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About the Author
Shana first achieved national recognition for her intricate and sensitive fingerstyle guitar playing, and recorded several solo guitar albums as Seth Austen for Kicking Mule, Shanachie, and other independent labels. A multi-instrumentalist, she is also proficient at fiddle, mandolin, bouzouki, lap steel guitar, 5-string banjo, ukulele, fretted dulcimer, and frame drums. Shana regularly performs with Beverly Woods in String Equinox, playing diverse styles including traditional Southern Appalachian, New England contra dance, bottleneck blues, Celtic, Eastern European Klezmer, Balkan, Nordic, classical, and jazz.
Shana has written and contributed arrangements to guitar and mandolin books for Mel Bay Publications and has cowritten a ukulele instruction series with Greg Horne, published by Alfred Music in 2013. She has composed music for documentaries and has produced, engineered, and played on numerous recordings by other artists.
Shana is a gifted music teacher with over 35 years of experience and has taught at various workshops and festivals nationwide. She has taught hundreds of students, either individually or in groups, and is always happy to teach players of any level.
Shana has written articles, poems, blogs, and letters to the editor about transgender issues, and has presented interactive workshops, services, and facilitated discussions on gender for colleges, businesses, churches, and community organizations. Shana's unique life journey greatly informs all of her activities, from teaching and performing music to writing. Shana is currently learning Hebrew and enjoying her return to being a redhead.