can be provided if that's what you prefer to write on

Vocal Style Workshop (Folk/Country)

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Girl Guitar Austin, Austin, TX

Every style of music has characteristics that make it unique but it can be hard to pinpoint what those characteristics are. In these workshops, we study and learn three contrasting songs of a particular genre (i.e. pop, country, folk, rock, jazz, R&B, etc.) as a way to learn about singers, style, and performance. When you will leave, you will have three songs that are ready for polishing and you will know how to learn other songs in the same genre.

Vocal Style Workshop with Larisa Montanaro Sunday, Jan. 7, 4-7pm $60/pp

Email Mandy@GirlGuitarAustin.com to sign up