Buying a Guitar (Acoustic or Electric)

When purchasing a guitar one of the most important things to look at is the "action" i.e., the distance the strings are from the fretboard. This can make a huge difference when learning to play chords and hold down strings.

Generally, the cheaper the guitar, the worse the "action" may be - but its not always the case. Make sure and try out a lot of guitars before you buy.

Don't spend a lot of money unless you are sure you will keep practicing and playing for a considerable a period of time.


Plectrums - Choosing a Plectrum

Plectrums come in all shapes and sizes - some really thin others very thick and stiff. They are usually measured in millimeters of thickness.

As a general rule, the thinner the plectrum the easy it will "brush" across the strings (as mentioned earlier). Thicker plectrums are especially good for playing "Lead Guitar" licks and runs but tend to "catch" the strings when used for strumming.

A few good makes of plectrum are: Jim Dunlop, and Sharkfin - both are made from a durable nylon and don't break easily.

When choosing a plectrum try and check its "durability" as through experience, I have found a lot of the poorer quality plectrums break very easily.


Holding The Guitar
Sitting - When sitting make sure your feet are flat on the ground. You are comfortable, and the guitar is resting flat on your leg. (Click the image to hear some advice on sitting with the guitar)

Holding the Guitar

When holding the guitar, make sure you are comfortable - whether you are sitting or standing, the guitar should "feel right".