Getting Started / FAQs
If you are new to guitar this year, I hope you're excited to begin! I hope that playing the guitar becomes a source of life-long enjoyment and learning for you. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about guitar classes this year:
Do I need a guitar to practice with at home?
Yes! All 7th and 8th grade guitar students MUST practice at home between classes. The amount of time we play in class isn't sufficient to attain mastery of the guitar. Home practice is required (30 min a day). Nylon string home guitars will be used for concerts as well. Don't forget to put your name on all of your equipment!
What kind of guitar should I have at home?
Guitars come in so many different shapes and sizes and it can be confusing to know what to get. You will need a NYLON STRING CLASSICAL GUITAR for home practice. I recommend Cordoba or Yamaha brand classical guitars. We use Yamaha CG-101 guitars at school.
Do I need to bring my guitar to school?
No. Loudoun County Public Schools provides a class set of guitars that you will use during class. Unless there is a special occasion like an after-school rehearsal or a concert, home guitars should not come in to school. There will not be storage available for home guitars.
Can I use my electric guitar for home practice?
No. The techniques used to play electric and classical guitars are quite different. The body shape, neck width, string type, and many other factors make electric guitars unsuitable for most of the techniques we will study in class. If you already have a steel string acoustic guitar, you can use that for home practice. However, the "feel" of a steel string guitar is quite different from the guitars we use in school. Steel string guitars cannot be used during concerts.
Are there any other materials I should get for home practice?
Having the necessary tools on hand will help to ensure enjoyment and success with the guitar. These items are available at local music stores and online:
- Music Stand
- Clip-on tuner
- Guitar support or footstool
Is there a method book I need to purchase?
- 7th Grade guitarists need: Hal Leonard Guitar Method, Book 1.
- All materials must be brought to EVERY class
*Contact your local music store or purchase online.