Guitar: Students must have an appropriate instrument for the style and skill level of their study. Your instructor can help you to choose an instrument that will work for you. All students must have an acoustic guitar which is not too large for them. Nylon-stringed instruments are preferred but steel-string guitars may be used.
Text: Beginning students will use different texts depending on age, ability and interest. Most texts are available from your instructor, but you may purchase them on your own if you prefer. Texts for more advanced students will be selected on an individual basis.
Folder/Binder: Each student will need a lesson folder for keeping track of lesson assignments and additional sheet music. Folders should be the 3-prong-type made of paper/cardboard with pockets. Plastic folders do not work well.
Chair/Bench: An appropriately-sized, sturdy chair or bench is necessary for good playing posture. (To test this, student should sit on the chair with feet flat. The thighs should be parallel to the floor). Adjustable piano benches work well for this.
Music Stand: A simple, portable music stand is sufficient to hold the book and other music. If you prefer you can also get a sturdier model. These can be purchased at any musical instrument store.
Guitar Support or Footstool: For the best technique, the neck of the guitar should be raised at a good angle. A guitar support or small footstool can be used in order to raise the instrument to the appropriate height. A guitar support attaches to the instrument via suction cups and allows you to keep your feet flat on the ground. The ErgoPlay guitar support is my recommendation. Either item can be purchased at StringsbyMail.com or another musical instrument store.
Optional Items: Students may also wish to have a tuner, a gig bag/guitar case, guitar stand, and guitar wall-hanger. It’s also a good idea to have an extra pack of strings handy.
The instructor will give full details of the requirements for each student at the first lesson.