Starting Equipment

Guitar Starting Equipment

  • Guitar. Children should start on a smaller guitar. The Yamaha JR1 is a good beginner guitar for kids. For adults, check out this article for possible starter guitars. They're all good. These are all acoustic guitars. You can just as easily start with an electric guitar, but you'll also need an amp and an instrument cable. If you want to start on an electric guitar, please check with me for advice.
  • Picks. Size and style doesn't matter. Over time, you'll find the picks that work best for you.
  • 3-ring binder for music and chord diagrams.
  • Music stand. Wire stands are inexpensive, but I don't like them because they tip over if you breathe on them. For beginners, I like this music stand. It only costs about $5 more than a typical wire stand, and it's much more stable.
  • Books. The cost of books will vary depending on the age and level of each student.
  • Guitar strap. I love Lock It straps.

Ukulele Starting Equipmment

  • Ukulele. Click here for a link to a good beginner ukulele that is available in several colors.
  • Picks. Guitar picks work just fine for ukulele.
  • 3-ring binder for music and chord diagrams.
  • Books. The cost of the books will vary depending on the age and level of each student.
  • Music stand. Wire stands are inexpensive, but I don't like them because they tip over if you breathe on them. For beginners, I like this music stand. It only costs about $5 more than a typical wire music stand, and it's much more stable. 

Piano Starting Equipment

  • Piano or piano keyboard.
  • Lesson books. Cost varies with age and level of the student. I'll provide the books, and you can reimburse me.