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What Do I Need To Buy To Play Guitar?

What Do I Need To Buy To Play Guitar?

Whenever you take a trip, you make sure you pack everything. You are about to start on your guitar-learning journey, so, are you sure you packed everything? Here is a list of things you need to start with the right foot.

1. Guitar.

Well, obviously! :-)

2. If you play electric guitar: an amplifier.

It's best for you to buy a SMALL guitar amp, so you can practice at a reasonable volume and get to know what kind of sounds the amp can make. Later, when you have some more experience, you may consider buying a better/larger one. Personally I use small amps even when performing.

3. Unless you are a fingerstyle guitar player, you will need some picks.

Stash away a few more than you think you need: picks are very easily lost.

4. A case for your guitar.

It's a good precaution to put your guitar in its case whenever you take it out of your house. Not only bumping the guitar around can damage it, but any difference in temperature or humidity may be harmful.

5. Tuner.

Playing with your guitar in tune is like taking a shower every day: it's basic courtesy for the people in the same room with you. I have seen musicians getting kicked out of important auditions (even if they were awesome) because their guitar was out of tune, so make sure you use that tuner!

6. Metronome.

Playing in time is part of being "polite" to your audience. Spending some quality time with the metronome is the only way to learn timing. Ask your teacher how to use it for maximum effectiveness!

7. A change of strings.

Guitar strings break all the time. It's not a tragedy if they brea k- they can be replaced in minutes - and it's best to have a spare set of strings in your case at any time.

8. Notepad and Pen.

One of the most underrated piece of gear, pen and paper are the best thing you can have with you whether you are at a guitar lesson or jamming with friends (so you can jot down these sweet musical ideas). And here also comes one of the most important pieces of advice: WRITE DOWN EVERYTHING. It's incredible how fast we forget things, so make sure to have a written record for everything you want to remember. "Future you" will thank you for that.

Again, do not just read this list, but also ask your teacher if there is anything else that applies specifically to you or your lessons that you need to have.

And remember: have fun playing guitar!

About the Author

Tommaso Zillio is a professional rock and metal guitar player with the passion for music theory that teaches electric guitar lessons in Edmonton to many local up and coming guitar players. He's also a respected writer of guitar columns.

Jennifer Barlow