I’d never worked on a secret project until last spring, when I was asked by Hal Leonard – the world’s largest music publisher – to write a book teaching girls how to play guitar. At the time, I was instructed not to talk about it, but now that it’s almost time for the book to be released, I’m finally allowed to talk, and I’m very excited to share this project with the world!
My book is aimed at aspiring singer-songwriters who want to learn how to play guitar by learning songs from some of the best female artists in the world – Carole King, ani difranco, Heart, Sheryl Crow, KT Tunstall, Stevie Nicks, Taylor Swift, and many, many more (including two Ali Handal songs!).
One of my favorite aspects of the book is that each section is introduced with an inspiring quote from a female musician. I also included my own words of encouragement regarding healthy practice habits, working hard to persevere at difficult tasks, and having patience with oneself throughout the learning process. Basically, I wrote the book I wish *I* had been given as a kid!
Also included with the book is a CD containing audio examples of all song excerpts, including solo acoustic performances of me singing five full songs. Throughout the book I did my best to choose songs that were not only do-able for beginner guitar players, but that also sent a positive message to young girls.
Hal Leonard is planning on releasing the book this fall, and I’m currently brainstorming all kinds of ideas to spread its teachings far and wide. Stay tuned for an opportunity to purchase a signed book directly from me, as well as attend a special book release party in Los Angeles.
Have you ever worked on a project that you weren’t allowed to tell anybody about? Inquiring minds want to know!