31 Jul My top 8 guitar accessories
How to improve your practice time
You’ve been learning for just under a year and you’re wondering how can I improve my practice time?
What accessories can I buy to help encourage myself or my child? Over time, you’ll want to make a dedicated practice area.
I’ve listed my top 8 items that you could start with and even buy more of the same over time.
I’ve had a few stools over my life time and the best aren’t actually guitar stalls at all – they’re just not that comfortable.
The stool that myself and my students sit on when practicing is a Roland piano stool. It’s prices is £135 but it’s comfortable and you’ll be thinking more about your guitar and less about your bottom.
It looks fancy too because it’s made out of quality material and it’s excellent value for money for the price. It will last for years.
Ambivalent at the time of purchase, I’m glad one of my students unintentionally broke the old one. (you’re forgiven).
When we own accessories that look and function easily, we’re more likely to use it. My favourite is google’s metronome.
Here are some examples of good quality metronomes that aren’t based online:
Guitar Wall hanger
Guitar wall hangers are a great way to keep a guitar safe and to encourage practice. By seeing the instrument on a daily basis you’ll be reminded what it is you love about the guitar and also what you might find annoying, which encourages practice.
These wall hangers are great but they’re not made for classical guitars becuase their necks are too wide. Even if they fit, these hangers will damage the wood. They are made for electric or acoustic guitars though.
Decent guitar straps say that you care about your guitar and your back. Cheap guitar straps will itch and feel uncomfortable bacause they’re less likely to hold it’s shape.
The next thing to consider, is will it match your guitar’s colour etc? And yes, guitarists can be fussy about this sort of thing..
Orchestral music stand x 2
As with any product you can get cheap versions and the more expensive. Cheaper music stands are flimsy. And won’t be able to hold a larger book.
Overtime, there might be an argument for two stands. Sometimes sheet music is printed and spreads therefore, extra accommodation might be appreciated. If this isn’t yet the case, it’s useful to have a second stand to store books.
Guitar string accessories
When changing a set of guitar strings the process isn’t just about swapping the strings over. It’s also about the maintenance of the fretboard. Some basic string cutting and peg winding tools are needed too.
Always try and buy the item which is specific for the job, it will be better quality.
Books / Dedicated guitar book shelf
You can download sheet music from Sheet Music Direct. It’s not free, but you can pay for a pass subscription which allows you to see the music before a 50% discounted rate. As for actual music books, Music Room is also reliable.
It will become clear when a book shelf is needed.