How to Buy a Guitar in Toronto

With the busy streets and shops in the city of Toronto, even buying a guitar could take too much of your time. Hence, it is best to make plans and know what to do before heading out the music store, especially when you’re a newbie.

Acoustic or Electric, Price and Quality

First and foremost, know what kind of guitar you need. To start off, it is best to stick with acoustic guitars if you’re still a newbie. However, check out the item before purchasing. As for acoustic guitars, it is imperative to test the guitar’s wood, as good wood comes good quality sound.

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On the other hand, purchase electric guitars when you’ve already mastered more than the basics or perhaps even when you’re already a pro. This is because with electric guitars, you will be able to use gadgets hence allowing you to create more sounds than that of using an acoustic guitar. When buying electric guitars, it is important to get to know the suggested brands in the market first. You can do this by asking the attendants or doing the research by yourself online.

Where to Buy

When you’re ready to buy your selected type and brand of guitar, the dilemma now is where to buy it. You have two choices. You can either visit your favorite local music stores or do it online. As Toronto is a big city, and if you’re a newbie, you can also start by checking out the available stores in the entire city online so you’ll know which one’s recommended and which one’s near you.

 

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Top 10 Tips for A Newbie Guitarist

1.    Hire a Music Instructor

First and foremost, make sure you get your own music instructor, or better yet enroll yourself to a renowned music school where you can have short and affordable guitar lessons. Learn guitar music theory before anything else as well, to understand you’re doing in general.

  1. Purchase your Own Guitar

You should not only purchase your own guitar but you need to get the right guitar that best suits you. As a first timer, buy an acoustic guitar.

  1. Get a Chromatic Tuner

As it is still impossible for beginners to tune their guitars on your own, it is recommended to have an electronic chromatic tuner as they do the job in no time.

  1. Get the Right Strings

When you’re already on an electric guitar, make sure you get the right strings for it. Remember that strings come in different thickness and gauges.

  1. Practice, Practice, Practice!

Don’t get tired of practicing the same song, even if you’re beginning to get worn out on the same song every single day.

  1. Watch Online Tutorials

One of the perks of living in an internet era is the convenience that we can get from it. It’s so easy to upload and download video clips nowadays, so, online and watch your favorite online video tutor, for free!

  1. Download Different Scales, Practice Them

Download some scales that get progressively harder. Scales are designed to improve finger dexterity.

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  1. Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

Don’t stick to one guitar style. Try all kinds of guitar playing style first before concluding on what you want to master. (Rhythm, lead, fingerpicking).

  1. Be Adventurous

Don’t stick to one genre only. Try different kinds of genre to know which ones really suit you most.

10.  Try Playing the Piano

Last but not the least, you can also try learning to play the piano. Pianos and guitars are closely related. As you progress on your piano skills, your guitar skills will surely improve as well. This happens especially when you’re trying to learn to read notes.

 

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How a Locksmith Saved My Day and Guitar

As a guitar player my day pretty much revolves around my music room. That’s where I keep my guitar, notes and stuff that I’ve recorded. There’s not a day where I don’t go there to work on my music, so imagine my frustration when I locked myself out!

The past couple of weeks had been really busy ones, as I was working on a new song and had a couple of gigs around Toronto lined up. I was so focused on my work that when I left my home recording studio I didn’t realize that I had left my key inside. Well later that day I went back, needing my guitar to do a few rehearsals.

When I tried to open the door, it was locked. I searched my pockets for the keys, and that’s when I remembered that I left it inside the room. I yelled out in frustration and started pulling the door knob and pounding it, to no avail.

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The next couple of days were very frustrating. I left my guitar in the room as well as my other stuff, and I really needed them. I called some of my friends, and they tried the door but it wouldn’t budge.

Locksmith to the Rescue

Left with no choice, I finally called the services of a Greater Toronto locksmith. It didn’t take me long to find one on the web, and after explaining the situation, the service sent a guy over. I thought it would take days before the door could be opened, but the locksmith from Greater Toronto Locksmiths got the door open in no time at all!

After thanking him profusely, I got in, took my guitar, notes and key. And yeah, I got the locksmith to make me a duplicate key so I don’t get locked out again. Bottom line: if you get locked, out, get a locksmith.

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