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    Why no female rock guitar legends? (split from Random Thoughts)

    Why are there no women rock n roll guitar 'dieties'? No females on par with the Claptons, Hendrixes, VanHalens and Santanas of the world? Why so few women rockers?

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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    Why are there no women rock n roll guitar 'dieties'? No females on par with the Claptons, Hendrixes, VanHalens and Santanas of the world? Why so few women rockers?
    smaller hands?
    Children in the back seat can cause accidents - and vice versa.

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    Bonnie Raitt?

    Quote Originally posted by imaplanner View post
    smaller hands?
    you couldn't let that go, now could you?

    what about PAT BENATAR - hello? is everyone in here under the age of 35 or what?

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    Quote Originally posted by luckless pedestrian View post
    you couldn't let that go, now could you?

    what about PAT BENATAR - hello? is everyone in here under the age of 35 or what?
    Lita Ford?
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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    Why are there no women rock n roll guitar 'dieties'? No females on par with the Claptons, Hendrixes, VanHalens and Santanas of the world? Why so few women rockers?
    What about -
    Liz Phair
    Nancy Wilson of Heart
    Chrissie Hynde
    Bonnie Raitt

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    I think the questions was why there was no females on par with Van Halen, Hendrix, Clapton. You people are really stretching. I stick by my original comments about smaller hands.
    Children in the back seat can cause accidents - and vice versa.

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    Pat Benatar, Nancy Wilson, Bonnie Raitt, Chrissie Hynde and Lita Ford have all enjoyed their own modest share of commercial successes in the world of rock, but no one from that list belongs to the pantheon of Guitar Legends; that is, none are virtuoso guitarists. There are great female violinists in thisworld but no comparable notables in the world of rock guitarists.

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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    Why are there no women rock n roll guitar 'dieties'? No females on par with the Claptons, Hendrixes, VanHalens and Santanas of the world? Why so few women rockers?
    What about Stevie Nicks?

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    Quote Originally posted by Chet View post
    What about Stevie Nicks?
    It occurs to me that I sort of made it sound like I was asking a separate question in the OP when I said 'why so few women rockers'. I didn't intend to.

    I freely admit that there are females in the rock music industry that have achieved 'star' status, and Stevie Nicks is one of them. But what I was really trying to get at is that their successes and fame have not been as a result of their technical proficiency with the guitar. Jimmy Page or Yngwie Malmsteen are masters of their instruments. Why do we not find any comparable female guitarists who demonstrate such skill?

    I'm thinking the answer probably lies more along sociological lines than having to do with small hands.

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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    Why are there no women rock n roll guitar 'dieties'?
    You mean "deities"? I'm pretty sure Cass Elliot was neither a diety nor a deity, regardless of whether she could play a guitar.
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    Quote Originally posted by ofos View post
    You mean "deities"? I'm pretty sure Cass Elliot was neither a diety nor a deity, regardless of whether she could play a guitar.
    Off-topic:

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    Legendary female rock drummers? Legendary female rock keyboardists? I really can't think of any. There's many excellent performers, of course, but legends? I don't know. There's fewer female rockers as a whole, so there's probably not going to be the same amount of deities.

    I'd say Nancy Wilson is probably among the top rock guitarists, but is she a legend like SRV, Malmsteen or Eddie Van Halen? It'll come with time.

    Vocalists, on the other hand, absolutely.
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    Quote Originally posted by imaplanner View post
    smaller hands?
    My bf tried to get me to play his guitar and my hands have a harder time reaching certain cords than him...honestly its not worth the effort to learn if its always going to be struggle to play because of my smaller hands. Females are naturally better at instruments that are smaller. You don't see alot of female tuba players out there, but the flute, yes.
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    Quote Originally posted by Dan View post
    I'd say Nancy Wilson is probably among the top rock guitarists, but is she a legend like SRV, Malmsteen or Eddie Van Halen? It'll come with time.
    I'll bet if you asked Nancy Wilson herself if she was on the same musical plane as them she'd say no.

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    Opps! Did I forget to mention that females who play a Tuba are quite exceptional!
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    Off-topic:
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    These ladies may not be Rock legends, but they may be more talented musicians than the so called legends.

    Bonne Raitt
    Liz Phair
    Ani DeFranco
    Laura Love
    Rory BLock
    SUsan Tedeschi
    Amy and Emily of Indigo Girls

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    Joan Jett-I love rock and roll.
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    OK maybe not "rock" but what about Sarah McGlaghin (sp)? I'm a little PO'd I just dumped off a DVR with her live at the Austin City LImits.

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