Below is a full list of all materials students will need for their guitar studies, along with price ranges and brands for those materials. The teacher will tell you which materials from the list the student will need. 

Children's Guitars

1/2 size classical guitars: This is the guitar type used for students interested in learning classical music. Students pluck strings using their fingers on the right hand. (Ages 4-7) Price range of $50 to $100. Recommended brands: Lauren, Hohner, Oscar Schmidt.

 

3/4 size classical guitars: This is the guitar type used for students interested in learning classical music. Students pluck strings using their fingers on the right hand. (Ages 8-11) Price range of $75 to $120. Recommended brands: Hohner, Oscar Schmidt, Stagg.

 

1/2 size steel-string acoustic guitars: This is the guitar type used for students interested in learning modern acoustic guitar music of many types: Rock, blues, jazz, alternative, etc. The student uses a pick to pluck strings with their right hand. (Ages 4-7) Price range of $50 to $120. Recommended brands: Lauren, Oscar Schmidt, Johnson.

 

3/4 size steel-string acoustic guitars: This is the guitar type used for students interested in learning modern acoustic guitar music of many types: Rock, blues, jazz, alternative, etc. The student uses a pick to pluck strings with their right hand. (Ages 8-11) Price range of $90 to $140. Recommended brands: Hohner, Yamaha, Ibanez.

 

1/2 size electric guitars: This is the guitar type used for students wanting to learn electrified modern music of all types: Rock, blues, jazz, alternative, etc. The student uses a pick to pluck strings with their right hand. Additional equipment like amplifiers and cables are required, so starter packs that come with all essential equipment is recommended. (Ages 4-7) Price range of $80 to $120. Recommended brands: None. Look online and go by user reviews.

 

3/4 size electric guitars: This is the guitar type used for students wanting to learn electrified modern music of all types: Rock, blues, jazz, alternative, etc. The student uses a pick to pluck strings with their right hand. Additional equipment like amplifiers and cables are required, so starter packs that come with all essential equipment is recommended. (Ages 8-11) Price range of $100 to $150, Recommended brands: Squire, Dean, Stagg.

 

Adult/ Young Adult Guitars

Classical guitars: This is the guitar type used for students interested in learning classical and flamenco music. Students pluck strings using their fingers on the right hand.

Young Adult Classical Guitars: Price range of $100 to $200. Recommended brands: Yamaha, Fender, Washburn.

 

Adult Classical Guitars: Price range of $100 and up. Recommended brands: Yamaha, Alhambra, Cordoba.

 

Steel-string acoustic guitars: This is the guitar type used for students interested in learning modern acoustic guitar music of many types: Rock, blues, jazz, alternative, etc. The student uses a pick to pluck strings with their right hand.

Young Adult Steel-String Acoustic Guitars: Price range of $100 to $200. Recommended brands: Jasmine, Fender, Ibanez.  

 

Adult Steel-String Acoustic Guitars: Price range of $100 and up. Recommended brands: Fender, Yamaha, Martin.

 

Electric guitars: This is the guitar type used for students wanting to learn electrified modern music of all types: Rock, blues, jazz, alternative, etc. The student uses a pick to pluck strings with their right hand. Additional equipment like amplifiers and cables are required.

Young Adult Electric Guitars: Price range $100 to $200. Recommended brands: Epiphone, Squire, Jackson.

 

Adult Electric Guitars: Price range of $100 and up. Recommended brands: Fender, Epiphone, LTD.  

 

Books

Mastering The Guitar 1A: Method book for all new child students.

Mastering The Guitar 1B: Method book for more experienced child students.

The Christopher Parkening Guitar Method Vol. 1: Method book for new adult students interested in classical guitar studies.

The Christopher Parkening Guitar Method Vol. 2: Method book for experienced adult students interested in classical guitar studies.

Mastering The Guitar 1A: Method book for new adult students interested in learning music reading and theory along with guitar studies.

Tab Guitar Method: Method book for new adult students interested in music reading and theory basics with emphasis on guitar studies.

 

Accessories: Generic items. Go by user reviews.  

  Guitar Tuner: Used to tune the guitar to the correct pitches.

Metronome: Used to keep pace with tempo while practicing.

Picks: Used for plucking on guitar strings. Only for steel-string acoustic and electric guitar players.

Music stand: Used to keep music books at eye level while practicing.

Footstool: Used to elevate left foot for better playing posture. For classical guitarists only.

Neck Up guitar support: Alternative to footstool. More comfortable and portable.

Guitar amplifier: Used to amplify electric guitars. Prices based on brand and power (volume). Price range $100 and up. Recommended brands: Line 6, Marshall, Fender.

Guitar cable: Used to connect an electric guitar to an amplifier.

Guitar case/Bag: Used to transport the guitar safely. Some guitars may come with case. Ask salesperson to make sure you buy the correct case for your guitar type/size.