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Follow the link below. Also Available to stream and download from Amazon Music, Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify, Napster Rhapsody and Google Play "She's the One you Can't forget"  Hope you like it!




Ok! You've purchased your first acoustic or electric guitar (or found one in the back of a cupboard underneath your board games, or been granted one........ by magic!). Now you're thinking maybe it's time I gave this instrument it's chance and made a pactical start on learning 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 sensible noise with this thing. Get some pleasure in playing it and see if I can pick up some technique perhaps? Can't I just do that?


Well..of course you can! It's very possible to be self taught and there are a number of online resources that can provide you with that early shaping that "would be" guitarists need to quickly open up their guitar potential. However....let me say this....


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



Now, the guitar (electric or acoustic) is an instrument that there are just an awful lot of  possible accessories for. I mean you name it. As a start useful accessories would 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.


You can get a little 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 possibly some effects. Most acoustic guitars produced these days can be connected to an amplifier too. You'll need a bit of advice if you are uninitiated. My view?.....Seek advice  from a couple of guitar shops/stockists.. consider what you've heard and only then purchase. Or better to your guitar instructor. 


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.. "When I think about us you were wrong" "Waiting for IVY" "The last Light" "She's the One you Can't Forget"

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.


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 am 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.