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Listen to my release The Last Light.  

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Check out "She's the One you Can't forget"  Hope you like it! https://youtu.be/XY7fDy9plzE

ALSO- WAITING FOR IVY; LOOK DON'T TOUCH; OCEANS CARRY ME; HIGH WATER; WHEN I THINK ABOUT US YOU WERE WRONG.

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HELP ON LEARNING TO PLAY GUITAR

PLAY GUITAR

LEARN TO PLAY Guitar

Ok! You've purchased your first acoustic or electric guitar (or found one in the back of a cupboard, or been granted one... by magic!).  You're thinking maybe it's time I gave this instrument a chance and learned to PLAY!. But! I don't want to dive into music theory or be taking exams (although you might). I just want to make some great sounds on this thing. Get pleasure in playing it. See if I can pick up some technique? Can I just do that?

 

You bet! You can find lots off online resources that can provide you with the early shaping that "would be" guitarists need to quickly open up their guitar potential. However....let me say this....

Many years ago I found my own way in the guitar world. What I know now is that with a decent instructor or experienced guitarist to  be guided by - you'll do much better and much more quickly than if you go it alone. Find a teacher or music mentor - particularly if you  want your child to learn. Seriously ...just do it.

USEFUL ACCESSORIES

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Check out 'OCEANS CARRY ME' the VIDEO on the VIDEO/MUSIC PAGE (from the link at the top of this page).  Other songs available on major platforms search for Peter Shields and the song title.

Guitar (electric or acoustic) is an instrument that there are just an awful lot of possible accessories for. I mean, you name it. Useful initial accessories include a music stand, a guitar capo, plectrums, strap, something to carry it around in and a spare set of strings. Guitars can come with built in tuners to allow you to easily get your instrument in tune but it's often good to have a separate tuner handy. You can get a clip on tuner for a few pounds these days and they are a great accessory.

 

There are many types and importantly different 'thicknesses" or weight of strings. Guitarists love to talk about light, medium, heavy, extra light, flat wound strings, nylon for classical guitars and so on.

 

Get advice from your local guitar shop. Younger players can benefit from lighter (thinner) strings. Some people will tell you that the heavier the strings the truer the sound and the better all that finger punishment will be for the student! I don't subscribe to that view. But that's just me.

 

Depending on your aims and instrument - you may want or need  an amplifier and maybe effects. Most acoustic guitars produced these days can be connected to an amplifier too. You'll need a bit of advice if you are totally new. Seek advice from a couple of guitar shops/ stockists. Consider what you've heard and only then purchase a guitar you have actually HELD. Or better still...talk to your guitar instructor. 

I often use a small clip on TUNER. There are a number of inexpensive makes widely available. 

You'll find a CAPO useful for changing key. 

A guitar strap. Straps can be padded and the wider it is the less it will bear into your shoulder. But some are expensive - so pick what you need.

Plectrums - you'll want a handful of these. They come in varying thicknesses and shapes. I recommend you avoid those that are very thin and flex too easily. I use 0.71mm most often.

LESSONS in the WASHINGTON area (UK).

If you want to learn how to play why not drop me a line. My email address and contact details are on the contact page. I've been an associate member of the National Registry of Guitar Teachers. You can view my details and all the necessary formal items on request. If you've never played a note before - that's great. I'll soon have you playing.

Above all don't let that guitar gather dust! Bring it to life - let it play. You'll reward yourself and those around you immensely. 

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