By Strings Direct – 29 August, 2023
Back in the day female guitarists in the rock and metal genre seemed few and far between but this was not actually the case. It may have been they were overlooked as the men all kinda looked like women with their hair and spandex.
There have been tons of female virtuoso Violin players so it stands to reason they are out there you just have to find them.
So we shall have a look at these girls from a hard rock standpoint and start with the mighty Jennifer Batten:
Jennifer Batten Widely known for playing with Michael Jackson on beat it and for her terrifying tapping chops. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQO2fi-UJxo
Michelle Meldrum Blond bombshell and queen of guitar Michelle Meldrum (rip) was one of shrapnel records artists and in several bands including the Iron Maidens https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHqlZRSiVo4&feature=player_embedded
Orianthi Orianthi Panagaris is an Australian singer songwriter and tours with Alice Cooper https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mK6tcgsKgpsJan Kuehnemund Founding member and lead guitarist of all-girl glam rock band Vixen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GL6obNNkeY
Lita Ford Lita Ford is a British-born, American musician, who was the lead guitarist in the all-girl hard rock band The Runaways https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1z-cwfHxl0g
Nili Brosh Nili Brosh is an Israeli guitarist https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oOLkhDFO2Q
The Great Kat The Great Kat is the stage name of Katherine Thomas, an English-born, New York-raised guitar player. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kj8mkh_6eWs&feature=player_embedded
Nita Strauss Nita Strauss is an American guitarist who also played in the Iron Maidens https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rWq6Au0b9sg&feature=player_embedded—————————————————————————————————————
HERE ARE GUITAR ADDICTION GROUPS CHATTER ON THE SUBJECT:
William Dalton Caruthers Jr. Orianthi is a fantastic one! Her style of playing is almost like Santana's but with her own little twist. If you get a chance, she did a song with Steve Vai.
Dominic Binks Eilish McKellar is a talented blues guitarist
William Dalton Caruthers Jr. Joan Jett
Jared Arnott I have been listening to a lot of music with female singers, but not so much guitarists. Examples that come to mind are the girl from the Iron Maidens who now plays for Alice Cooper, and Lita Ford. Courteney Love popped into my head for some reason, b...See More
Bas Becu Always sexy when I meet the female guitarists in the bar of the studio where we practice. But never as sexy as the female bass players there.
Loz Ruston Emily Remler is badass...
Tom Armbruster Try to mention "She Shreds" mag in your blog if you can. (I am not affiliated with them in any way) http://sheshredsmag.com/
Robert Mounsey Bonnie Raitt - blues and slide - check out her earlier stuff
Devin McDaniel Jess Lewis.
Florentine Catudan Jr. Nancy Wilson was a super hottie in the late 70s - 80s & still is...saw Heart 4 times over the years.
Robert Mounsey Susan Tedeschi
Aaron Johnson Orianthi Panagaris
Thomas Fitton Charo
Scott Stirling Jennifer Batten - she rocks!
Neil Morgan Emily Remler, for sure, and Ana Vidovic from the classical world. Both absolutely monstrous players.
And, yes - Jess Lewis! Just saw her name mentioned above and can't believe I forgot about her. She's insanely good!
Kristian Kolar Sheryl Crow, I mean, she doesn't rock hard or do crazy Ionian solos or something like that, but she did in fact gained some popularity and she is pretty decent to be mentioned under female guitarists. Zoe Thomson as probably the youngest guitarist mentioned. She is definitely worth mentioning because she rocks on guitar and, excluding covers, songs with her band are awesome for 9-year olds.
Rob Chip Mellenchip Michelle Meldrum RIP
Richard Yang Jennifer batten, Nili Brosh, Bonnie Raitt, Nicole Couch Ruffell-Smith
Steven Shoe Yvette Young and Annie "shred" Grunwald. You're welcome. (Nili is super dope too)
Paul Lavender Sheryl Bailey is a great jazz guitarist.
Michael Hewkin Chantel McGregor !! Come on guys!
Jonathan ? Graham Paula Carregosa has some serious chops. https://www.facebook.com/paulitchas/videos/vb.251133371687859/636782306456295/?type=2&theater
Matt Popkiss Courtney Cox, Nita Strauss.
Matt Popkiss Maryl Hamilton.
Ryan Evans Women are good for polishing the guitar. Not for playing
Robert Franciski Amy Lee of Evanescence.
Patrick Emmett Bonnie Raitt, Joan Jett, Lita Ford, Samantha Fish (look her up if you don't know).
Adrian Treviño Garcia Courtney Cox, she is in love with me, but she doesn’t know yet.
Daniel Dobrev Alexandra Zerner!