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Gift List for Young Guitarists and Beginners

by Justin Reamer
 
Looking to turn your son or daughter on to guitar this Christmas? Here are the perfect gifts to get them started… (or if you prefer, to get started yourself!)
 
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Musical Instruments

 
Darling Divas Electric Guitar Starter Pack Darling Divas Electric Guitar Starter Pack - $209.99
Similar to the Daisy Rock series, the Darling Divas Electric Guitar Starter Pack comes with a fashionable guitar and color coordinated accessories so that you can look as good as you sound. Includes: 10W Guitar Amp (color coordinated with guitar!), Guitar Gig Bag (color coordinated with guitar!), Guitar Strap (color coordinated with guitar!), Electronic Guitar Tuner, Instructional CD-ROM, guitar picks, string winder, and guitar cable. Comes in a variety of colors. Full-size guitar for ages 11 and up.
 
Lauren 30" Student Acoustic Guitar Package Lauren 30" Student Acoustic Guitar Package - $64.99
These half size guitars are perfect for even the youngest students. At such an affordable price, these Lauren Student models are great learning guitars. This package comes with guitar bag, pitch pipe, picks, steel strings and strap button. 1/2-size guitar for ages 4-7.
 
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  • Black - $64.99
  • Metallic Silver - $64.99
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    Guitar Amplifiers

     
    RMS 12-watt Guitar Practice Amplifier RMS 12-watt Guitar Practice Amplifier - $79.99
    This RMS 12-watt Practice amp is small and light enough to drag around anywhere. Controls include: Drive, Input, Gain, Tone and Volume. Comes with headphone jack.
     
     

    Guitar Accessories

     
    Guitar Chords Diagram Poster Guitar Chords Diagram Poster - $7.95
    Do you keep on forgetting the chords that you learned in your last lesson? This 2'x3' poster is a great gift for a young guitarist. Features diagrams of 120 chords, from the standard majors and minors to jazz chords such as major sevenths and minor ninths.
     
    Qwik Time QT-5 Credit Card Metronome Qwik Time QT-5 Credit Card Metronome - $13.95
    This affordable metronome is small enough to fit in your pocket. Keep perfect time no matter where you are!
     
    Shubb Deluxe X Series Capo Shubb Deluxe X Series Capo - $28.99
    Play any song in the key that suits your voice with this Shubb capo. This stainless-steel capo is durable enough to withstand even the most accident prone young guitarist.
     
    Planet Waves Classic Leather Guitar Strap - Black Planet Waves Classic Leather Guitar Strap - Black - $19.99
    With a length 4" longer than most, this adjustable strap is great for all guitarists!
     
    Fender 351-style Picks (Box of 144 Picks) Fender 351-style Picks (Box of 144 Picks) - $30.99
    Tired of losing picks? With this bag of 144 you'll never be searching the sofa cushions for a pick again.
     
    Item Options
  • Extra Heavy - $30.99
  • Medium - $30.99
  • Thin - $30.99
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    D'Addario Acoustic Guitar Strings D'Addario Acoustic Guitar Strings - $24.99
    D'Addario is one of the most trusted string makers in the business. Many acoustic guitarists choose a heavier gauge of string, as they usually last longer and have a stronger sound, but try out all gauges to find out what works best for your style. D'Addario Phosphor Bronze strings are durable, long-lasting, bright sounding, and retain their brilliance longer than other bronze and brass alloys. Comes in packs of 3.
     
    D'Addario XL Electric Guitar Strings D'Addario XL Electric Guitar Strings - $20.99 - $44.99
    Light strings are oftentimes the choice of electric guitarists, as they allow you to bend and wail like the guitar heroes you hear on the radio. Try out the Nickel Round Wound or Chrome Flat Wound in various gauges, from Extra Super Light to Medium. Comes in packs of 3.
     
    Item Options
  • Extra Super Light, Nickel Round Wound - $20.99
  • Jazz Light, Chrome Flat Wound - $44.99
  • Medium, Chrome Flat Wound - $44.99
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    Stageline Guitar Stand Stageline Guitar Stand - $18.99
    So after strumming on his new guitar for a while, your son lays it on the floor next to the sofa. Two minutes later, he and his brother begin their daily wrestling match, and the only thing to break the fall from that body slam is a brand-new guitar. Avoid damage to your instrument by placing it out of the way on this stand from Stageline.
     
    Kaces Grafix Express Guitar Gig Bag - Electric Guitar Kaces Grafix Express Guitar Gig Bag - Electric Guitar - $30.99
    Carry your electric guitar around in style with these hot gig bags from Kaces. Comes in Hot Rod, Skull Meteorite, Radiance, Scimitar and other designs.
     
    Rockson 20' Guitar Cable Rockson 20' Guitar Cable - $11.99
    This 20' guitar cable allows you a large amount of mobility while playing your electric.
     
    RMS 10' Shielded Guitar Cable RMS 10' Shielded Guitar Cable - $11.99
    At 10', this RMS Shielded Cable gives you both mobility and durability.
     
     

    Guitar Instructional Materials

     
    Hal Leonard Beginner Guitar Method Beginner's Pack Hal Leonard Beginner Guitar Method Beginner's Pack - $24.99
    Now learning the guitar is even easier, thanks to this great new method pack, with book, CD and DVD! Designed for anyone just learning to play electric or acoustic guitar, it covers: tuning up, parts of the guitar, reading both standard notation and tablature, playing chords, strumming and picking, improvising basic rock solos and lots more, with helpful on-screen music, guitar diagrams, and hand-position close-ups. Tons of great songs and riffs!
     
    Beginning Rock Guitar for Kids Beginning Rock Guitar for Kids - $14.95
    This fun, easy rock guitar method was designed specifically for kids, featuring cool riffs and licks in the style of some of today's hottest rock stars. It covers the fundamentals needed to get started - how to hold the guitar, basic left- and right-hand technique, tuning the guitar, music notation - and gets you jamming on simple rhythm and lead patterns.
     
    Kid's Guitar Course Complete Book & 2 CDs Kid's Guitar Course Complete Book & 2 CDs - $24.95
    This fun, easy rock guitar method was designed specifically for kids, featuring cool riffs and licks in the style of some of today's hottest rock stars. It covers the fundamentals needed to get started - how to hold the guitar, basic left- and right-hand technique, tuning the guitar, music notation - and gets you jamming on simple rhythm and lead patterns.
     
    12-Bar Blues 12-Bar Blues - $18.99
    The blues is the basis for an incredible body of jazz, rock 'n' roll, and other forms of popular music. This book/CD pack is devoted to providing guitarists with all the technical tools necessary for playing 12-bar blue, the basic underlying concept of blues music. The CD covers boogie, shuffle, swing, riff, and jazzy blues progressions, soloing, intros, turnarounds, accompanying keyboards and more. In standard notation and tablature.
     
    Fretboard Roadmaps Fretboard Roadmaps - $9.99
    This book will show you how to play lead and rhythm anywhere on the fretboard, in any key; play a variety of lead guitar styles; play chords and progressions anywhere on the fretboard; expand your chord vocabulary; and learn to think musically the way the pros do.
     
    Girls Guitar Method 1 Book & Enhanced CD Girls Guitar Method 1 Book & Enhanced CD - $14.99
    Finally - the first complete guitar method written especially for girls! This is instruction that promises a sure start down a lifelong path of musical enjoyment, approached from a girl's perspective, with a style and design addressing interests of today's young women. An enhanced CD is included, with a dictionary of 96 chords and a guitar tuner. Students can see the music, adjust the tempo of songs, and even record themselves playing with a band!
     
    Kid's Guitar DVD Kid's Guitar DVD - $24.95
    This Parent's Choice Award winning DVD is a lively, fun-filled way for a child to learn to sing and play the guitar! The easy lessons on these DVDs can be used at home or in the classroom, either by a child alone or with the aid of a parent or teacher. The emphasis is on singing and accompanying favorite children's folk songs, learning basic chords and rhythmic strumming, how to play in several keys, and nearly 20 all-time favorite kids' songs. These lessons do more than simply teach guitar; they help the child develop a musical ear, good hand coordination, solid work habits and a love of music.
     
    Learn to Play the Songs of Bob Dylan Learn to Play the Songs of Bob Dylan - $24.95
    Learn the guitar styles and techniques of the legendary Bob Dylan! Each guitar part is played up to speed and then broken down note by note. Nate LaPointe provides in-depth analysis of 8 songs: Buckets of Rain, Corrina, Corrina, Don't Think Twice, It's All Right, Girl from the North Country, I Shall Be Released, Just like a Woman, Like a Rolling Stone, The Times They Are A-Changin'.
     
    50 Licks Blues Style 50 Licks Blues Style - $14.95
    Unlock the secrets of blues guitar! Ace session guitarist Mat Gurman teaches budding bluesmasters 50 terrific licks. He also shows players the classic techniques used in blues guitar, such as bends, pull-offs, hammer-ons, slides, slurs, vibrato, muted string raking and more! Each lick is played in context, then demonstrated slowly with full explanations of every technique used. Includes an instructional booklet.
     

    Justin Reamer loves to play guitar and write about music, as both activities afford him the ability to wake up at noon, play with his cat for an hour, and then (and only then) get to work.
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