Must-Have Guitar Accessories before Starting to Play

Ask any guitarist and you’ll find out that they have one or more gadgets to help them out with playing the guitar. It might be a gadget to bring a unique sound, a gadget to make it quicker to change the strings, or just to be comfortable when playing.

Regardless, you’ll have to buy at least one guitar accessory if you truly want to learn the ways of the guitar.

Since there are many companies out there that advertises their guitar products (even if it’s not necessary), it’s making it more difficult for you to know what you really need.

So, let’s solve that with this list of the must-have guitar accessories that you can’t live without!

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Strings

Okay, this is common knowledge. You can’t play a guitar without any strings, but that’s not the only point. You may already have strings attached to your guitar, but you still have to have spare strings.

Order some before you buy other accessories that we’ll talk about today. Strings are the only really necessities when playing a guitar, so running out of them will leave you unable to play.

Since strings have to be changed once in a while to ensure that the guitar will sound the same or even better, a winder might be necessary for you, too.

String Winder

Let me guess, you don’t know what a string winder is. That comes naturally when you’re just a beginner; professionals are usually the only ones using this.

A string winder is a guitar accessory for changing the strings on your guitar, but what sets it apart is the fact that it makes the process quicker and easier.

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Tuners

When your guitar is already setup with perfect strings and you have some spare ones, you can now start playing the guitar, but can you?

It is essential that your guitar is in tune. Most professionals know how to tune it themselves, but when you are starting, it’s better to buy a tuner, until you learn how to tune it yourself.

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Capo

Your guitar is now in tune, but since you’re a beginner, you only know a few chords. Perhaps you want to play a song with chords you don’t know, like barre chords.

Then a capo is definitely for you! A capo can be placed on any fret so you can easily play songs that have chords you don’t know of.

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Picks

Sometimes, when you’re starting out, the tip of your fingers will hurt whenever you play for a long time. Picks will help you with that, and they can even help you play notes individually.

Strap

If you’re planning on playing a guitar while standing up, then a strap is a must-have guitar accessory for you. Besides, you don’t have to look for the best strap. Any strap works.

Conclusion

There you have it. If you’re really looking to improve your guitar skills as fast as possible, then these accessories will help you achieve that. However, don’t rely on them too much, especially the tuner.

How to Use Guitar Accessories like an Expert

After buying guitar accessories, the next challenge you’ll encounter is using them. While there are many known ways to use certain accessories, some of them are actually wrong and shortens their lifespan.

Whether you want to tune your guitar, change your guitar strings, use a guitar cable, or set up the stand, you need to know how professionals are using them.

So today, you’ll learn how to use guitar accessories so that you’ll be able to use them longer before buying another.

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Tuning Your Guitar, the Right Way

First thing you need to know is the notes when tuning, from thickest to thinnest are:

E, A, D, G, B, E

By turning each of the “machine heads” (the small keys you’ll see at the end of the guitar), you can adjust the pitch. Since everyone has their own preference, that’s up to you. But if you want to sound just like everybody else, use an electrical tuner.

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Changing Your Guitar Strings the Right Way

First, loosen the strings by using the tuning key. After it’s loosened, you can then remove the bridge pin which holds the end of the strings.

Now insert the new string and do the reverse of everything you did, insert the bridge pin, and then tighten using the tuning key.

For the finishing touch, cut using a wire cutter any excess string.

Conclusion

There are countless people that know how to play a guitar, so you might find it frustrating that you can’t set yourself apart from others. But if you know how to use the guitar accessories that you have the right way, you will also know how to make it so that you will sound differently and play differently than everyone else.

Guitar Lessons for Beginners: Proper Positioning and Posture is Key!

Everyone has their own challenges, whether you have a small hand or a big one, short fingers or long ones. But for most people, probably including you, there’s no telling where to start.

So that’s what this post is all about. Before you start playing the guitar, you need to know how to hold and tune a guitar.

Often, you’ll find guitarists playing like they don’t care about their positioning or posture, but that’s a HUGE mistake. Here’s how to do it right.

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When sitting down

Keep your back straight while your two feet are on the floor. Also, put the waist of the guitar on your right leg.

When positioning your fingers

Rest the thumb of your fretting hand behind the guitar’s neck, and take note, it should be between your first two fingers. All of the knuckles in your hand should also be bent.

After that, the tip of your fingers should be pressed down the strings as close to the fret as possible without actually touching the fret.

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When placing your right hand

Rest the upper part of your arm on the upper part of the guitar, and remember to relax your right hand above the sound hole.

Final Thoughts

Position and posture are often neglected by many guitarists, mainly because they don’t notice any adverse effects in doing so. But spending all your time playing the guitar with the wrong posture and positioning can affect not only your performance, but can also have long-term effects such as joint pain in the fingers, or back pain.

Beginner’s Ultimate Buying Guide for Guitar Accessories

There are countless factors that might affect the way your guitar sounds, that’s why whether you like it or not, you need to buy guitar accessories.

As is usually the case to buyers, you’ll sometimes feel like being scammed because of low-quality but expensive stuff or lucky because of high-quality but cheap products. But it’s very difficult to know which is which.

So, I’m sure you want to experience the latter, and that’s what we’ll talk about today, your ultimate buying guide so that you’ll know which among the cheap options the high-quality one is.

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Guitar

First and foremost, let’s talk about what to look for when buying a guitar, since it’s the most important piece there is when playing a “guitar”.

For starters, don’t buy it online! Go to the store and see it for yourself. Why? Because you’ll have to do some things to check the guitar.

One is measuring the distance of the string from the neck. With that said, bring a ruler and check if the distance is between 3 to 4 mm.

Here’s another tip, we recommend you buy second-hand guitars because they sound better than most.

Strings

When choosing which strings, you’ll use, it seems that it’s unnecessary to take your time choosing, but it’s actually going to change the sound of your guitar, in several ways.

So, if you’re ever going to buy strings, you need to buy those that are 0.010 inch thin or lighter gauge strings. They are easier to play and clean, but they’re easy to break. Nonetheless, they produce the best sound.

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Picks

Different picks are made from different materials, have various thicknesses, shapes, and of course, sizes. Here’s the best pick we recommend:

Shape: Sharp with lead guitar, round with rhythm guitar.

Thickness: Thick with lead guitar, thin with rhythm guitar.

Material: Nylon and celluloid, through and through.

Size: Of course, it’s up to you but we recommend smaller since big ones tend to interfere with your strumming.

Strap

When buying a strap, don’t worry about the quality or anything like that. Just settle for what looks great to you. It won’t affect the sound of your guitar.

Final Thoughts

This is for when you are starting out and until you become a pro. However, you’ll see guitarists just picking the best-looking one. This is a HUGE mistake and make sure you prioritize quality over beauty.