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What equipment do I need to start taking up guitar classes?

05/09/2016 | by Mario Bap | Posted in Guitar Basics

In order to start learning how to dominate the guitar, you’ll need a few pieces of equipment:

 

  • Guitar

 

You will need to own your own guitar. This is vital because you need to practice all the material that gets given to you in class.

 

  • Guitar Picks

 

Although some instructors will give you your first pick, it is highly advisable that you have at least 3 others in your guitar case at all times. This is important, as all guitarists know that if you aren’t careful, you can lose a pick in no time.

 

  • Guitar Tuner

 

Having your own guitar tuner is essential. Initially during your classes you will be taught how to tune your guitar using a tuner. Therefore having your own is vital. Remember, no matter how well you play, if you’re out of tune… You’ll sound terrible! It is advisable to purchase a guitar tuner that has a metronome built in. Purchase a Chromatic Tuner.

 

  • Metronome

 

Going along with what was just said. Many Chromatic Tuners have metronomes built into them. Make sure that you purchase one that does. This saves you from having 2 separate electronic devices filling up your bag. A metronome is a little device that plays equally spaced ticks or beeps. It assists us in staying on beat when playing. Your instructor will show you how to use one.

 

  • Capo

 

A Capo is a clamp that clamps onto our strings and changes the key of the guitar. There are loads of uses for one. In my opinion every guitar bag should have a capo in it. Make sure you purchase one that suits your guitar type.

 

  • Nice to Haves

 

Number 1-5 took care of all the essentials that you should have when taking up guitar classes. Number 6 deals with others that might not be necessary, but are convenient to have. These include:

 

  • Extra set of strings
  • Guitar Strap ( To stand and play )
  • Music Stand for your notes

 

Awesome ! You now know what you need. Now get out there and get all this so we can begin.

 

See you soon.

 

Mario


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