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10 Electric Guitar Accessories A Beginner Guitarist Must Have.

Updated on May 2, 2015

Learning the guitar is one of the best things you can do ever and the younger the better it opens up so many doors for you social and professionally. At the beginning it will be a little tough but trust me it will be worth it! The guitar is the most important part of playing the electric guitar obviously but there are many other accessories that you must have to make your learning experience all the much better. I f you've been playing for a little while you'll definitely find an item amongst this lot that will make you think " I've always wanted one of those " There are some basics accessories you should have which may have come in your starter kit like an amplifier, guitar lead and a bag, these are must's but were going to look at some other must have's.

1. Electric Guitar Tuner

It's a great feeling to play your first chord correctly, playing a simple chord is a massive step in learning the guitar and when it rings through it pushes you to learn more. Now when you begin to learn the basic chords you will learn chords that integrate open strings ( strings that are not pressed ) this means it is important that you guitar is in tune. It only takes a string to be slightly out of tune to make you guitar sound awful. A good Guitar Tuner is probably the most important accessory as a beginner guitarist. If your guitar is out of tune you will always sound bad and this is a big reason why people give up.

2. Plectrum Holder and heaps of plectrums

 You can never have enough plectrums. A plectrum holder that is stuck to your guitar body is a great way to have access to plenty of plectrums whilst your playing and also keeps them in a safe place. You should also try out many different plectrums as they come in many different thickness's so you need to find what's comfortable for you.

3. Guitar Stand

 A guitar stand is well worth the investment not only does it make your guitar look good in your room put it also prevents it from getting knocked over and being damaged. Learning your guitar up against the wall can knock the tunning pegs, can start to bow the neck and can also get knocked over. A freestanding guitar stand is best.

4. Music Stand

 Something that is more associated with violinists and trumpet players but as a guitar player you'll still be reading music or even tab from a book. A music stand makes learning so much easy to read what you're trying to learn. You'll want a sturdy one as Guiatr books can be very heavy.

5. Plenty of Guitar Strings

 You should stock up guitar strings. Strings breaking is probably one o fthe bigest reason people stop playing as when they break the guitar gets put down and never touched again. There are many varieties of strings you can buy. As a beginner you'll want 9 gauge strings, this is the thickness of high E string ( it will be shown on the packet as to what gauge the high string is ) D'addarios and Ernie Ball Super Slinkys are very common guitar string to have.

6. Guitar TAB books

You must buy tab books if your a new guiatrist as this is what you'll read to play songs. Playing the guitar means you can read tab rather than notes, which makes it so much easier. Buy some of the Tab books of your favourite guitarists it doesn't matter whether your a beginner or not as you start to get the hang of your guitar and reading tab you'll be able to start playing some riffs of your favourite artists, this will keep up your enthusiam.

7. Line 6 Pod

If you really want to buy a long term investment for a beginner guitarist then a Line 6 POD is just that. These are used by professional players. They are easy to use and plugged in-between your guitar and amplifier. They change the sound of your amplifier to sound like hundreds of different amplifiers. Marshall, Vox, Mesa Boogie. So if you want to sound like the Beatles in 1966 when they played twist n shout or Jimi Hendrix when he played the star spangled banner at woodstock the line 6 pod will make it sound just like that. They have a website that gives you all the settings for specific songs.Guitar magazines will even give you the settings to their transcribed TABs so you will sound as close to the recorded song. This is neat piece of kit, something that you will keep forever.

8.Hard Case

 Having a hard is ten times better than a padded one for obvious reasons. You should get one that is rectangular shape rather than one that is shaped to your guitar this means you can keep it forever even though you'll change your taste in guitars. You can also carry some of your accessories inside them safely. As you get better playing you'll notice your guitar leaves the house more as you play at school or at some gigs hard cases are a must.

9. Capo

Capo's are one of those things that you need but never buy. They'll be a many a time when you hear a song that you will absoulutely love, go to learn it and you find out that you need a capo to play it Oasis Wonderwall springs to mind. These are cheap to buy but you want one that will hold well and not damage the guitar.

10. This Website

This website im about to share with you is the best place to get Guitar Tab of your favourite songs for free. All tabs have been submitted for free by guitarists all around the world and they are rated as to how good they are. The great thing is that you can get tabs for just riffs of a song rather than having to learn the whole song. These are tabs are transcribed and figured out by normal guitarist so some times they are not the best variation on how you can play a particular song but many of them are excellent and they're free! Check out Ultimate Guitar Tab.com. This is a great place to start learning songs,riffs and solo's. TAB books are always better as they're properly transcribed and will give you the exact sound but if you just want to some basic well known riffs like say, wild thing then this site is great.

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