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While I am by no means masculine I'm not extremely feminine either. I don't have the slightest problem walking into an Auto Zone, purchasing a carb kit and rebuilding the carburetor on my car. I've been a single mother. I've mastered minor plumbing projects by myself. I've purchased $26,000.00 vehicles without the help or consideration of a man- but walk into a music store to purchase guitar strings alone? No way!
I always thought that this was my issue. I thought I was the only woman in the world with "music store anxiety syndrome" until I read Tish's story. At first I was happy to know I wasn't alone. Soon the relief gave way to pure anger and determination. How could I feel so intimidated patronizing a music store? How could a woman of any age NOT be intimidated? I love the guitar, but the guitar industry has never given women the slightest consideration. We struggle with instruments that dwarf us and weigh us down. We stretch our small fingers over necks designed for the large hands of men and we select instruments with color ranges that could only appeal to the masculine.
We learn from men. Our books are written for men and feature men on each and every page. The tenacity and raw determination required for a girl to learn this wonderful instrument is poorly rewarded with a music store industry that refuses to take her seriously. This line has given me new inspiration for the instrument I love. I'm determined to promote this line and the dealer in my area that carries it.
Thanks Daisy Rock for turning the tide and inspiring me to rock on!