18 essential gadgets that will dramatically improve your guitar practice routine

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When it comes to learning guitar, there’s no such thing as a shortcut. To become proficient at your instrument you need to practice – but we know that’s easier said than done. At the beginning of your musical journey, the thought of sitting for hours running scales and chords is enough to put anyone off the instrument altogether.

Well, we’re here to tell you that practicing doesn’t need to be a chore. There are plenty of gadgets out there that will enhance your practice sessions and make your learning experience more enjoyable. 

From innovative tuning tools to interactive learning aids, state-of-the-art amps and must-have accessories, we’ve curated this selection of beginner-friendly gadgets that are sure to transform your practice routine. 

That said, it's not just pure beginners that will reap the benefits of these killer guitar gadgets. So, if you are an intermediate player looking to make some progress in your playing, then you'll want to read on, too. 

Clip-on guitar tuner

In the beginning, it can be very difficult to tune your guitar by ear. Now, while you'll most definitely develop your ear over time, we highly recommend picking up a clip-on guitar tuner. These handy devices will allow you to tune your guitar in seconds giving you more time to focus on the fun part – playing the guitar!  

Below you'll find three of our favorite tuners that cover various price points. 

Capo

What does a capo actually do? Well, very basically, a guitar capo is used to change the key of your instrument. So, if you were to place your capo on the second fret of your guitar and play a standard E major chord, you’ll now be playing an F# major instead – simple. 

So, if you plan on learning songs in a myriad of different keys, a capo is a must-have accessory that every beginner guitarist should have in their gigbag or case. 

Headphone amp

Having a fun and engaging amplifier that makes playing the guitar fun is a sure-fire way to improving your practice routine – and if they also help you keep the noise down, even better. 

Below you'll find three of our top desktop amps that come loaded with inspiring effects and amp models. So plug in your guitar, pop on your headphones and get lost in the wonderful world of excellent guitar tone.  

Practice amps

Looking for something a little bigger and more featured-packed than a headphone amp? Well, below you'll find our pick of the best practice amps on the market right now. These amplifiers sound so good that they are guaranteed to inspire you. 

Looper pedals

When you are first learning how to solo, it helps to have some context. That's where a looper pedal comes in. These humble stompboxes grant you the ability to loop chord progressions and riffs so you can practice soloing over the top, improving your timing, sense of harmony, and feel. 

Online guitar lessons

So, if you really want to improve as a player, it pays to get some lessons. Now, we are aware that it's not always practical to go for one-to-one lessons with a guitar teacher, but that's where these online lessons come in. 

There are many great online learning platforms available today, and each comes with its own approach and song library. Below are our three favorites. 

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