I have just produced the first in a series of books designed to help you play better! This first book is specifically for beginners, but other, more advanced ones will follow soon. If you have had lessons with me, then these books will contain the material we have covered and are a great way to have an organised reminder of the lessons. If you haven't had lessons with me, or are unable to, then this may be a good place to start.
If you are just starting out playing, then the following extra items will prove useful and/or necessary for learning the guitar:
Guitar Pick, or Plectrum
Choose a medium gauge to begin with (0.80-1.00mm).
An electronic one is best. You can find tuner apps for some ‘smart phones’.
Not essential when just beginning, but will be useful at some point. You can find metronome apps for some ‘smart phones’.
Not necessary to start with, but will be needed later.
Some means of recording your guitar playing. You could investigate recording on your computer, or finding a standalone recording device.
Use it always! It will prevent damage should you ever drop your guitar.
You can find a selection of these items here.
There are some things that you should just not be without. One of these is an electronic tuner for making sure that you are always in tune. There are a wide variety of them on the market ranging from very simple to more complex models which can help you tune every string all at the same time. If you intend to play both acoustic and electric guitar make sure that your tuner has both a 'line in' socket (for electric) and a microphone (for acoustic). One like the following should be more than adequate for most players.
If you're just planning on playing acoustic, the following 'clip-on' tuner is worth having.
Often, parents are unsure as to what equipment to buy for their child when they are considering playing the electric guitar. Children can express an interest in learning, but after a very short time change their minds in favour of something else! And the guitar, amp, lead and all, sit in the corner unused.
I would recommend that anyone in this situation should initially purchase a cheap, nylon strung, acoustic guitar (as in the ad below). This minimises the risk of wasted money. It also has the advantage of being softer on the fingers and thus easier to play before your fingers get toughened up. It will undoubtedly come in useful later as well, when your accomplished, electric guitar playing child, decides that they would like to play some more mellow, acoustic guitar!
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