Join us for an informal yet informative 90 minutes of discovering the basics of music theory including Major and Minor scales, intervals, and chord building. These are a great foundation and a must for any musician to know!
Join this one day band on guitar, bass, drums, vocals, keys, or saxophone and learn the basics of jamming the 12-bar blues. We'll tackle 3-5 songs, allow plenty of space for solos, and have a great time rehearsing what we've learned. Space is limited to one drummer, one vocalist, one bass player, one keyboard, one saxophone, and three guitars.
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)
What: Write Songs You Love Workshop
When: Sunday, Feb. 17, 1-4pm $60/pp
Who: Women 21+
How: Email Mandy@GirlGuitarAustin.com to sign up
*keyboard can be provided if that's what you prefer to write on
Ready to take your songs to the next level and book your own gigs, run your own sound, promote your own shows, hire your own bands, and tour? Awesome! However, it's easy to get bogged down in the details, and this CO-ED workshop is here to help you wade through the world of music that isn't the music itself. This workshop will be split into sections on booking and getting paid, buying your own PA and equipment, what's expected in promoting your gigs, protocol for working with other musicians, and a breakdown on taking the whole thing on the road. Save yourself years of heartache and trial and error in this packed and informative workshop with Girl Guitar founder and touring songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mandy Rowden.
Date: Feb. 16, 1-3pm
Cost: $40/pp (men and women 21+)
Songwriters, beef up your guitar playing with this great workshop with GG founder Mandy Rowden! We'll take basic chords and progressions and look at ways to add melodies, riffs, bass walking, and movement to them, giving you tricks that are usable time and time again to take your guitar playing up several notches.
Space is limited! Women 21+.
Guitar For Songwriters: $40/pp
Sunday, Dec. 30 1-3pm
Bluegrass guitar was basically invented by a woman OG Mother Maybel Carter. In her honour I would like to host a bluegrass guitar basics workshop introducing the flat picking guitar techniques she pioneered. I have been playing bluegrass since my teens and believe I have the honour of being the only British woman to have been featured in Flat Pick Guitar Magazine, which is an incredibly specialist magazine for bluegrass guitar players. I love teaching bluegrass and I have lots of ways to break down this guitar style into more manageable bite size chunks. We will be looking at the famous G Run invented by Lester Flatt, how to play different types of G run and how it can be used to spice up your playing. Lets get grassy gals!
Are you taking your guitar to a store to have the strings changed? Stop it!! You can totally do that job yourself! Do you know the difference that your choice of picks or strings makes to the sound you produce? Do you know what a pre-amp or a DI is? All these questions will be answered and more! We will be changing strings together - so please bring your instrument, and a fresh set of strings. We will be looking at some other aspects of guitar care and maintenance, and the merits of various products on the market, string ease, fast fret, lem oil etc. Finally we we be talking about gear, pick ups, amps, cables, pedals, what these things do, how they work and why you might want to know this stuff!
This will not be boring or pointless!! I know that the words “music theory” send shudders down most guitarist’s spines - but it doesn’t need to be that way! In this session I hope that I will be able to begin the demystification process about the building blocks of understanding how music actually works. Music comes first, we all know what sounds good when we hear it, music theory is just an explanation of why it sounds good! I will be talking a lot about chords and the neck of the guitar, how capos work, the Nashville number system, and answering any questions you may have. I urge you to face your fears about music theory because the more the know, and the less mysterious all of this is, the more confidence you will have - which will all feed into your playing and skill set.
Teacher: Mandy Rowden
Level: Intermediate +
Ages: 18 +
Class is limited to 8 people
Class Description: Discover the world of alternate tunings! Get inspired by approaching your instrument in a brand new way! New tunings inspire new musical thoughts. Alternate tunings let you play voicings and slide between chord forms that would normally be impossible. They give access to nonstandard open strings. Playing familiar fingerings on an unfamiliar fretboard is exciting — you never know exactly what to expect. And working out familiar riffs on an unfamiliar fretboard often suggests new sound patterns and variations.
Mandy Rowden is an acclaimed singer-songwriter and founder of "Girl Guitar," which is a program designed to encourage women to participate in learning an instrument, writing, playing, and performing. Rowden is a student for life and plays an always-expanding list of instruments that now includes: piano, fiddle, mandolin, bass, harmonica, drums, ukulele, and banjo.
"Rowden is more than your average country singer and a country mile beyond your average Americana performer." - Bluesbunny
"Right up there in Lucinda Williams territory"
— No Depression
"An Americana Sheryl Crow? Mandy Rowden has the talent, chops, and charisma to go there."
— Austin Chronicle
"Cool middle-of-the-road pop with a friendly warm vibe...Rowden has an image and sound that could easily appeal to millions of music fans."
"On her debut album, These Bad Habits, Rowden tells it like it is over a wiry brand of alt-country, singing in a low-key, sleepily sensual voice that calls to mind Kim Richey or Lucinda Williams."
— Charleston City Paper
Are you a guitarist, bassist, drummer or keyboardist that would like the experience of being in an original band creating your own guitar riffs, beats or bass lines?
Then this is the workshop you've been waiting for.
Girl Guitar Teachers Reece and Julie are super excited to be working with Girl Guitar songwriter, Melissa Engleman! We have listened to and discussed the possible production ideas of 3 of her songs into a full band arrangement. Think something along the lines of Neko Case, Fiona Apple and Cowboy Junkies styles. A little bit country, a little bit dark and dreamy.
Bandmembers will meet with Melissa, Reece and Julie on August 4th from 2-5pm to discuss, develop and rehearse the song/s. And then also on Sunday August 5th, to rehearse and showcase these songs at a mini-concert put on for friends and family in the GG band room!
We look forward to helping you along your creative path!
Sat Aug. 4th–2-5pm and Sun Aug. 5th–2-4pm $150/Per Person