What You May Need To Start Playing
Popular Guitar Accessories You Should Consider
Once you’ve started playing your guitar you may want to enhance your playing experience by purchasing some accessories. Your local music store will have a very wide range for you to choose from and they’ll also offer you very good advice on what accessories will suit your needs.
Here are a number of accessory products for you to consider:
Pick or Plectrum
A pick (or plectrum) is used to play or strum the guitar strings. Picks are typically a thin piece of specially developed material available in different shapes and thicknesses.
The pick is held between the forefinger and thumb with the pointed tip of the pick pointing at right angles to your thumb and away from your finger tip – as illustrated here.
The easiest and most accurate way to tune your guitar is with the help of an electronic tuner. There are numerous types of guitar tuners available and most are relatively inexpensive and simple to operate. The screen allows you to easily tune each string individually, by indicating whether the notes are sharp (too high), flat (too low) or in tune. Tuning using other methods may be a little more difficult for a beginning guitar player and it may take some time to master. So we recommend you purchase an electronic tuner.
When blown like a whistle, a pitch pipe provides reference tones to which each string on the guitar is tuned.
Keep your guitar sounding great by regularly changing your strings, keep a set handy in case of the inevitable string breakage.
Protect your investment against damaging falls by keeping your guitar on a stand when not in use – it’s certainly a lot safer than leaning it against a wall or laying it on the floor!
Hard Case or Carry Bag
Protecting your guitar whilst travelling is a lot easier with a hard case. It will also double as a great coin catcher if you are busking!
Designed to improve playing posture when seated, a footstool raises the leg and knee to place the guitar into the correct playing position
A strap is essential if you prefer to stand whilst playing. Your local music store will have a big selection for you to choose from.
The capo clamps around the neck of the guitar and is used to raise the pitch of the strings. This allows you to play different music in other keys but using the same fingering patterns of notes and chords you would normally play without a capo.
Guitar Wall Hanger
Why not hang your guitar on the wall like a piece of art? At the same time a Wall Hanger provides protection from falls and knocks.
Studies have shown that playing a musical instrument has many benefits
- Enhances your memory
- Teaches discipline and patience
- Relieves stress
- Creates a sense of achievement
- Enhances co-ordination
- Sharpens your concentration
- Promotes social skills
- Fosters self-expression
- Exposes you to different musical styles
- Boosts your team skills
- Above all else music promotes happiness in your life!
Keep Practicing & Playing!
Your skills will improve once you develop a regular practise program where you are playing your guitar for around 45 minutes per day – you will notice huge improvements in your playing within a matter of weeks.
Take Some Lessons!
A sure way to improve your playing skills is to take lessons from a guitar teacher. A good teacher will assess your playing abilities and introduce you to playing tips and techniques specific to your skill level as well as providing you with the necessary motivation to continue to learn and to improve. Most music stores have their own music schools and can arrange lessons for you
Improve Your Knowledge!
Listen to other guitarists play and to different types of guitar music to expand your imagination and improve your own skills. Watch video clips of guitarists at work and read articles about playing the guitar. Play regularly with other guitarists of varying skill levels to improve your own playing and learning.
Visit Your Local Music Store!
The staff in your local music store are all musicians and are always keen to take you through the latest information about your musical instrument. All good music stores maintain a very comprehensive range of accessories and teaching resources. They are also a valuable resource for tips, techniques and new product ideas. Most music stores have their own music schools and can arrange for you to take lessons. Why not put your name down on their mailing list to hear about the latest offers or product demonstrations they regularly hold?
Care for Your Instrument!
An instrument that’s been well cared for will play better, sound better, motivate you to play more and should last you a lifetime. Using quality cleaning and maintenance material will ensure a lifetime of pleasure.