He wears a red suit, he has white hair, he has a long beard and some think he may be an X-Men.
Leaving comic books aside, congratulations! Looks like Santa came down the chimney and left a new guitar. Now what?
Experienced players naturally know what to do. They pick that instrument up and familiarize themselves with the strings, the body and the features of the guitar.
But if this is your first guitar, DO NOT WORRY. Soul Search Records is bringing you a few quick tips to get your journey as a musician started.
1. The Straps, the Picks, the Strings
Having the right pick is important because feel, tone and playing style are everything--but first, you’ll need to learn how to hold a pick. Follow this link for some help.
Strings have the tendency to break. At Soul Search Records, we recommend having an extra set of strings lying around. We have teamed up with Richie’s Music Center in Denville to offer you a discounted price on products. At Richie’s they offer many different brands and gauges that are excellent for long term use.
However, you are likely to find good quality strings in the Walmart located in Boonton or in Morris Plains. Lighter gauge strings will be easier on the fingers if you’re a new player, and you should test out a variety of pick sizes before settling on what feels comfortable. Feel free to call our office and ask any of our instructors for further help.
You'll also likely need to pick up a strap. Choosing the right strap can be the difference between a relaxed night of playing and sore shoulders. We also would hate it if your brand-new toy were to fly away like an un-strapped Wii-Controller
2. Add an Amp
If the guy in red left you an electric guitar or bass, you’ll need an amplifier. For an electric guitar or bass this helps bring out the sound of the instrument. For an acoustic guitar all you need is your fingers!
3.Clean Your Instrument
A little maintenance will make your instruments last longer. Many new musicians don’t consider that sweat, dirt and other nasties can age your toys faster. For directions on how to clean your guitar you can follow this link.
Have you ever seen someone spend seconds, minutes or hours tuning up their instruments?
Knowing how your instrument must sound is critical. However, as you train your ear we recommend cellular applications such as: Guitar Tuna (iPhone) or BOSS Tuner (Android). If you have issues you are more than welcome to schedule a quick visit to have one of our teachers help you with the tune up!
5.Strings once again
The top string is the thickest in size and lowest in pitch, the string below it is thinner and higher than the top one and so on. The thickness of the strings reduces as you go from top to bottom, and this increases its pitch. It should be noted that the lowest string is the thinnest and the highest pitched one.
The thickest and thinnest strings (A.K.A first and sixth) strings are E. They play the same key, but their pitch varies. The second string is A, the third is D, the fourth is G and the fifth, B.
Confusing? I thought so. We never said it would be easy. However, there is a very easy way to remember this order. Simply remember: Eat A Donut, Get Better Every-day. (The Dunkin’ Donuts near Mountain Lakes would be proud of that).
With basics in your power, it’s up to you to start playing your way to rock star. Luckily, it’s not hard to find resources online or at your local music retailer that will teach you the fundamentals like how to strum and play basic chords.
Additionally, Soul Search Records offers guitar lessons at one of the best prices valued in Morris County. We are currently offering a new student bundle of classes for 2 months for $222. At Soul Search Records, we are always happy to see another musician join a community filled with exciting opportunities of personal and communitarian growth. We hope you’re just as eager as us to begin your musical journey, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.
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