Do you know what separates the pros from the wannabes besides skill and experience level? It’s their accessories. Pros know that their music is as only as good as the musical instruments, equipment, and accessories they’re using to produce it. So if you want to get good at playing Bluegrass Music, you need to seriously start thinking about upping the quality of the stuff you’re using.
To help you get started, here’s a list of musical instrument accessories that have been proven to improve the quality of sound.
Okay, we’ve talked about strings before but I’ll say it again – and again and again until you understand the need to finally buy a better quality of strings than the stock set that your fiddle came with. I’m not saying that there’s anything bad with stock strings, but they could be better and made more suitable for the exact kind of music you want to produce.
Again, stock picks – if your guitar set did come with one – may not be the most suitable type for your needs. There are three kinds of picks: finger picks, thumb picks, and flat picks.
Flat picks are occasionally referred to as plectrums and are usually triangle in shape. They can be made from a wide variety of materials, from plastic to metal and stone, and come in varying degrees of thickness as well.
Thumb and finger picks are similar in the sense that they’re attached to a particular finger – or thumb – while flat picks have to be gripped.
How do you tune your instrument? Do you still do it the old school way with tuning forks and blowing and strumming until you see that everything works perfectly?
Hopefully, you’re beyond that stage. That’s like playing in the primitive age, guys and gals. Nowadays, there are electronic tuners you can use and they come in a wide variety of styles. There are tuners with analog and digital displays. There are also tuners specifically designed to suit the instrument you’re playing, from violins to pianos to banjos. And there are tuners that may be hand held or could be clamped or attached to your instrument.
As you can see, you’ve got a lot of choices so there are no excuses for not buying one that will help take you to the next level.
Haven’t you wondered how pro guitarists seem to be able to learn new chords in a matter of minutes? Well, one thing that makes that possible is the use of capos. Upon attaching them to your guitar, you can move them up and down, which will then raise or lower the tone of the keys you’re playing. As such, your hand can stay in the same position but still be able to play a diverse range of tunes.
The only time you have to move your hand or fingers beyond the range of the capo is when you need to do a little chord progression. Capos are also great for alternate chord voicing so they are definitely a good investment that will help launch you to the level of experts.
Imagine how embarrassing it would be if your guitar fell to the ground because your strap gave out? People are paying good money to see you – even if you’re just playing in a tiny, hole-in-the wall club in your neighborhood. They’re still paying to hear you play and here you are, not willing to invest in a good-quality strap.
Straps can be made from all kinds of synthetic materials like nylon and leather. Choose that which appeals to you most but just make sure it’s of superb quality, easily adjustable, and able to handle the weight of your guitar.
That’s it for basic musical instrument accessories that will help get you to the level of the pros. Now get pickin!