Accessories beginner guitarists need

Once you make the decision to buy your first guitar, there are a few extra things you'll want to buy. These accessories will make your life a bit easier, help you out, or even save you money in the long run.

What a beginner guitarist needs

Here are my recommendations on what you need to get, and why. As you know, I've been teaching guitar for many years now, and these items are what I deem to be important for a beginner guitarist. Of course, you can go wild, and spend an extra $1000 on things you don't really need, but why would you.

All you need is the following. And your guitar of course.
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Fretboard stickers, to help you learn guitar notes

"Learning the notes on the guitar is a pain", said every guitar student I've ever met.

Yes, it's not the funnest part of learning guitar, but it's one of those things that you really need to do as you progress as a guitarist. Without learning the notes on the fretboard, you eventually get stuck at a certain level, and your progress will be impeded. This is especially true for people who want to learn improvisation.

While there are a few methods that make learning the notes a bit easier, like these 5 tips, and understanding the tonal relationship between the guitar strings, there are a few products that can help you learn those notes.

Don't Fret Note Map

I found this note map as I was searching for a way to help a student, who was desperate for some assistance in learning soloing. He was having a hard time remembering where each note was.

This is how I came across the Don't Fret Note Map.

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Guitar Pick Tips and Guide

The guitar pick (aka plectrum) you use is one of the most overlooked parts of most beginner guitar lessons, so I want to share some guitar pick tips with you. Believe it or not, the guitar pick you use makes a huge impact on both the tone you get from your guitar, and the ease of which you can play a specific song or genre.

So many picks, so little time...

So many picks, so little time...

Your guitar plectrum is the main point of contact between you and the guitar (unless you are watching our fingerpicking guitar lessons of course :-)). A given type of pick might work better for a particular musical situation, depending on the tone you want to hear and the genre you are playing.

Of course, first thing's first, learn how to hold a guitar pick. Once it doesn't fly out of your hand on the third strum anymore, you can start experimenting with picks of different material and gauge, the results will be very audible and often lead to the easier playing of a given song.

Here are some tips on how to choose the proper guitar pick in any given situation:

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8 tips on how to buy your first guitar

Once you've made the decision to start learning guitar, the first step will be to actually get one. At first sight, guitars have mysterious specifications and technical jargon that you won't be able to comprehend, so it can be a daunting process for a beginner who doesn't have a clue about anything guitar related.

To make things a bit simpler for you, here are some tips on buying the best first guitar.

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Guitar Tuning Tips and Tricks

Learning how to tune your guitar, and keeping it in tune is one of the most important technical elements of playing the guitar.

If your guitar is not in tune, you simply won't be able to hit the notes you want, or play the songs you love, since it will all sound out of tune. Sort of like when an amateur singer performs at karaoke night 😉

No worries though, learning to tune your guitar is as easy as 1,2,3.

First of all, watch our video tutorial on how to tune a guitar, it will show you the basic technique with an electric tuner, and without one as well (if you want to tune by ear). To tune by ear, you'll need a reference note, for which you can use our online guitar tuner.

Once you learn guitar tuning, make sure you keep it in tune afterwards as well. Here are some helpful guitar tuning tips for you:

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Zoom G1Xon – My favorite digital guitar effects pedal

I have always been a fan of Zoom products, as they have always made great things at affordable prices.

My previous digital multi-effects pedal was a Zoom G1X, and I have recently upgraded it to its new version, the Zoom G1Xon.

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At first glance, it seems like a trip back to the '80s. But trust me, it's the best budget-friendly multi effects pedals you can buy. Read more

Electric Guitar vs. Acoustic Guitar – Which is Better for Beginners?

One of the most common questions I get from new guitar players is to answer the epic question once and for all, and decide whether it is best to learn on an acoustic guitar, or an electric guitar, and to start with electric guitar lessons or acoustic guitar lessons.

First of all, the second part of the question is flawed. If you are a total beginner, you don't need to differentiate between lesson types yet, since at this stage, you are still just trying to learn very basic techniques, which are the same for both types of guitar (check out our free basic guitar lessons).

Electric or acoustic?

Electric or acoustic?

Now back to the original question of whether learning on an electric or acoustic is more suitable for beginners.

This is a very interesting question that causes many disagreements between us, guitar teachers as well. There are advantages and disadvantages of learning on either type of guitar, so I will try to list them all, and after you get a chance to read the pros and cons of both sides, I'll give my opinion as well. And don't skip forward, read the article in full, I want you to see things objectively before you hear my subjectivity.

So, lets start off with the electric guitar.

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5 Christmas Gift Ideas for Guitarists

'Tis Christmas time again, stores start filling, people start shopping for gifts. Giving is a great joy, especially when you know that the gift will make the recipient happy, so Christmas shopping can get a bit difficult and stressful when you don't have any ideas. Luckily, guitarists will always be happy to receive guitar related stuff, no matter how small or large.

Here are a couple of guitar related Christmas gift ideas for you:

1. Personalized Picks Make a Great Christmas Present

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Personalized picks

You can get totally personalized guitar picks, which make great Christmas presents for any guitarist. They are very very cool, your favorite guitarist will be showing it off to his/her friends, colleagues, people on the street for a long time 🙂

Make sure the pick really is personalized, meaning it has the recipients nick name, face, logo, or some other form of personal detail printed or engraved onto the pick.

If your favorite guitarist is into jewelry, you can also get silver guitar pick medals to put onto necklaces.

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