What guitar accessories do I need?

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I recommend using a pick when learning how to play the guitar. I use a nylon Jim Dunlop .38 thickness guitar pick. Choose a very thin pick, as this allows you to be able to strum the strings without producing a lot of pick noise.

Another very important guitar accessory is an electronic guitar tuner. When first starting to learn how to play guitar, having your instrument in tune is a must. There are different ways to tune a guitar including tuning by ear, tuning to a keyboard or piano, tuning using the harmonics on the guitar, or by using an electronic guitar tuner. Electronic tuners are very easy to use and super accurate. I have been using one made by Korg for many years, the Korg GA-1. There are many other inexpensive ones to choose from that work great as well.

Having a extra set of guitar strings is very handy as well. Nothing is more frustrating then sitting there practicing guitar and have a guitar string break and not have a replacement string. I would suggest you have a complete set of guitar strings as a backup just in case. There are so many different types of guitar strings on the market, but I would recommend Martin .010 acoustic strings for an acoustic guitar and Fender .009 electric strings for a electric. If you go to your local music store and ask for these like this, they should know what you want.

Guitar Strap! Absolutely. Get you an inexpensive guitar strap. You will need one anyway if you stand up and play. However, I recommend you use the guitar strap even when you are sitting down practicing. I had a student once who had just bought a real nice guitar and was sitting down practicing her guitar fell off her lap onto the floor and it busted a big hole in the guitar. A strap can prevent this type of problem.

Don’t try and practice sitting on your bed or couch. A fold up music stand is the answer. You can get one for under $10 at your local music store. This way, you can place your stand in front of you as you practice and be able to sit up straight and have your guitar lesson material in front of you.

Guitar Capo – A guitar capo is something that you don’t need right away when you first start learning to play the guitar. Once you start learning your guitar chords and getting your rhythm down, then you may consider getting a capo. What a capo does is change the pitch of the open strings and also changes the key of a song allowing you to play along with songs that would otherwise be in a key that is very hard to play. Also, if you sing, the capo allows you to change the key of a song quickly simply by placing the capo on the proper fret on the guitar neck.

Guitar Gig Bag – Having a quality gig bag (carrying bag) for your guitar is also a good idea. Get one that has a lot of padding all around the bag for good protection of your guitar. These are great from carrying your guitar around from place to place and not damaging them.

Metronome – And finally, a good electronic metronome can help you with being able to learn your different beats therefore helping you improve your guitar rhythm. Again, this would be an optional item when you first start learning guitar.

Having the proper accessories for your guitar is vital!!!

Practice is the key to learning how to play guitar!

Sam Lyons
Guitar Instructor

Next>> Tips On Choosing A Beginner Guitar

Hi, how’re you doing? Sam Lyons here, welcome to What Guitar Accessories Do
You Need.

What I’m gonna talk about in this lesson are some guitar ccessories that you’ll
probably find really useful if you’re gonna do my Beginners Guitar Course.

Just gonna talk a little bit about them so you know what to look for when you go to the guitar store.

The first thing I want to talk about are picks. Now, the most important thing to look for
when you’re a beginner guitar player and
you don’t really know what you want, is to get yourself a very, very thin pick.

I would recommend the “Jim Dunlop USA Nylon .46mm” pick. They’re white and very, very thin.
That’s the one I’d recommend that you start off with.

If you want to get – later on in the Course when we start doing some Scales and stuff, and playing some single lines, single notes – you might want to get a slightly thicker pick.

I recommend the orange Dunlop picks…. Tortoise. Tortus, tortoise? Yes, really good picks; slightly thicker, good texture, easy to grip. If you’re just playing electric guitar, I tend to use a thicker pick. Jim Dunlop again, a “Jazz 3”. Nearly everyone
I know uses the same pick: the little “Jazz 3’s”.

I really like them, but the type of pick and the brand you that you buy is really your choice. You don’t have to buy a Jim Dunlop, buy whatever brand you want.

Fender makes good picks, I mean it really doesn’t make any difference, just find one that you like.

So, that’s the first thing. Second thing, I highly recommend that you get yourself a Guitar Strap. Why? Because I don’t want your guitar falling off! Especially if you’re gonna stand up – you need to buy a strap, right, there’s no way around it if you’re gonna stand up. But if you’re sitting down as well, it can stop you kind of trying to grip the guitar in a funny way and altering your posture.

It kind of makes it awkward if you’re trying to hold your guitar all the time, so getting a strap so that it’s kind of just almost tight on you when you’re sitting down is a good way to do it.

So I try and think of my guitar being the same sitting down as when I’m standing up,

I think that’s a good kind of practice to get into. But getting a strap’s quite a good idea – doesn’t matter the type of strap you get.
If you have a heavy guitar, like a Les Paul type guitar, an electric guitar,

you probably want to get a padded strap, because, well maybe I’m just a big baby but my shoulder gets really sore when I play with my Les Paul. So I’ve got an extra big thick padded strap for that guitar.

Anyway, next really important thing that you need to get is a Metronome.Now, the metronome that I use is called a “Korg-MA30”.

Again, don’t have a deal with Korg, just it’s a really good metronome – most all my students have one.

It’s got a lot of features that are really quite advanced that you’re not gonna use straight away as a beginner, but it’s just good. So, I’d go and check that out. And they’re not particularly expensive either, but it doesn’t really matter, just I wouldn’t advise that you buy the ‘tick-tock’ one,

you know the ‘tick-tock-tick’ that you see sitting on the piano teacher’s desk.
Don’t get one of those, silly idea. You can only choose certain speeds and stuff, just generally a bad idea.

OK, Guitar Tuner. Now I use a really big “Peterson’s Strobe Tuner”, right, and they’re quite expensive.

Really would be over the top if you’re a beginner guitar player to get one of those.

The Korg MA-30 Metronome has a guitar tuner which looks exactly the same except it’s silver, I think, and works as a fine tuner also.

I do recommend getting an electronic tuner because if your guitar’s in tune it sounds nicer, which is a lot more inspiring when you’re learning guitar. So I’d recommend getting yourself a Korg electronic tuner, but it doesn’t really matter what tuner you get.

If you’ve have lots of money, and you just want to spread it around unnecessarily, then get yourself a Peterson’s Strobe Tuner, because they’re fantastic tuners; really accurate, just too expensive, in my opinion, for a beginner.

Anyway. Capo – or “Cay-Po” – I don’t know how it’s pronounced and I don’t really care, right.

I call it a Capo; some people call it a “Cay-Po”.

I don’t really know and I don’t really care! I recommend what is called a ‘Kyser’ capo. Why? Because I think they’re really good and I’ve never had one wear out or break.
They just seem to last forever, they’re really good.

There’s no little screws that you have to tighten up or anything like that.
They’re really easy to move positions, they’re really good. They’re slightly more expensive than the regular capo, but you’re probably only going to buy one in your
lifetime – unless you lose it like I do. I lose mine all the time,
but that’s just because I’m a bit bad when it comes to losing stuff like capos.

Anyway…. I get that where people borrow them off me all the time. Anyway, get yourself a capo, ‘Kyser’ capos’ – really good.

We’re gonna discuss how to use a capo later on, so I’m not gonna go into that right now, it’s just a good idea to get yourself one.

Display Folder! Get yourself some sort of little book with the clear pages in it so you can keep all your notes in.

Really good idea, keeps them organised. You keep organised in a book, you keep organised in your brain.

Don’t know how that works, but it does, so that would be a really really good thing to get going on as well.

Couple of other, slightly less important accessories, but I still think are really valuable.

Strap Locks. If you’re gonna buy a strap for your guitar, get Strap Locks.

I use a big metal thing on the end of the body here which I have to kind of ‘click’ off
to get the strap off and it makes a clicking noise.

The strap’s never gonna come off, right. It’s really important because I have seen really expensive guitars guys and girls with,
you know, posh Les Pauls or whatever, Les Pauls have got a really fragile headstock–
playing away, this strap comes off, guitar falls down like that and smacks the headstock on the floor.

Headstocks gone, guitar worth half of what it used to be, and it’ll cost you a fortune to get it replaced.

So, if you’re gonna stand up and play guitar, get yourself Strap Locks.
I use Schaller Strap Locks which are about $20 or something like that. But you can buy really cheap ones for like a dollar, however, they are plastic ones. Not recommended.

If you can, get yourself some sort of Tape Recorder,it’s a really, really good idea. The best thing in the world that you can have when you’re learning guitar is a Jam Buddy – somebody or something to play along with that you can practice songs with, and as you develop a little bit and somebody’s learned to play Lead Guitar,then one guy can play some Rhythm,

the other guy plays Lead. You can go back-to-back and test each other on naming chords. It’s great to have a Jam Buddy.

If you don’t know anybody that’s learning guitar at the same time as you, then getting yourself some sort of a Tape Recorder is a really, really good idea, so you can record yourself, listen back – listening back is a really good teacher.
And, as well, you can record yourself doing some Rhythm Guitar, and then practice doing either Rhythm Guitar along with it or practising a little Lead Guitar along with it. It’s a really, really good thing to do. Some sort of audible Tape Recorder, not necessary, but very useful.

And last thing, A Music Stand. A lot of people end up with back problems because they practice sitting on their bed, with their music on the bed next to them. Their back’s twisted round and their neck hunched over.then they’re reaching and looking at the guitar neck.

Really, really good way to have to spend a whole lot of money in the chiropractor – don’t do it.

Get yourself a Music Stand, they don’t cost a lot. Stick it up in front of you,
make sure that you’re not twisting your spine around all the time.

It’s a good idea to sit up fairly straight when you’re practising guitar, don’t be all hunching over because it will lead you to some neck and back problems if you end up practising guitar a lot.

There you go, there’s a few accessories for you.

Hope that’s helped you with some ideas of some things that you need to buy the first time that you go to the music shop, or if you’ve already bought your guitar, the second time that you go to the music shop.

Or maybe you go to the music shop all the time, so it won’t be that…..you know what I mean.

I’ll see you for another lesson soon.

Keep Rock’in,

Sam Lyons