Getting Started: Beginning Guitar Lessons

Which guitar should I buy?

Choosing a guitar should be fun!

When choosing your first guitar, it can be tempting to buy the cheapest instrument you can find. While it’s important to work within a budget, I’d encourage you to invest in a quality instrument that will stay in tune.

For Children: I recommend getting a guitar with nylon strings and a “baby”, “mini” or 3/4 size body. Nylon strings are easier on little hands. Playing steel strings can hurt if you don’t have calluses developed on your fingers! It’s important to get a quality instrument that will stay in tune. When selecting a guitar for your child, ask for recommendations at the music store or Guitar Center and let your child hold the instrument to make sure it’s not too big.

For Older Kids/Teens: When my sister was first learning to play as a teenager, we got her a Little Martin guitar, which is a great small size. It’s also easy to pack around when traveling.

For Adults: Go to a guitar store and play several guitars to find one that fits within your budget that you love!

If you love the vibe of your instrument, it will be way more fun to practice with!

My Guitars

I love playing my Koa top Taylor GS Mini for live shows because of its portable, smaller size and bright sound.

My favorite guitar to write with and play on studio recordings is my Martin X Series Custom X1-000E. Martin makes my favorite guitars- beautiful instruments with great resonance and tone!

What accessories do I need?

  • A guitar tuner. I use this Snark clip on tuner.
  • A quality capo. Or two. Or three because let’s be real- you’re probably going to lose it at some point. I use this one, but I’ve heard this one is great too. You might have to test out a couple to find one that works best for you!
  • Guitar picks. This pack has a variety of picks with varying thickness. These are my personal favorite picks.
  • Pick holder. I have this one that sticks to the top of your guitar so you can grab picks easily while playing!
  • Extra guitar strings. Breaking strings happens more often than you think! I always keep a couple packs of Martin 80/20 Bronze light strings in my guitar case.
  • Guitar case. Most guitars come with a soft top case when you purchase them, which is great for every day use. If you plan on taking your instrument on the road or on an airplane, I recommend investing in a quality hard case that will protect your instrument from changes in elevation and weather.
  • Guitar string winder and cutter. My uncle gave me one of these when I first started playing and let me tell you – it is a life saver! Trying to pry the pegs out to remove and replace your guitar strings with tweezers is no fun at all! Trust me. I know from experience. Makes fixing broken strings quick and painless.
  • A guitar strap. If you’re planning on standing up when you play live, you’ll need a strap to hold your instrument in place. A fun guitar strap lets you add some of your own personal style to your instrument! Most music stores sell them, and Amazon has a pretty good selection as well.
  • A notebook or binder with lined paper. We’ll be keeping track of the chords and songs you’re learning as well as your practice assignments for the week in your notebook!
  • Guitar Book. Because each student’s level of experience and personal goals vary, I will recommend a book that I feel will work best for you after our first lesson and evaluation.