Arm yourself with science!
This is a wonderful tool for practising.
I use it almost every day, and I strongly recommend you buy it.
You can use it to practise scales, chords, strumming, soloing, improvising.
Check it out.
I have restocked with guitar strings. I have D’Addario electric strings at £5.50/set and Martin FX strings at £7/set. Both these string sets are the sets I use on my guitars and are beautiful strings.
To make your strings last longer, wash or at least wipe your hands before you play and carry a cloth with which to wipe the strings clean after you play.
You will find that caring for your strings in this way makes for a much sweeter guitar in terms of feel and sound.
This is the tuner metronome that you should buy.
I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to use a metronome when you are practising and this one is bulletproof.
It is a 2in1 product, so you don’t have to buy/carry two things and it is well made and won’t break.
I sound like a salesman, but I’m just trying to save you stress in the long term.
Please buy this if you don’t already have a metronome.
The cheapest place I’ve found is GAK.
GuitarPro is a super easy and useful tool for us guitarists. It is a simple way to transcribe solos, riffs and ideas, tailored for the guitar and without many of those unnecessary frills you get with score writing programmes such as Sibelius or Finale.
It costs about £50, which (trust me) is comparatively cheap – money well spent when you begin to use it to full effect. There is also an app (for Apple, Android and Blackberry) which is much cheaper. In the app, you can’t write out your own scores, but you can load any files that were written with the program, play along with the music, slow it down or speed it up, add a click track, transpose and select either TAB or standard score. With these functions it becomes a really effective practice tool.
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