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Posted by on Sep 5, 2014 in Gear, Recommended Articles | 0 comments

What Guitar Accessories Should I Buy?


Guitar Accessories: capo, pick, strap, tunerThe nice thing about learning the guitar is that you don’t have to buy a big assortment of expensive gear.  In fact, less is better.  Here are four very basic accessories that are a must.

1.) Picks.  This is an obvious item, but some practical advice is still needed here.  Even if you desire to play fingerstyle guitar, you’ll still need a pick at some point.  Picks are EASY to lose, so buying several is a good idea.  Picks come in many different shapes, sizes, and thicknesses.  I prefer Dunlop Gator Grip 1.5 mm picks.  The shape of the Gator Grip is the most common, and it’s the shape I recommend as an all around good choice.  The thickness of the pick is a preference issue.  I would recommend that you try several different sizes from .71mm to 2mm, and choose the thickness that you like best.

2.) A Guitar Tuner.  Electronic guitar tuners are a life saver.  They allow you to be in perfect standard tune.  Tuners are relatively inexpensive.  Snark tuners are my favorite, and they are very affordable.  Tuner apps are a great option for smartphone users.  Many tuner apps are FREE!

3.) A Capo.  The capo is a guitar player’s best friend.  A capo is simply a clamp that you can fasten across the strings.  It allows you to change the pitch of all the strings, which makes playing in different keys much easier.  The capo allows you to be more flexible as a player.  I demonstrate how to use them in the member’s area of  Shubb capos are a great, inexpensive option.  I love how easy they are to use.

4.) A Strap.  Sooner or later, you’re going to need a strap.  I have found that the wider the strap, the more comfortable it is.  The thinner straps will tend to irritate your shoulder.  Soft leather straps are my favorite.

Isaac Rochester

Isaac is the instructor for guitar at

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