Author: Pauline

Simplicity: the Essence of Elegance

Simplicity: the Essence of Elegance

By Pauline France To my father, who by example taught us the art of living simply, and who coined the saying “simplicity is the essence of elegance.” There was a point in my life where, for four months, the only possessions I had were my […]

How I Landed My Dream Job and How You Can Land Yours, Too

How I Landed My Dream Job and How You Can Land Yours, Too

By Pauline France One of the first questions people ask upon meeting me is, “How did you land your dream job at Fender?” It’s generally followed by, “Did you know anyone there?” The short answers are resilience, and no. For the longer answer, keep scrolling. […]

“Una Guitarrista Prodigiosa” – Check Out my Interview in Visión Magazine

“Una Guitarrista Prodigiosa” – Check Out my Interview in Visión Magazine

I had the honor of being interviewed in the March/April 2016  issue of Visión, featuring Ximena Zariñana on the front cover. Visión is a print and online publication delivering global news on the music scene in Spanish, and I just discovered the interview I did […]

Hilarious Video Shows Bass Players’ Daily Struggles

Hilarious Video Shows Bass Players’ Daily Struggles

It’s widely known that, for whatever reason, bass players get picked on the most out of any band member. All that bullying can ultimately take a toll, though, resulting in sudden bursts of anger and frustration, as seen in this hilarious video directed by musician […]

Pianist Shows us How to Respond Gracefully When Something Goes Wrong on Stage

Pianist Shows us How to Respond Gracefully When Something Goes Wrong on Stage

We’ve all had something go unexpectedly wrong on stage – tripping over a guitar cable, smacking your face with the microphone, etc. But as the saying goes, it’s not what happens to you, but rather how you respond that matters, right? Brazilian pianist Eliane Rodrigues […]

NEW VIDEO ALERT! Mateo y Paulina Perform Metal Classics on Nylon

NEW VIDEO ALERT! Mateo y Paulina Perform Metal Classics on Nylon

Yeah, that’s right! I’m in a band, our name is Mateo y Paulina, and we had our debut performance in Scottsdale in October and totally crushed it! Hahah. If you’ve heard of Rodrigo y Gabriela, you’ll get the reason behind the inspiration for our name. […]

Yoga of Guitar in Acoustic Guitar Magazine

Yoga of Guitar in Acoustic Guitar Magazine

Earlier this year I attended a somewhat unconventional type of yoga class, the Yoga of Guitar, and it’s an understatement to say it changed my life. Josh Brill, the instructor, taught me how to use my guitar as a means to meditate and achieve mindfulness, […]

Taylor Swift Writes Songs, I Write Poems

Taylor Swift Writes Songs, I Write Poems

Here’s a poem I wrote maaaany years ago when I was in college and someone tried  to dull my shine. Little did I know at the time that it was a blessing in disguise. I’m Incandescent By Pauline France It’s funny how, what people love […]

Boy Saving Money for Guitar Donates Cash to Stranger, Gets Surprise of a Lifetime

Boy Saving Money for Guitar Donates Cash to Stranger, Gets Surprise of a Lifetime

Grab your tissue box because this one’s a tearjerker. A 10-year-old boy from West Memphis, Ark., named Max learned of a tragic car accident in which a local young man he’d never met perished. He felt the urge to pitch in for the funeral, and […]

If You Play Steel-String But Want to Explore Classical, Read This

If You Play Steel-String But Want to Explore Classical, Read This

I recently penned a piece for Acoustic Guitar magazine titled “10 Things Steel-String Players Should Know About Classical Guitar.” It’s geared (get it? geared 😉 ) towards players who primarily play steel-string, but are curious about trying out classical guitar. Although they’re both acoustic guitars, […]