So you just bought a new guitar and it’s hard to imagine spending any more money right now? I mean, you’ve already expanded your budget just a little to get that next best guitar. It’s really hard when you have a salesman trying to upsell you on every little gadget he has on the wall.
The truth is, you don’t need every little toy for your guitar or even the most expensive ones, but there are some accessories every beginner guitarist needs to have.
In fact, there are really only 5 guitar accessories that a beginner guitarist needs to have. Everything else is up to your own wants and needs.
It always amazes me how so many beginner guitarists try to get by without a guitar tuner! This is by far one of the most important things a beginner guitarist needs , particularly if you plan to play with other people.
They’re very inexpensive also. I recommend a simple digital clip-on tuner that barely cost more than a set of guitar strings.
Tuning should become routine for a guitarist. It improves how you sound and helps you develop a good ear.
Most people prefer not to use metronomes at all costs but developing a good internal clock is almost as important as developing a good ear for music.
.You probably don't know that professional studio musicians and pretty much any musician playing with in-ear monitors on stage is using a metronome? If these professionals are using it, how much more does a beginner guitarist needs to have one?
.Answer: a lot. Don’t settle for being an average learner.
There are plenty of free metronomes that you can download on your computer or mobile device, but if you’re like me and you certainly prefer something you can carry along with you.
For a beginner guitarist, nothing ruins practice more than a broken string. It’s such a hassle to go to the guitar store, buy the strings, come home and change them. So most people just let it be for a week or two and just don’t practice.
Always, always, ALWAYS have an extra set of guitar strings with you.
Without question your strings will always break at the least convenient time (i.e. while you’re playing with others or supposed to be playing on stage) and you don’t want to be caught empty handed.
In my case I always keep a guitar cloth handy. At least that’s what I call it. It’s an old cloth that I think was supposed to be a baby diaper at one point.
Every time I finish playing my guitar I wipe down my strings to get rid of the finger oils. These oils are what corrodes the strings and decreases their life. It’s also convenient to polish up the guitar or when you decide to deep clean your guitar.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money on this (even though music stores do sell specific brands) – just get a soft rag or an old tee shirt and keep it in the guitar case.
Having a guitar gig bag or case seems like it would be a no-brainer and yet there are many people who are perfectly happy to hang their guitar on a stand or on the wall.
You need to consider your guitar an investment – a guitar gig bag or case is a must.
Not only does keeping it out make it susceptible to bumps and dings, it also forces the guitar to be affected by humidity changes. If you live in an extremely dry or extremely wet climate, that could eventually cause your guitar to swell or crack.
So consider grabbing these 5 accessories if you don’t already have them and keep on practicing!