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Gifts for Guitar Players

Updated on January 11, 2017
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Guitars need accessories and gadgets or else they just won't be happy and therefore specific gifts for guitar players are always well received.

They needs things little things like picks, and strap blocks; slightly bigger things like tuners, slides, stands, capos, strings; and larger things like foot stalls, cases, guitar stand etc.

The thing about these things is that most of them do not last forever and need to be replaced quite often.

So, this is about the gifts for guitar players that I recommend and about other things related to this beautiful instrument.

If you're looking for advice about how to teach your child to play, or children's guitars, I've had great success with my son so I can help you with that : Click on this link.

Thanks for visiting.

PS I have included some videos of famous guitarists playing too.

Pick Punch - The Original Guitar Pick Punch SAME DAY PROCESS USPS PRIORITY
Pick Punch - The Original Guitar Pick Punch SAME DAY PROCESS USPS PRIORITY

Good gadget for guitarists - they always lose their picks! I bought this one for my son and he loves it. It works really well and it is easy to use. It does exactly what it's supposed to do!

 

It's never too late to start learning

Ask my friends what really makes me tick and they'll say - her guitar. I absolutely love mine. I can honestly say that I would risk life and limb to save it if my house ever caught fire!

One of the things that fills me with a sense of real pride is that I can play it and I love playing it.

I started learning in earnest when I hit my late 20s and, although it wasn't easy, I persevered and improved. People rightly say that it's better to start learning an instrument when you're a child, but that doesn't mean that it's ever too late - you just have to realistic goals.

My fanatical love for music started when I was very young and I owe my dad a great deal for that.

Being Italian, he loved the opera and I remember we had a reel to reel tape recorder with people like Caruso singing great works like, Il Rigoletto, La Traviata, and Tosca.

But my dad also loved the blues, jazz, classical music and particularly classical guitar. He was a great singer too.

One day he came home with a cheap acoustic guitar and a couple of teach yourself to play books. He sat and picked his way through them and learned a few simple tunes. We had so much fun singing them together. "Home on the Range" is one I particularly remember - not sure why!!

But life got in the way and so he gave it to me. I enrolled in lessons at school, but my parents were both busy working so I had no help with practice.

I found that I couldn't do it alone, I was too young, it was too hard, and I needed all the encouragement I could get. So I failed to learn much the first time round.

When I started working as a teacher I found that I needed to focus on something other than my work duing my spare time - so that's when I decided to try the guitar again. I found an excellent teacher who taught me for half an hour each week. And I practiced at home for about an hour each day. The progress I made was incredible. It became one of the most satisfying things I have ever done.

So, if like me, you are someone who tried a while ago - do try again - believe me it's worth it. Now I can't imagine life without it. This is a photo of me trying to play a piece in the early days!



I've never looked back - playing the guitar fills me with joy!

Snark SN1 Guitar Tuner (Blue)
Snark SN1 Guitar Tuner (Blue)

We use this particular tuner and it works perfectly. I liked the colour and so does my son!

 

Tip About Tuning and Strings:

All new nylon string guitars have to be stretched and re-tuned until they can stay in tune. The simplest way to tune your guitar is with a tuner. There are free online free tuners like the one on this link.

However, guitars go out of tune when you take them outside, especially in the cold, so tuners are very useful.

I have picked out this tuner because it is easy to use and read as it has a bright and colorful screen. It gets great praise from many people who use it and I use one too. It works well in dark places too. 928 out of a possible 1,036 people gave it a 4 or 5 star rating. It is a good price.


Guitar Strings

Guitar strings are great stocking fillers! You'll need nylon for classical and metal for acoustic and specialist strings for electric guitars.

You may not know that it is very important for guitarists to change their strings once they get old. They stretch too much as they get tuned and lose their resonance.

These are the most commonly used types of guitar strings: bronze, phosphor bronze, and silk and steel.

  • The most commonly used strings are bronze strings ( 80/20 bronze). Used for all styles of playing.
  • Phosphor bronze (bronze with phosphor). These are used for all styles of playing but they have a warmer longer lasting sound than just bronze.
  • Then there are silk and steel strings. These make a lovely mellow sound. They are special strings for vintage guitars.

If the person you are buying for plays a lot on stage, choose with 80/20 bronze because they have a bright sound.

You don't have to buy very expensive strings - the £5 to £15 price range is fine.


Tip on Buying Guitars

You may want to buy someone a new guitar, if so then I would recommend an acoustic electric one with nylon strings. Unless of course they play rock style - then you'll need a completley different instrument!

Choosing a guitar is quite a daunting task, I know this because I had to buy one for myself, and recently my son needed to upgrade his. So I have done some research and I picked out a Lag for my son, but Taylors make excellent ones, as do Godin. Washburn have great sounding guitars that are very reasonably priced.

My advice is that if you are going to buy a guitar for someone who is not a complete beginner, then look at ones that are in the mid-range price because that is where most guitarists find their sweet spot.

Look for solid top guitars and you'll see that they sound as good as many of those that cost thousands of dollars. Those that cost a fortune are very difficult to look after because they are just like delicate works of art.

Find a guitar with a good pick-up and you can't go wrong. Look for, Martin, L.Baggs or Fishmann pick-ups. These will cost £300 upwards. It's best to choose a guitar with the person you're buying for -and visiting a shop to try them out is the best scenario.

The rule, as with most things, is the more you spend the better, however there are some amazing guitars in the mid price range that will do any guitarist proud.

Cheaper guitars are perfectly OK for complete beginners as long as they are real guitars! They need to be able to be tuned and to stay in tune. Also, if you're buying for a child, make sure it's the right size and that it's not a toy, because toys will not stay in tune.


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LAG TN66ACE Standard Series Nylon Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar
LAG TN66ACE Standard Series Nylon Cutaway Acoustic-Electric Guitar

This is my son's guitar. It has a lovely rich tone and is great value.

 

The Guitar I Bought my Son

This is the guitar we decided to buy my son when he needed more richness, volume and sound quality.

We chose it because his guitar teacher highly recommended it. He was blown away by the quality of sound it produced for a guitar in this price range.

It sounds like a much, much more expensive guitar than it actually is so it's perfect for an intermediate player.

Great value for money.

It has a wonderful tone, and is comfortable to play because it is very responsive. It is just right for a young player who needs more from a guitar in terms of tonal quality. At intermediate level the player needs to take a step forward and start to interpret the music, this is where cheaper guitars let themselves down.

This Lag guitar is made in China and although it hasn't got a solid top, it sounds very, very good and my son loves it.

My son loves playing it and he thinks it's beautiful, which is also very important because it makes him proud to own it.

Below is a better picture of it.

Some of Our Guitars at Home - We have 8 in total (at the moment, they breed like rabbits!)

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These are my son's latest guitars. A Lag acoustic - electric and a Brunswick Bass Guitar. Details of the LagMy guitar. An Alhambra Signorita P5. It has a solid red cedar top, gold plated machine heads and a mahogany neck.Here is my guitar again safely in her resting place, a beautiful lined hard case.I bought it at The London Guitar Studio, they call themselves "The World's Number one Specialist Store!' Very famous guitarists have bought their guitars here.Here's another look at them. My son loves them both.Details of the Brunswick
These are my son's latest guitars. A Lag acoustic - electric and a Brunswick Bass Guitar.
These are my son's latest guitars. A Lag acoustic - electric and a Brunswick Bass Guitar.
Details of the Lag
Details of the Lag
My guitar. An Alhambra Signorita P5. It has a solid red cedar top, gold plated machine heads and a mahogany neck.
My guitar. An Alhambra Signorita P5. It has a solid red cedar top, gold plated machine heads and a mahogany neck. | Source
Here is my guitar again safely in her resting place, a beautiful lined hard case.
Here is my guitar again safely in her resting place, a beautiful lined hard case.
I bought it at The London Guitar Studio, they call themselves "The World's Number one Specialist Store!' Very famous guitarists have bought their guitars here.
I bought it at The London Guitar Studio, they call themselves "The World's Number one Specialist Store!' Very famous guitarists have bought their guitars here.
Here's another look at them. My son loves them both.
Here's another look at them. My son loves them both.
Details of the Brunswick
Details of the Brunswick

Hey Hey Baby Hey! Eric Clapton Unplugged - Full Concert

Straps

A new strap will please everyone apart from a classical guitarist because they don't need them as they play sitting down. So a strap is for acoustic or electric only.

This is an example of a good sturdy strap that is very well made and comfortable. Levy make good straps that stay put!

The problem with straps is that they become loose and slip off the knob at the base of the guitar. This is one of the most annoying things that can happen. My son has tried everything he can think of to try to salvage some of the straps he has had over the years. He has tried sewing them and sticking them with strong tape - but sadly once the the holes in the strap get stretched with the weight of the guitar, they get too big and just slip off.

You can buy strap locks and I am in the process of testing some at the moment. I'll let you know how my son gets on with them I'm hoping they'll make a difference to him.

However, back to gifts for guitarists and really lovely strap will always be very well received.

I have picked out a strap that gets very good reviews, but if you click on it you'll find more of them on Amazon.com.



Tip on How to set up a Guitar

You may know someone with a guitar that's been tucked away somewhere and who hasn't played it for for a while.

If so you could treat them by taking it to a music shop and asking them to set it up for them. It won't be very expensive and it will save them the hassle and time.

Ask for new strings; light gauge nylon strings - 12 gauge or lighter, and ask them to tune it up for you.

You'd be surprised how many people are in this situation - you never know you may rekindle their long lost hobby!

I love anything to do with guitars so I think it's fascinating to see how things are done behind the scenes and that's why I've included this video.

I would never attempt to do this myself because it is not an easy thing to get right, but it's interesting to watch an expert at work.


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Posture and Foot Rests

Good posture is so important for a classical player and therefore a good foot rest is essential.

The wonderful design of the guitar means that it falls naturally into your lap. A good posture to adopt when you are starting out is the classical posture. That means resting it between your legs, you will need a foot rest to hold your right leg up a little so that the neck is at the right angle for your left hand to hold the notes.

It's about being comfortable, you should sit forward and keep your back straight too.

I taught myself for about a year and didn't take posture into account at all! So, I learned everything sitting cross legged on the floor - this seemed far more comfy!

When I eventually went to a teacher and I sat on the floor in the classroom to play him what I had learned, he was stunned!






Books by Noal

There are of course many books out there that tell you all about the instrument, and others that teach how to play it.

I have picked out this one by Noad because it is one of the books that helped me the most when I was a complete beginner.

In my view, if you buy only one book it should be by Noad.

So if you know a beginner then their journey stars here. I highly recommend this. 34 out of 34 people gave this book a 4 or 5 star review on Amazon.

There are other books by Noad for more accomplished players. If you click on this one you'll find them on Amazon.


The Guitar Handbook: A Unique Source Book for the Guitar Player - Amateur or Professional, Acoustic or Electrice, Rock, Blues, Jazz, or Folk
The Guitar Handbook: A Unique Source Book for the Guitar Player - Amateur or Professional, Acoustic or Electrice, Rock, Blues, Jazz, or Folk

This is a very comprehensive book. I gave it to my son when he was about 11 and he's completely wrecked it because he has read it so many times! It has taught him practically everything he knows. It covers so much. It starts with information about the instrument and moves through to technical things as well as covering how to play it. A great book for anyone who is starting out and wants to really understand the guitar well. 101 out of 108 people gave this book a 4 or 5 star review on Amazon.

 

Electric at last! - Yippeeeeeee!

I counted my son's guitars yesterday and couldn't believe it - he's got 9 of them!! He also has a cello and a keyboard, which is quite astonishing - I really don't know how we manage in such a small house!

My son's dream to own an electric guitar has come true at last! Christmas day was never so anticipated than this year. He had trouble falling asleep for nights before because he was so excited.

I got such a surprise! He had played his friend's one a couple of times but I had no idea how well he could play it. It's been an amazing experience listening to him with his loop pedal - his songs have been transformed.

He can play easily along with bands like Green Day and he obviously loves Hendrix! He played for 8 hours a day during the holidays!! Now he has joined a rock school. I wonder what will become of him!!



Learning the Notes

You may be looking for something for yourself, and if you are learning to play, then here's my gift to you.

Hopefully Andy Mclaughlan, the teacher in this video will help you master the neck of your guitar. It's something I've been struggling with for a long time, and it's something I have to help my son with.

I was impressed with the way Andy divided the task into 4 techniques, that get progressively harder. I'll be reporting back on how we get on. Wish us luck, and if you try it, please leave us comments on how you're doing.

Thank you Andy for your great teaching. Here's his email address if you have any questions for him:

andy@andymclaughlan.com

Do you play Guitar? - Tell me about your guitar and why you love it.

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      Lorelei Cohen 18 months ago from Canada

      What an excellent gift recommendation for a music lover. My dad played guitar and he would have really enjoyed this.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 2 years ago from London UK

      I'd love to hear you play. What style of guitar? It's such a wonderful thing to do. Thanks very much indeed for your visit.

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Nice. I have been playing the guitar for 47 years now. You never stop learning or losing plectrums :D

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      My son is in a band, and plays and I appreciate this page because I'm always trying to find guitar related gifts for him!

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      SteveKaye 3 years ago

      I can barely play the radio. So I really admire someone who can play a guitar.

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      Takkhis 3 years ago

      I do play it sometimes but I have never bought it myself! Though I learned how to play guitar from my friends :)

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      Dawn 3 years ago from Maryland, USA

      I don't play. I'd love to. But i'm not disciplined enough to get past the part where your fingers hurt really bad. The Mister plays guitar. And I never know what to get for him, so i wimp out with a gift certificate so he can get strings or a pick. I like the tuner idea.

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      Stephen J Parkin 3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      I have a Yamaha CG100 Classical Guitar and I love it. It took me and my tutor a little bit of work in adjusting the action and frets to make it what it is today, but it was worth it as the guitar has better tone than his expensive handmade German Spruce top guitar.I would thoroughly recommend Yamaha guitars especially at the higher end as they have great tone and Yamaha have access to some of the best wood for instrument making. They also build to extremely high tolerance levels.If you are not stuck on having a handmade then these instruments are great value.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      @jmchaconne: You have lifted my heart and spirit today. What a wonderful comment. I'd love to hear you play. I know exactly what you mean - we love our guitars too -there's no other way of putting it! I ma listening to Bach's Chaconne right now. I feel like working on it too now! It is so beautiful. Thanks again you have been an inspiration. Merry Christmas.

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      jmchaconne 3 years ago

      I'm a classical guitar player. I began studying the guitar for one purpose, to play Bach's Chaconne. What a fantastic journey it was, and continues to be. My guitar and Bach's Chaconne have brought me through many difficult times in my life. I have to touch her everyday. I have a 1972 signature masaru kohno, and a 1966 signature Sakazo Nakade. I'd die without my guitars. Thank you for a great lens.

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      TanoCalvenoa 3 years ago

      I've played guitar for about 17 years, and currently have a Fender Stratocaster and a Taylor acoustic. My favorite thing to do other than spend time with my family.

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      Rowan Chisholm 4 years ago from Washington state

      I play guitar, along with a number of other instruments including piano. I've always liked making music.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      It would be very cool to be able to play the guitar. I've always wanted to sit around the campfire and strum on a guitar :)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I wish I could play the Guitar but I have no musical talent even thought I love music.

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      lionmom100 4 years ago

      No, I have never played guitar, but love listening to them, especially acoustic guitars. I did play the violin at one time and loved it.

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      hovirag 4 years ago

      I learnt to play the guitar when I was about 20 then switched to playing the record - I learnt that alone as well - your lens brings memories back :)

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 4 years ago from London UK

      @BigRedDomino: That's so true. The problem is once you start with the guitar one just isn't enough, my son is only 13 and he already has 4!

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      BigRedDomino 4 years ago

      I play Piano, my sister plays Guitar. Both are very captivating instruments but I am so envious of all guitar players because of the mobility of the instrument.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 4 years ago from London UK

      @CraftyStaci: Hello, thanks for your visit and comment. So you know what I'm talking about then when I say that playing the guitar is a really special thing to do. I've never seen a tooled leather on the front of one. Sounds really nice. You really don't need a 'special' guitar - you just need one that you love.

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      CraftyStaci 4 years ago

      I've played since I was about 10 years old. My guitar is pretty ordinary, but has my name on a piece of tooled leather on the front!

    Yep and I became very good at it because...

    Yep and I became very good at it because...

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      • Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

        @Dressage Husband: Playing any instrument over a long time period can cause all sorts of physical pain. I had to cut down on the amount I play because my back and shoulders and arms ache! It's a stress thing. I'm sorry to hear that you have had so much bad luck with it though! My father in law was an excellent all round musician. But he was a butcher's apprentice and he cut off his 4th finger. That didn't stop him he continued playing guitar, by adapting his technique - it wasn't classical guitar though - jazz. Thanks for your visit and for sharing your story with us. I really do appreciate it.

      • Stephen J Parkin 3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

        No, I wanted to play rock guitar and my Dad had already bought a piano for my elder sister to play. He told me the piano or nothing, so I said nothing! Mum persuaded Dad to buy me a nylon strung guitar, but it was cheap and soon warped and became unplayable.Then in my teens I bought a home made rock guitar from a school friend and got another friend to make an amplifier, armed with this and a secondhand speaker I proceeded to deafen the neighborhood for a year or two. My girlfriend, the bands lead singer ran off with the drummer and that put paid to my band experience. Then the amplifier blew and I could not afford to get it fixed so that was that for a while.Later in life I took a job in Saudi Arabia and being away from home I took up playing the Classical Guitar, which is where I acquired the Yamaha CG100. I made good progress to the point where I became a better sight reader than my tutor (A Music Masters and Professional Piano Tuner).I made good progress until my dog broke the middle joint of my left hand index finger. The arthritis as a result has made playing difficult and painful.

      • Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

        @TanoCalvenoa: Hi I've just bought my son his first electric guitar for his Christmas present. He's so excited he can't sleep. Me too! It's a VINTAGE V100PGM Hi-Gloss Tobacco Burst 'Lemon Drop' - so beautiful. I was so lucky and got a bargain half price because it has a little mark on the front - but hey we can live with that right! These are happy days. Thanks for your great comment -very timely! Have a great weekend. And happy thanksgiving (yesterday!)

      • TanoCalvenoa 3 years ago

        Got an electric guitar (Squier Strat) for my 17th birthday, best present ever. I practiced six hours per day for the next two years, before having to reduce my playing time.

      • Giovanna Sanguinetti 4 years ago from London UK

        @RowanChisholm: I love this! That's how I started with my son -inventing music. He has now written 17 songs! And they are really very good. I taught myself too - until I realized I was getting nowhere fast! hahahaha! I'm not a 'natural' - I wish I were! Thanks for visiting my lens and leaving such a great comment. Good luck with your piano playing.

      • Giovanna Sanguinetti 4 years ago from London UK

        @hmommers: I'm not that good at it either - but I love trying to get better - Just trying to learn to play has made me really appreciate the master's at work when I hear them : Segovia, John Williams, Eric Clapton and all the others, Half an hour a day will make a big difference -can you find that time? It's worth it.

      • Giovanna Sanguinetti 4 years ago from London UK

        @anonymous: I love any instrument really! But the guitar was something that came from my dad and he was a very special guy -so I went with that. I'm really glad I did - I owe it to him. I bought my son a harmonica last year - so he's singing a few Bob Dylan songs now! Isn't that something!

      • Rowan Chisholm 4 years ago from Washington state

        I was banging on the piano as soon as I could reach the keyboard. Then I found the lesson books my brother had had, from kindergarten on up, and started teaching myself. I did manage to miss some core skills, but I also wasn't restrained by the "box" and was inventing music as well. (

      • hmommers 4 years ago

        Yes, but I have never been real good at it.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I was pretty young when I decided that I wanted to learn the harmonica. I wouldn't say I'm really good at it, but I do enjoy it!

      • Giovanna Sanguinetti 4 years ago from London UK

        @DebW07: Fantastic! I always looked up to the kids that played in our band. I tried the clarinet when I was at high school but it was too loud - couldn't play it at home without annoying the neighbors big time hahaha! The flute is so beautiful.

      • DebW07 4 years ago

        I played the flute when I was young and even played in my high school band.

      Starting Young - Did you start learning an instrument when you were young?

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        • Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

          @SteveKaye: It's never too late. I say that sincerely. Learning to play an instrument has so many hidden benefits.For example, I appreciate music much more, I can relate to musicians much more, I have learned about myself, I have realized how commitment works, and I can't really play that well!! Just feeling the progress makes it worth while. Go on - try again. Half an hour a day - is all it takes.

        • SteveKaye 3 years ago

          I took one piano lesson. Then 30 years later I taught myself to play the scale of C. Now I wish I had learned how to play something. I really enjoy music.

        • Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

          @katiecolette: Great! Let me know how you get on. I'm so glad that my page turned you on to playing!

        • katiecolette 3 years ago

          I didn't, but guitar is my favorite instrument, and I am seriously considering taking some lessons. Thanks for the inspiration.

        • Giovanna Sanguinetti 4 years ago from London UK

          @BigRedDomino: Thanks for your visit and for leaving a comment. Good luck with everything. Maybe one day we could all get together on Google Hangouts and have a huge group play! That could be done!

        • BigRedDomino 4 years ago

          I really wish I had because I get good reviews on my piano playing but I didn't start teaching myself until I was 18. I have a Work in Progress lens about that actually for the Music Quest. I always think "what if?" I offer both of my kids piano lessons all the time and my husband just taught our son some stuff on the harmonica the other day. I for sure agree with the PRAISE PRAISE PRAISE while teaching young kids.

        Thank you for your visit. I hope you found what you were looking for. Please leave a comment.

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            Giovanna Sanguinetti 2 years ago from London UK

            Thanks very much indeed for your visit.

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            Barbara Tremblay Cipak 2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

            great page! so much information, my son plays guitar and I'll bet he would enjoy all your work here

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            Giovanna Sanguinetti 2 years ago from London UK

            That's 'cheeky'! lol - didn't know how else to put it! Thanks a lot for your visit. :)

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            Michelle Liew 2 years ago from Singapore

            My dad finds his sweet spot in the mid range too! Glad to know a fellow guitar lover!

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            Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

            @SteveKaye: My goodness you're so right! Ill try to explain that beautiful concept to my son - perhaps he can write a song with it! Thanks very much indeed for your visit and wonderful comment.

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            Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

            @SusanDeppner: This lens is very personal. My son is a very hard worker and also plays the cello and writes his own songs! Sometimes I have to pinch myself because I am so proud of him. I have no idea what's going to become of him -the music industry is probably the toughest -but at the moment he dreams of being a musician. So I dream with him! Thanks very much for your visit and lovely comment.

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            SteveKaye 3 years ago

            When you immerse yourself into creating art, you become the art. Then time disappears and everything begins to make sense. Thank you for publishing this wonderful lens.

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            Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

            I love all the useful information you included along with the very practical gift ideas for guitar players. How exciting that your son is progressing so well, and especially that he seems to really love playing guitar. So glad the two of you can share that interest!

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            Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

            @Dressage Husband: Yes it's essential that we encourage our children in every way. Thank you so much for your kind words about my lens.

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            Stephen J Parkin 3 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

            This page is great as it has all the needed information for the young player and parent. The best advice was to Praise and Praise and Praise again. My parents succeeded in killing my early desires and like many children I did not try again for many many years. By telling a child no you can make them feel that what they want and believe in is not worth fighting for. Imagine if Brian May's father had killed his desire at a young age what a lesser place the World would be?All music is worth learning and all styles, as they all interlink as Andy Mclaughlan so clearly illustrates in his video. Well done on a fine Lens!

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            Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

            @TanoCalvenoa: Thank you so much. I loved making it. I have so many other things I'd like to add but it's getting a bit long -not sure how long lenses are supposed to be! I know more about guitars than I do about Squidoo - it's fun here though! Nice to meet you. Do you still play? Why not make a lens with you playing?

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            Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

            Your lens is great.I have two grandson's that play a guitar, one plays in a band, he is very good. I love listening to him, he sings well. I am a lucky nana to have a musician like him.

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            TanoCalvenoa 3 years ago

            What a great page. I very much appreciate guitar-related pages here on Squidoo.

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            Giovanna Sanguinetti 4 years ago from London UK

            @Elsie Hagley: Oh yes my mum loves listening to my son play and sing. There's nothing more exciting than watching children become musicians before your very eyes! Good luck to your grandson -well done! Being in a band is not an easy thing - I love this lens it's getting such terrific comments from really lovely people. Thanks for visiting and your kind comments.

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            Giovanna Sanguinetti 4 years ago from London UK

            @anonymous: Oh my word -what a compliment! Watch out, you'll never look back! There's so much help online and, as I said in the lens, you don't have to start with a really expensive guitar. Mine was just a plywood thing that I love for 3 years! Please tell me how you get on if do decide to give it a go. Thanks for your visit.

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            Giovanna Sanguinetti 4 years ago from London UK

            @Elyn MacInnis: I really did quit with the help of my guitar. I have never smoked since! hoooray!! Thank you for visiting and for your kind comments.

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            Giovanna Sanguinetti 4 years ago from London UK

            @DrBillSmithWriter: You're welcome - I am blessed :0)

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            Giovanna Sanguinetti 4 years ago from London UK

            @mrdata: You're welcome. I really enjoyed writing it and look forward to contributions by other guitarists and musicians - I'd like to develop the lens further. The next generation has so much to do! Thanks for your visit and kind words.

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            anonymous 4 years ago

            Fantastic lens, it really makes me want to give the guitar a try!

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            Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

            Quit smoking by playing a guitar? I like that idea very much. You have so much here - nicely done!

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            William Leverne Smith 4 years ago from Hollister, MO

            Neat lens. Thanks for sharing. SquidAngel blessed! ;-)

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            mrdata 4 years ago

            Valuable lens! I love playing guitar and thanks for sharing great ideas!

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            Giovanna Sanguinetti 4 years ago from London UK

            @SusanDeppner: Thank you so much for your lovely feedback. It makes me feel like playing a tune! :0)

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            Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

            Wonderful lens, a joy to read because the joy your guitar gives you really shines through!

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            Giovanna Sanguinetti 4 years ago from London UK

            @BigRedDomino: Thanks for your visit. Yes I can honestly say that the guitar did change my life for the better - smoking is BAD NEWS - I wonder if I can apply the same technique to losing some weight! hahaha! Guitarists love cool T shirts!

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            Giovanna Sanguinetti 4 years ago from London UK

            @DebW07: I'm so glad you enjoyed my lens, I really loved making it and I will add to it as time goes on so do call back. Hope you'll find her a nice gift! Thanks for leaving comments.

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            BigRedDomino 4 years ago

            HOW AWESOME that the guitar helped you quit smoking!!! I know so many people that play guitar, if I had the funds I would be buying some of the awesome products you recommended. Great Lens!

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            DebW07 4 years ago

            Wow, this was a very interesting and extensive lens on the guitar. I don't play it but my daughter does and she really enjoys it.

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