When you’re a beginner learning the guitar, does brand name matter? For the basics, an inexpensive (but still quality!) instrument is completely fine, and can offer you a great starting point. Ultimately, the difference between a $100 guitar and a more expensive guitar can be subjective – it all comes down to what you prefer and what your end goals are.
On the other hand, there are some added accessories that can make a huge impact on your playing, no matter how much you shelled out for your guitar. With a great collection of guitar gadgets, you can make a big impression. Here are just a few awesome accessories to add to your bag:
A capo is essentially a clamp that you attach to your fretboard, shortening the length and moving the end of the board, allowing you to play in different keys using basic chords. This allows you to play tougher songs, and especially comes in handy if you’re singing along and need to adjust to your vocal range. If you’re anticipating some impromptu karaoke, a capo is essential for your accessory collection.
Learning how to tune a guitar takes practice, and some players just don’t have the natural talent to tune by ear – and that’s ok! But that’s where an electronic tuner will come into play. Tuners can be purchased at any music store, or there are also several apps available for your Smartphone for easier access.
3. The right strings
Note that this isn’t “just any strings.” The type of strings you choose will impact your sound, as well as your ability to play for some beginners. Generally, heavier strings will give you a fuller sound. If heavy metal is your preferred style, you’ll want to go with heavier strings. However, if you haven’t developed calluses yet, heavy strings can be pretty painful. Most beginners choose thinner strings for this reason, but keep in mind that they break easily – so pick up a few extra packs! Of course, remember to restring your guitar regularly, especially if you’re playing often.
A metronome is one piece of equipment that every musician needs to own. Using a metronome will help with your timing, rhythm, tackling tough phrases and more. Even if you think you have that internal timing, practicing with a metronome is important.
5. An arsenal of apps
The great thing about living in the generation of iPhones, iPads and Smartphones is the availability of apps to help you with… well, pretty much anything! There are a ton of music apps on the market, free or otherwise, ranging from tuners to metronomes to chord charts and more.
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