There’s nothing quite like picking up an instrument and being able to play a tune for your own, and other people’s, enjoyment. The guitar has long been the favored choice for both professional and amateur musicians, due to its wide scope for different music genres and ease of transport and use. There are definitely certain skills that will help your melodies reach the right notes, and some people are born with a natural gift for strumming a plucking at those strings. However, guitars are an instrument for all, and with time and practice, there’s no reason you can’t be the star of the show at your next beach bonfire or local rock gig. Picking up and learning the guitar is also a great way to relax and clear your mind after a stressful day, making it a hobby that can bring joyful aspects into many areas of your life.
Fortunately, there are plenty of gadgets out there that can help you towards becoming the next Slash, Eric Clapton, or Jimmy Hendrix (well, almost). It’s about finding what works for you and your instrument and then practising to your heart’s content. The following are some ideas and inspiration for those who want to improve their guitar skills and are looking into items that will assist them on their musical journey.
In a digital age, it’s no surprise that there are a plethora of apps and tech that are designed to help you with playing your guitar. You can have an array of help and assistance in the palm of your hand, so you don’t even need to head into town to visit a guitar store anymore. There are some good tips from Bold Music on learning to use tools like a metronome, and, fortunately for you; you’ll be able to download one in a matter of seconds. There are also scale trainers and practice buddy-style apps for your device that are other ways to hone your skills. You can look into more complex guitar practice apps as your skills develop, and you’ll find a wealth of information and help online with a guitar music-loving community.
Aside from the many digital options you’ll have; there are obviously a few essentials that are worth popping into your guitar case, which will help you on the road to melodic success. Whether you enjoy playing without a pick or not; it’s worth having a few for those days you’re fingers are feeling tender. They are also a fun way to add more personality to your playing, and you can pick up an array of designs, like those found on Pinterest. A slider is another accessory that should follow you around; it with ensure that your strings make the best sound, and it’s a great way to practice some different techniques on your instrument.
The best gadget you can use to practice guitar is yourself! Keep picking it up and playing, learn the ropes (or strings) at your own pace, and make the most of all the fun you’re having.