5 Most Important Guitar Accessories You Should Have

If you are a new guitarist you probably have just your guitar by now and an amp if you are playing an electric guitar. However, you will see very soon that you will need a wide set of accessories to keep your playing at the highest level. But as you will soon see the number of accessories you can buy is simply endless, and to be honest you really do not require each of them, yet. Soon you will but today I will give you a foundation of what you should have to get started, and of course you can build upon that after a while. Without further ado, let’s get on with it.

The Most Important Accessories You Should Have

Case

The first and the most important guitar accessory you should buy or get is a guitar case or a gig bag. This is extremely crucial for a variety of reasons the most important of them being, is because a gig bag allows you to transport your guitar, well to gigs, and also other places. On top of that, I would recommend you store your guitar in a gig bag when not in use to keep your guitar well-protected at all times.

Strings

Next up you should be ready to invest in some spare guitar strings because as you know a guitar has strings and those are pretty fragile, to be honest, so they will break from time to time. So it is important to keep a set of spare strings so your playing is not cut in half. I would recommend you keep at least the exact same kind of strings that are present on the guitar so you won’t have to change the sound, but you can also keep different kinds if you want to swap in between.

Tuner

Tuners are extremely important for a guitarist, regardless of experienced or newcomer, you will need to tune your guitar. Even if your guitar has excellent tuning machines and a bridge, it will get out of tune from time to time. A tuner will help you keep things in check and adjust when needed.

Capo

A capo is also very important to have in your arsenal as it will allow you to get into different tunings and play various songs. It is very fun to experiment with it and regardless if its a normal capo or an advanced one it is great to have.

Straps

You got everything to start playing, but most of the stage playing is done while standing, and you can’t really carry a guitar on your hands without sacrificing movement. For that reason, a strap is very important to keep the guitar on your neck at all times.

The RIAA And ISPs

The RIAA has recently reported that it will no longer pursue litigation against those will illegal share or obtain music on the internet. Instead this will be left in the heads of Internet Service Providers (ISPs).

This is a drastic change in policy and procedure over the past five years. Now if RIAA notices illegal file sharing, a warning e-mail to the ISP of the person who is involved would be sent. This email would then be forwarded to the specific individual in violation. The person would be expected to stop and if not an additional email and eventual termination of internet service would occur.

I see some major downfalls with this procedure that I have not seen too many others discussing. However, many may not see them as downfalls but as opportunity.

Nowadays, it is possible to use internet from a variety of different ways for free. You can often stop in a restaurant, coffee shop, or cafĂ© and use free internet. Therefore, you could just continually do this and only download illegal music when you are using somebody else’s internet.

This could affect those who offer customers free internet. The ISPs may become annoyed and irritated and want to stop customers from using their internet for music sharing. This could cause these businesses to take stronger action against customers. This would not be a good situation for many customers and also hurt businesses.

Another problem with the RIAA working with ISPs is that this does not target those who provide services and websites where you can obtain free music. This is usually set up through some company who registers a domain name and some company who hosts that domain.

This is different than an ISP. Those who host such websites where you can download music is not the same as an ISP. It is not clear how the RIAA will target these individuals.

Many have considered the RIAA to have taken ridiculous steps against those who have shared music online. For example, a dead person was victim to such a lawsuit and so was a 13 year old girl. These lawsuits certainly have no ground. In addition, many artists have not seen any money payed from such lawsuits.

The other issue is that it is estimated that 20% of people share music online. I do not see how it is possible for the ISPs to be able to eliminate such a large percentage of their customer base. This is simple as more customers equals more money.

The RIAA tries to argue that ISPs now have aligned incentives with the music industry but I do not see how this holds any ground.