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You Should Bring To Every Guitar Lesson

  • A4 ring binder to put your music in

  • HMS Pupil Record book and a pencil

  • Electric Guitar, with 6 steel strings - .009s or .010s, plain 3rd string

OR

  • Acoustic guitar with 6 steel strings - .010s or .011s, plain 3rd string

  • Guitar Tutor Book

  • Plectrum - thickish for preference

  • Elastic Capo - check in the shop that it fits your guitar neck

  • Spare set of strings - sometimes they break

  • Guitar lead

  • Total Guitar magazine - get the current issue when you start lessons

Useful Optional Extras

  • Distortion pedal (if not in your amp) - essential for rock - Boss, Zoom, Ibanez etc

  • Cassette recorder+mic - make your own recordings/backings - v. useful learning tool

  • Drum box or electronic metronome – to play along with. Built in to home keyboards

  • With an amp, use a PowerBreaker. If anything goes wrong, it stops you getting a shock

  • Playing in a band? - wear earplugs, or you'll damage your hearing

  • Electronic tuner - it takes practice to tune without one. Multieffects have one built in / tuition CDs give tuning notes. Korg and Seiko are good

You Will Be Expected To:

  • Practice for at least 20-30 mins per day, every day, and put it in your record book

  • Keep music sheets in your ring binder and bring them to every lesson

  • Make sure you understand the timetable - lessons times vary each week

  • Arrange absences from other classes, return promptly, and make up any work missed

  • If you miss any lessons, find out that week's practice and do it

  • If you want to get good, get Total Guitar every month - includes a CD and lessons on all your favourite guitar tracks - with backings, interviews, technique etc. All the music I am asked for is printed in Total Guitar - often the next issue

THE AMOUNT YOU LEARN DEPENDS ON THE PRACTICE YOU DO ON YOUR OWN
IT IS NOT ENOUGH JUST TO COME TO THE LESSONS