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The Girls' Guide to Rocking

The Girls' Guide to Rocking

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From greats like Patti Smith and Cyndi Lauper to TV's Miley Cyrus (Hannah Montana) and Demi Lovato, girls want to rock. They want to start bands, write songs, get up on stage, and kick out the jams. Here's the book to teach them how. Written by an obsessive music lover who's spent her life playing, performing, publicizing, and writing about rock 'n' roll, The Girls' Guide To Rocking is a hip, inspirational guide for rad girls who want to make their rock dreams come true.

It's everything a rocking girl needs to know: how to find your instrument, and if your hands are too small for the bass, try the guitar. How to get your band together: ask everyone you know, put up flyers, check the local music schools. Temperamental old-school tube amps vs. uncool but supersmart digital amps. Giving your band the right name, plus a cautionary glossary of overused words (Wolf, Star, Crystal, Earth, etc.). The freedom of going solo, and how to handle performing alone in the spotlight. Songwriting tips, with eight prompts to get the lyrics flowing. The ins and outs of recording, whether at home or in a studio. Taking care of business: publicizing your band, making money on T-shirts, legalese and the creative personality, your MySpace page, and the four signs that say "time to hire a manager" In other words, you've arrived.

Includes a girls-in-rock timeline, essential listening lists, and quotes from the greats: Nina Simone, Chrissie Hynde, Debbie Harry, Carrie Brownstein, Kim Deal, Kate Bush, Kim Gordon, and more. Now get out there and rule the world.
From greats like Patti Smith and Cyndi Lauper to TV's Miley Cyrus (Hannah Montana) and Demi Lovato, girls want to rock. They want to start bands, write songs, get up on stage, and kick out the jams. Here's the book to teach them how. Written by an obsessive music lover who's spent her life playing, performing, publicizing, and writing about rock 'n' roll, The Girls' Guide To Rocking is a hip, inspirational guide for rad girls who want to make their rock dreams come true.

It's everything a rocking girl needs to know: how to find your instrument, and if your hands are too small for the bass, try the guitar. How to get your band together: ask everyone you know, put up flyers, check the local music schools. Temperamental old-school tube amps vs. uncool but supersmart digital amps. Giving your band the right name, plus a cautionary glossary of overused words (Wolf, Star, Crystal, Earth, etc.). The freedom of going solo, and how to handle performing alone in the spotlight. Songwriting tips, with eight prompts to get the lyrics flowing. The ins and outs of recording, whether at home or in a studio. Taking care of business: publicizing your band, making money on T-shirts, legalese and the creative personality, your MySpace page, and the four signs that say "time to hire a manager" In other words, you've arrived.

Includes a girls-in-rock timeline, essential listening lists, and quotes from the greats: Nina Simone, Chrissie Hynde, Debbie Harry, Carrie Brownstein, Kim Deal, Kate Bush, Kim Gordon, and more. Now get out there and rule the world.

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Publish date: Jun 4, 2009
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08/22/2014

 
 Girls Guide
to
 
oCKing
Write a rad song
 
Put on a killer show
 
Choose the right instrument
 
Record a solid demo
 
name your band
 
 
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A great read, full of really useful info—the perfect tool for anyone looking to dive in.”
—JOAn JeTT
jessica hopper
★ 
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vi
 
 
ChapteR 2:
Making the Band
Band Together
 .....................45
Start Where You Are
...............47
Best Friends, Best Bandmates
 .......48
Wild Combination:
Finding Your Match
 .............51
Style Wars
 .........................52
Let’s Stay Together:
Keeping the Peace in Your Band
 ..57
Endless, Nameless:
Finding a Name
 ................57
Solitary Girl:
Being a Solo Artist
 .............63
Express Yourself:
Lyrics and Songwriting
 ..........65
Writing It Down
 ....................67
The Rules of No Rules
 ..............88
Practice, Practice, Practice
 .........90
How to Practice
 ....................96
Feeling Discouraged
 ................99
Introduction
 ..................
VIII
ChApter 1:
Let’s Get Ready to Rock
Take It From the Top
 .................1
Play What Your Mama Gave Ya
 .......2
FIY (Find It Yourself):
 ...............3
Guitars
 .........................5
Drums
 ..........................9
Amps
 ..........................14
Picking the Right Instrument
 ........18
Proper Care and Feeding
 ...........19
Guitars–All Kinds!
.................26
Pedals
 ............................30
Keys Open Doors:
Keyboards in a Nutshell
 .........34
Your Voice
 .........................39
Hot for Teacher
 ....................39
Finding a Teacher
 ..................42
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Meg White of The White Stripes rocks out on the drums.
Pa t ti LaBelle, Nona Hendryx, and Sarah Dash of pioneering glam funk group, Labelle, weren t afraid  to express themselves.
 
 
 
vii
Putting On Your Own Shows
 ........142
Going Book Wild
 ..................153
Promotion
 ........................163
Chapter 5:
Turn It Up
Mind Your Own (Band) Business
 ....177
Duty Now for the Future
 ............180
Legalese
 .........................183
Accessorizing Your Band
 ...........188
Touring
 ...........................192
apPendix A:
Essentials of Rock
For Your Listening Pleasure
 .......
206
Movies and Films
 ..................212
AppenDix B:
in the garage:
Getting Started in GarageBand
 ....
216
My Rock Prole ............
225
ChApteR 3:
Recording
Is This Thing On?
 ..................103
Do It Clean
 .......................104
Ballad of Big Something:
Setting Goals
 ..................105
It’s Gonna Take Time . . . A Whole Lot of Precious Time
 ...106
How Do You Know You Are Ready to Record?
 ..............109
All I Need is One Mic
 ..............110
Recording Your Drum Sound
 ........ 112
Preproduction for Recording
 ....... 114
What is a Producer, and Do You Need One?
 ..............115
In the Basement:
Home Recording for the Solo Arteest
 ...............118
GarageBand
 ...................... 121
Gang of Four:
Tascam Four-Track
 ............122
ChaPter 4:
All the Way live
Ready, Steady, Go
 .................129
Some Notes on Stage Fright and Bad Shows
 .................134
I Was Meant for the Stage
 .........136
One is the Loneliest Number:
Performing Solo
 ...............138
The System and the Packer Who Abides by It
 ...............139
Taylor Swit began writing her own songs when she was twelve.

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astults_3 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
My oldest brother played guitar and sang in a band. I figured I could too until he tried to teach me how to play. He's left-handed, I'm right-handed and the guitar was too big for me. It was too hard so I gave up. There were no rock camps for girls and of course no Girls Rock! to watch.This book is the answer to my 8-year-old self. It tells the reader where to find instruments and equipment, how to tell if they're damaged, and how to care for them. If the new rocker decides to write songs, record or go on tour, this book has related sections that will encourage and inform.Throughout the book are eye-catching sidebars of informational nuggets. Some of the topics include: female solo artists to view on YouTube (some of whom I've never heard of); books about female rockers; and five keys to keeping your band together. These sidebars combined with the appendixes will open up the reader to some new influences. And for mom or dad will bring back some fond memories. Even if your child doesn't want to learn how to play music or be part of a band, there is enough resource material to point parents and children towards music related discussions.
sussabmax reviewed this
Rated 4/5
I have been trying to wrestle this book away from my 12 year old daughter so that I can really read it and give a thoughtful review, but she refuses to give it up long enough for me to do so! Since she is much more the target audience for this book than I am, I think that is a good sign. From what I have been able to see while paging through it quickly while she hovers over me, it seems to have a lot of good information, mainly of the practical and detailed variety. It is organized well, and has lots of information. My daughter has also announced that she wants to play electric guitar rather than acoustic since she has started reading this book, so it seems that she is taking some advice from the book and using it in the real world. Overall, I'd say it is a success.
delzey_2 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
I'm really torn over this book. On the one hand, this book is a perfect tonic for all those girls (like the author) who were told or felt that the world of Rock & Roll and all it has to offer is a secret club populated by boys who insist that "Stairway to Heaven" is be-all, end-all in rock. To every girl told that their hands are too small to play bass, or that girl drummers aren't powerful enough, or that girls just don't know how to rock, this books sets out not only to dispel these notions but serves as a how-to guide for overcoming all obstacles. Grrl Power! Rawk out!On the other hand, if I saw a book like this directed to boys I would worry about the viability of Rock & Roll as having any relevance in the world. It's not necessarily a gender thing but a recognition that a particular era in popular music had reached a point where it can be sanitized and taught to tweens and teens in the same way one might package a book on puberty or hygiene or on dealing with peer pressure. It takes some of the spirit out of rock's rebellious nature to say "Here, a step-by-step guide on how to be a rebel! Urgh!"Hopper gets off on the right foot by focusing on the instruments, with clear nuts-and-bolts information on everything from how to shop for gear to how to achieve specific sounds from the classic instruments. There's a nod to playing what you know, meaning that any instrument (except perhaps the tuba) can rock, and that a good part of what's involved is attitude and experience. It isn't written down in an insulting way, just straightforward here's-what-you-need-to-know-to-get-started.The next sections cover putting a band together and learning how to gig, how to move on to recording songs, the basics of playing live, and the business end of things including how to book tours. The appendices include a list of influential artists of both genders, movies centered around music, and some basics for using GarageBand software. It's a well-rounded package that could yield some decent results if taken to heart.My hesitation is two-fold. First, there's no way for me, as an adult male, to actually follow this book and gauge its success. Second, a good deal of what makes Rock & Roll is the drive and desire that cannot be taught. And worse, in today's climate where over-produced, flaccid American Idol-style pop rules the airwaves, when a package deal like Hannah Montana is a role model for girls, it's difficult to believe there are many book-reading girls who might be driven to start something as quaint (they might say 'antiquated') as a Rock band. Besides, why go through all the trouble to pay for equipment and lessons, taking the time to form a band and struggle with that dynamic, spending years to stand in front of an audience to rock out badly when all you need to do is invite a few friends over and have them watch you flail on RockBand? Why spend months, maybe years, learning how to play classic rock at someone's backyard party when you can wail within minutes?Still, as I remain conflicted, The Girls' Guide to Rocking does provide a solid foundation in the fundamentals and includes a lot of inspirational sidebars about the women of rock who have made their mark over the past 40-plus years. For some girls it might just be the sort of eye-opening they never realized they needed to see beyond the commercially-produced haze of contemporary music.
shalulah reviewed this
Rated 5/5
This is a tremendous resource for all future rockers, though it definitely is aimed at girls. From tips on choosing and buying an instrument (including what some musicians you might know play) all the way to touring, Jessica Hopper does not miss a beat (ha, ha). Her tone is informative & empowering, never patronizing. I'm not sure the too-cool kids will admit to checking out exercises like '8 tips for beating the beginner blues', but exercises like 'how to baffle' and 'before you record your vocals' look incredibly helpful. Jessica Hopper's collection of quotes, recommended books, movies & music, & '32 female solo artists whose live performances you need to check out on YouTube' can't help but influence positively a whole generation of girls ready to make music. The book I wish I had had; the book I wish I had written. I can't say enough good about this book as a reference & resource.
kimfdim reviewed this
Rated 5/5
What a great book! The author has experience with working with bands, so it made the information more credible. The book is great for inspiration for a girl looking to start a band. It covers everything from coming up with a band name to planning and going on short tours. There are a lot of encouraging words for girls from the author as well as famous musical artists today. It was surprisingly easy and interesting to read. I read it in an afternoon in my daughter's room while she sat on her computer, then I handed her the book as her friends and her have been knocking around the idea of starting a band (what teenager doesn't). Highly recommended for any teenage girl with dreams of exercising her musical talent. Great information also for parents who support their kid's dream. I loved it! Wish it was around in the 80's!
jewelsanne_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
This is a great book. I think it's perfect for 4th graders and up to tween's. It's got a very attractive layout, the graphics are great and there are a ton of information on everything you need to be a rock star. This is an awesome how-to guide that will be fun for any girl to read. It's loaded with tons of information from history, to different amps to writing your own music. Very fun book.
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